The Grove City Chamber Foundation is staying in the game with its annual fundraiser, as the 2017 event will again feature a Las Vegas theme.

"We did it last year and people really seemed to like it," said Marilyn Reiner, the chamber's events manager. "It was fun to bring a little Las Vegas flavor to Grove City."

The event, "What Happens in Grove City, Stays in Grove City," will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. April 29 at Oakhurst Country Club, 3223 Norton Road.

The evening will include a floor show featuring Swing's the Thing and a return performance by comedy magician Carroll Baker.

Tickets, at $100 per person, include dinner, a cash bar, dancing, a silent auction and entry into a drawing for prizes including $10,000 in cash and $5,000 in additional cash and prizes, Reiner said.

The prize amounts will be adjusted if fewer than 300 tickets are sold.

A reverse raffle also will be held, in which each ticket drawn is eliminated from the raffle until the last winning ticket is left.

"It really builds up the tension more than a regular raffle where you just draw the winning ticket," Reiner said. "It gets really exciting as you get down to the last five tickets."

The silent auction will include items such as televisions, a laptop computer, jewelry from Meyers Jewelers, gift cards from area businesses and restaurants, and memorabilia from the Columbus Blue Jackets and other local sports teams, Reiner said.

This is the major fundraiser for the foundation, which has awarded more than $38,000 in scholarships since its founding in 2012, said Greg Dawkins, vice president.

Last year, the foundation awarded $13,000 in scholarships to 20 recipients, he said.

"Our mission is summed up in the statement we have on our website: 'giving strength to tomorrow's business leaders through education,' " Dawkins said.

"We believe we can help build up our community by supporting students with our scholarships," he said. "It's our way of helping make our community an even better place to live and do business."

Scholarships are given to employees and family members of chamber-member businesses and graduating high school seniors who live in the South-Western City School District attendance area, Dawkins said. The students can attend public or parochial schools.

Scholarships can be used to help pay for post-secondary education or toward certification or technical training, he said.

The foundation also provides scholarships to students already involved in a post-secondary program or who have previously received a scholarship from the organization.

"We want to be able to continue to support students even after they graduate from high school," Dawkins said.

Event reservations are due by April 24, Reiner said.

Tickets can be ordered by calling Reiner at 614-875-9762 or emailing marilyn@ gcchamber.org.

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