Fundraiser will aid chamber, food pantry
The Reynoldsburg Chamber of Commerce is gathering donations for it annual Harvest Fiesta fundraiser, scheduled for Nov. 15.
The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, 1623 Brice Road.
Mary Hudson, of the Reynoldsburg Visitors and Community Activities Bureau, said the Harvest Fiesta will feature entertainment and a large auction of items from local businesses, a dessert auction, a 50/50 raffle and a Chinese raffle.
"This is a wonderful event and the entire community is invited," she said.
She said dinner will be provided by presenting sponsor Tumbleweed Southwest Grill. The Fraternal Order of the Eagles also will have an open cash bar that evening.
City Attorney Jed Hood will be the auctioneer.
Hudson said the event will also feature a food drive to collect items for the Reynoldsburg Helping Hands food pantry.
Tickets are $15 per person or two for $25. If a business donates $100 or more, it will receive a free ticket, she said.
"The Fiesta is where the holiday season begins," Hudson said.
She said tickets are available at the chamber office, 1580 Brice Road. Call 614-866-4753 to reserve tickets.
Those interested may also contact event co-chairs Pragya Kharel at 614-762-0097, Kerri Beany Foulks at 614-866-1600, or Stacey Sampson at 614-221-3233.
Hudson said she hopes local businesses will donate items that they make or sell, to get "valuable exposure" for their products.
Businesses that don't have items that could be raffled off might be able to donate a night at a nearby bed and breakfast or a day-trip spot, or might have a client or customer who is an artist or craftsman who could donate a handmade item, she said.
Donations will be recognized in the program and on the website, as well as posted on the chamber's Facebook page.
Those donating items for the auction can call the chamber at 614-866-4753 to arrange to have them picked up, Hudson said.
So far, she said, the list of auction items includes gift baskets from Tumbleweed and Uno's Chicago Grill; a year of pizza from Donatos; a llama encounter from Rick Wagner Insurance; technology services from Total Technology Solutions; a personal chef dinner for four, in Mexican or Indian cuisine, by Kharel; car detailing by Macron Detailing; a meal with drinks for four at TJ's Restaurant; a harvest-themed basket from First Service Federal Credit Union and more.