The Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce's biggest annual event will bring its usual elegance along with some intrigue.

The Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce's biggest annual event will bring its usual elegance along with some intrigue.

The chamber's 23rd annual Evening of Elegance will start at 6 p.m. Nov. 13 at Villa Milano, 1630 Schrock Road.

The theme for this year's black-tie-optional event will be "Masquerade Ball," with attendees encouraged to wear formal suits or ball gowns. There will be scene-setting music, purple and gold dcor, mask decorations and a sense of mystery, said Lindsay Brown, events coordinator for the chamber.

"The theme just kind of sets the tone for the evening," she said. "It kind of brings everything together."

The event, which raised about $25,000 last year, costs $65 per person or $650 for a corporate table. Those interested in attending must RSVP by Nov. 4 through the chamber's Web site, www.westervillechamber.com, or by calling the chamber at (614) 882-8917.

For the price of tickets, Evening of Elegance attendees are treated to dinner and entertainment and are able to participate in the auction.

Auction items this year include reserved box seating for 18 guests at a Columbus Blue Jackets game, donated by Chase; the one-year use of a Honda Accord LX, arranged by Roush Honda; a scooter, donated by Iron Pony; his and hers bikes, donated by Mount Carmel St. Ann's; a cocktail party for eight at J. Gilberts Woodfired Steaks, donated by J. Gilberts; two tickets to a 2010 Ohio State football game, donated by Midwest Insurance Consultants; and a round of golf, including cart fees to The Lakes Golf and Country Club, The Medallion Club and Little Turtle Country Club.

Again this year, Evening of Elegance patrons will be able to purchase a box of chocolates for a chance to win one of three pieces of jewelry valued at more than $800 each.

Money raised through the event helps the chamber maintain its services and support community events and organizations, Brown said.

"It helps us to do things in the community," she said. "We support Leadership Westerville, the tree-lighting at Christmas, the Westerville symphony. We have the Chamber Foundation."

The Evening of Elegance also gives community members the opportunity to get dressed up and socialize with one another, said chamber marketing and communications coordinator Erin Glaser.

"There aren't that many opportunities to get dressed up in black-tie (garb)," Glaser said. "It's a fun event."

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