Mardi Gras will roll into Reynoldsburg Nov. 21 with sparkling beads and a carnival atmosphere complete with a king cake and New Orleans street signs.
The Reynoldsburg Area Chamber of Commerce's annual silent auction will follow the theme "Mardi Gras, Let the Good Times Roll" from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 21 at Reynoldsburg Eagles Aerie 3261, 1623 Brice Road.
Tickets cost $15 per person or $25 a couple.
Chamber Director Greta Stake said there will be silent auctions and a live auction at the event, which is the chamber's biggest fundraiser.
She said dress is casual or costume.
"We will have Mardi Gras beads for everyone and are having king cakes shipped here and sold by the slice," she said. "City Attorney Jed Hood will be our auctioneer and the price includes dinner before the auctions begin.
"We think it will be a really good time for everyone," she said.
The dinner will be catered by Reynoldsburg's Tumbleweed Restaurant and there will be a cash bar.
Stake said during her childhood, King Day was on Jan. 12 in New Orleans, which "is when all the balls start."
"Someone would give the first king cake party, which started out as French bread made in a big circle with icing and sprinkled sugar, and somewhere inside would be a little plastic baby," she said. "Whoever ended up with the baby had to have the next party, which was on each Friday until Mardi Gras."
Whoever finds the plastic baby in their slice of cake at the auction will win half the money collected in a 50/50 raffle, Stake said.
She said the live auction will feature items valued at $200 or more, such as a television and fire pit.
Stake said Meijer donated a $200 gift certificate for the live auction.
Items for the silent auction include $100 gift certificates to Cameron Mitchell restaurants, Ohio State University basketball tickets, a Costco gold star membership, wine baskets, gift baskets and Columbus Blue Jackets tickets, among others.
"Since our theme is Mardi Gras, we will have hurricane Jell-O shots during the dessert auction and our featured drink is a hurricane," she said. "We suggest you only have one -- we can always tell who has had more than one hurricane."
She said a Chinese auction also will be featured.
"If someone gives us earrings or watches and other jewelry, we will place those on separate table and when someone buys the raffle tickets, they would put one or all of the tickets on the item they want," she said. "At the end of the night, we will pull one ticket to see who gets the item."
Donations for auction items are still being accepted. To make a donation or order tickets, contact Stake at 614-866-4753 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"This is the major fundraiser for the chamber and the money will be used for operating expenses," she said. "If we make $5,000 or $10,000, it will still be a good time and a great chance to network and meet each other."
The chamber holds three other fundraisers throughout the year: a golf outing, Taste of Reynoldsburg and a business expo.
"New since last year is our bowling event, which is coming up in January," Stake said. "It is mostly a way to network. We had it at Holiday Lanes last year and will have it at Rule 3 this year."
Information about the Reynoldsburg Area Chamber of Commerce is available on the group's website, reynoldsburgchamber.com.