The 25th anniversary Evening of Elegance auction was a memorable evening. Two-hundred-eighty-six guests filled the three-level ballroom at Villa Milano. Flickering candles, beautiful flower centerpieces designed and sponsored by Reno's Floral & Gifts, and shimmering white lights surrounded the ballroom. The evening also featured festive sounds by Hypersounds Entertainment, sponsored by FastSigns. We are most appreciative to the guests who attended Friday evening.

The 25th anniversary Evening of Elegance auction was a memorable evening. Two-hundred-eighty-six guests filled the three-level ballroom at Villa Milano. Flickering candles, beautiful flower centerpieces designed and sponsored by Reno's Floral & Gifts, and shimmering white lights surrounded the ballroom. The evening also featured festive sounds by Hypersounds Entertainment, sponsored by FastSigns. We are most appreciative to the guests who attended Friday evening.

The auction planning committee was led by Mark Faubel, Swisher Financial Concepts Inc. The solicitation efforts, the heart and soul of this chamber event, were led by dozens of dedicated volunteers, which included making phone calls and picking up items from generous businesses.

Members involved with solicitation as well as setting up the event were: Gianna Barrett and Emily Steel, Westerville Magazine; Linda Beckner, Griffith Law Offices; Mark Betts, Pulse Promo; Mark Faubel, Swisher Financial Concepts Inc.; Travis Sanders, Fahey Bank and chamber chairman of the board; Kyle Stroh, Metz, Bailey, McLoughlin; Andi Brown-Dalton, Stewart Title Agency of Columbus; Scott Grotelueschen, Associated Financial Services; Jean Halpin, Ohio Health Westerville Medical Campus; Scott Lanning, Chase; Derrick Manly, KEMBA Financial Credit Union; Kris Michel and Anna Nelson, Chocolaterie STAM; Victoria McCoy, Crown Benefits; Jim Knox, Worthington Cylinders Corp.; Mike MacKay, Renier Construction; Nicole Shook-Moya, Nicole's Catering; Gwen Nichols, Pusateri, Nichols & Co.; Rick Rano, RE/MAX Affiliates Inc.; Ruth Stenberg, Concord Counseling Services; Jim Sterling, Sterling Consulting Services LLC; Erin Stitzel, Mount Carmel St. Ann's; Christy Stocker, Nationwide Children's Hospital; Danny Thomas, Villa Milano; Wanda Wells, WANA Cruise.

Additional location sponsors at the event included Barb Gizzo, Mary Kay Cosmetics; Nationwide Children's Hospital Westerville Close to Home Center; HCR/ManorCare Nursing and Rehabilitation Center; The Village at Westerville Nursing and Assisted Living Center; The Village at Westerville Retirement Center; OhioHealth Westerville Medical Campus; Stewart Title Agency of Columbus; Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Center; Lake Forest/Kensington Grove/ St. Andrews at Little Turtle; Westerville Square Inc.; Renier Construction; Edgewood Manor of Westerville.

Also, a special thanks to Fifth Third Bank for assisting with the "checkout" portion of the event.

The evening ended with the popular chocolate box jewelry raffle sponsored by Chocolaterie STAM. A representative from Mount Carmel St. Ann's received the winning box of chocolates and chose one of three jewelry items purchased at Morgan's Treasure Custom Jewelry. This year's jewelry choices included a pair of diamond stud earrings, a white and black diamond necklace and a green amethyst and diamond accent ring.

On behalf of the chamber staff and the board of trustees, we greatly appreciate the community support for the Evening of Elegance auction. Our area businesses are what makes the auction such a delightful evening and marks this event as one of Westerville's premier events that brings the community together, complementing our business-friendly environment.

Janet Tressler-Davis

President/CEO

Westerville Area

Chamber of Commerce