Golden Bear Bash
Evening honors Huffmans for community service
Glenda and Tim Huffman, along with their son, Ryan, will be this year's honorees at the Golden Bear Bash, sponsored by the Upper Arlington Education Association. They own Huffman's Market in the Tremont Center.
Upper Arlington's seventh annual Golden Bear Bash will take over the Tremont Center this year to honor the Huffman family for 28 years of community service and support.
The party for adults only begins at 7 p.m. Sept. 1 at the Tremont Center, 2126 Tremont Road. General admission tickets are $50 each and can be purchased online at GoldenBearBash.com.
People who want to attend should act fast, said Joanie Dugger, executive director of the Upper Arlington Education Foundation.
"We won't be able to take tickets at the door, so we would like to have all reservations and ticket requests in by Friday, Aug. 23," Dugger said.
She said the website will take ticket requests over the weekend of Aug. 23, but organizers hope to get all reservations in by Friday.
Dugger said Glenda and Tim Huffman, along with their son, Ryan, owners of Huffman's Market in the Tremont Center, are being honored this year because of their dedication to the community.
"They support every event that has happened in this community and have been incredibly generous to Upper Arlington schools," she said. "It is our pleasure to lift them up and honor them in a way that we know many people will be there to celebrate them."
Tim Huffman said having the event at the Tremont Center "in the heart of Upper Arlington, is awesome."
"When you have a shopping center made up of mostly family-owned businesses that have seen so many children grow up here, it is amazing," he said. "We love UA and everything it represents."
Dugger said last year's event raised $84,000 to help support grants for Upper Arlington teachers and the needs of school programs.
"Our goal for this year's bash is to raise money for projects that go beyond the district's budget and at the same time, we want to work with the merchants, our neighbors and the city to make this a fantastic experience for everyone involved," she said.
Dugger said a number of local restaurants and businesses will provide food at the bash, including Piada Italian Street Food, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Bob Evans, Carsonies Strombolie & Pizza Kitchen, Dave's Dogs and More, Donatos, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, Starbucks, Nicola Restaurant and Bar and Moretti's of Upper Arlington.
"We will have a big tent where each of our food vendors will have their own station," Dugger said. "Their staff will be greeting our guests.
"We think it is important for the community to see who is supporting our kids, because they make decisions every week where they are going to eat or shop, and we want them to see clearly who is sponsoring us so they can, in turn, support those professionals," she said.
She called the sponsor restaurants and businesses "an all-star group."
"We have had a wide base of support and we are very proud and humbled about how these businesses have stepped up in a major way," she said.
The event includes live music, a cash bar, a live and silent auction and other activities.
Items in the silent auction include a night of Columbus Blue Jackets hockey and dinner; eight AMC movie passes, a $300 gift certificate to Attractive Nails; golf and lunch for three at Scioto Country Club; four mowing services from Carlisle Lawn Service and two complimentary nights at Hyatt Place/Grandview Yard.
Dugger said UAEF grants have funded a number of school projects, including the ADA-accessible school playground at Barrington, a district Community Art Quilt project, technology updates at Burbank, classroom speaking engagements with civil rights icon Ruby Bridges and children's author Michael Rosen, among others.
She said the Golden Bear Bash is the foundation's only major fundraiser.
"While we think of it as a fundraiser, we also think of the event as a friend-raiser," Dugger said. "It is a great opportunity for parents to meet each other and for the community to come together and support the school district."
She said it is not a black tie event; dress is casual.
"It is a fun evening where you aren't just seated at a table," she said. "It is a moving party and we hope people will be up and dancing, along with bidding on items in the silent and live auctions."