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Evening in Support of Education

Foundation's gala draws 700

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Performer Mark Abbati chats with Worthington Kilbourne volunteer Rita Casto during the Worthington Educational Foundation's second annual gala, Evening in Support of Education, at The Shops at Worthington Place on Jan. 26.

The second annual Evening in Support of Education was much the same as the first -- a rousing success.

Approximately 700 people attended the fundraiser for the Worthington Educational Foundation on Jan. 26 at The Shops at Worthington Place.

Some new faces were in the crowd, but overall numbers, including the nearly $30,000 raised, were about the same as the 2012 event.

This year, mall renovations were completed, so the crowd could spread out more, organizer Pat Kelso said.

There was plenty of food, drinks, entertainment and live and silent auctions throughout the mall, yet the event maintained an intimate atmosphere, she said.

"It was like a big party at someone's house," she said.

Guests have given her plenty of positive feedback.

"People were coming up and saying it's good you do this in January; it gives us something to look forward to," Kelso said.

She thanked Tom Carter and the staff at the mall for helping make the event a success. Hundreds of businesses and restaurants donated food, money and auction items, she said.

Proceeds will support the WEF, which provides grants to Worthington City School District students and teachers for projects that go beyond the basic curriculum.

Next year's event is being planned for Jan. 25, 2014.