An event traditionally held on a cold winter night again is expected to draw a large number of people to the Shops at Worthington Place.
The Evening in Support of Excellence, a fundraiser for the Worthington Educational Foundation, last year raised more than $30,000 for grants for the Worthington City Schools.
This year, the gala will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25.
Rivage Atlantique, the popular restaurant in downtown Worthington, will provide food.
Silent and live auctions will include items from local businesses, trips, spa packages and photography packages.
A silent-auction item will be a trip to Kentucky's Bourbon Trail, with visits to distilleries and a stay at an inn along the trail.
The live auction will feature a week at a vacation home in North Carolina; a private dinner for 10 to be prepared and served by Worthington Superintendent of Schools Thomas Tucker; and a trip to Napa Valley.
New this year will be an art auction for the works of Worthington school students.
The Party Studio will do a large painting upon which each attendee may leave a mark.
All proceeds will be used to fund grants that use innovative materials and methods and are not part of the regular curriculum in Worthington classrooms.
In its nearly 25-year history, the foundation has raised more than $400,000 in contributions and awarded more than 400 grants to Worthington teachers and staff members.
Tickets for the Evening in Support of Excellence are $25 each and are available online at worthedfoundation.org.