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'Fly Me to the Moon'

Chamber aims high with Evening of Elegance theme


Organizers for the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce's Evening of Elegance hope this year's event will soar to new heights.

With a Rat-Pack theme of "Fly Me to the Moon," the Evening of Elegance board believes it will top last year's successful "Gatsby" theme.

"We left on such a high note last year," said chamber events coordinator Matt Lofy. "There's a lot of energy around on this one."

The black-tie-optional affair, the largest annual fundraiser for the chamber, will begin at 6 p.m. Nov. 15 at Villa Milano, 1630 Schrock Road.

The Evening of Elegance will feature drinks, dinner and a dessert bar designed to get attendees up and networking during the event, Lofy said.

Local band InnerVision will entertain attendees with Rat Pack classics.

Items on the silent and live auctions also have reached a new level, Lofy said.

An American Girl package, donated by the physicians at OhioHealth Westerville Medical Campus, will include the 2013 limited edition doll with two doll outfits, a model dog a hot air balloon for the doll, a $100 gift card to the American Girl store and $50 gift card to the Rusty Bucket.

The Medallion Golf Club donated a business golf outing featuring 18 holes of golf for 16 people, with golf carts, boxed lunches, a beverage card and a gift from Medallion for each golfer.

Worthington Cylinders has donated the opportunity for a group of eight to meet the animals that travel with Jack Hanna at the Columbus Zoo.

As it has for many years, Roush Honda again has donated a one-year lease on new vehicle. The lease in the past has been on a new-year Accord, but this year's winner will be able to choose between a Accord and a Pilot.

The event once again will feature the chocolate raffle, which allows attendees to purchase a bag of chocolate from Chocolaterie Stam for a chance to win one of three pieces of jewelry from Morgan's Treasures.

This year, many chamber members, new and old, have stepped up to make the Evening of Elegance stand out, Lofy said.

"We're getting a lot of chamber members who haven't donated or who haven't been part of events or some people who have brining some new ideas and energy," he said. Tickets for the Evening of Elegance, which is open to the public, are $65 each or $700 for a corporate table of 10, which includes table signage, a listing in the bidder's guide and two bottles of wine.