Main Street Chillicothe and the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce hosted their 8th annual Piccadilly Gala fundraising event Thursday evening at the Chillicothe Elks Lodge.
Main Street Chillicothe and the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce hosted their 8th annual Piccadilly Gala fundraising event Thursday evening at the Chillicothe Elks Lodge. More than 300 tickets were sold for the ladies night out and gala event, which featured a dinner, and an auction of 165 items with a combined value of $14,428. “This year, we had the most items we have ever had donated,” said Crystal Narr, executive director of the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce. “We could not put on this event without the generosity and support of our community and businesses.” The items were sold with bids ranging from 25 cents to $3. Those wishing to bid could toss in the correct amount of quarters in a can placed at their tables and hold up their bid numbers to indicate that they were bidding on the item. If their number was drawn, then they won the item that was being sold. The annual Piccadilly Gala is a popular event and is the biggest fundraiser for Main Street Chillicothe and the Chamber of Commerce. More than 300 tickets were sold in less than 48 hours. Numbers from this year’s Piccadilly are not yet finalized. Proceeds from the event will go toward economic development of the Chillicothe community and historic revitalization in the downtown district. Main Street Chillicothe’s focus is to enhance the vitality of the downtown by preserving its history, recruiting new businesses, strengthening existing businesses, and promoting the downtown area. “Our part of the money raised from Piccadilly goes toward our efforts in revitalizing the heart of our downtown community,” said Micah Landes, executive director of Main Street Chillicothe. Main Street hosts more than 15 events as well as provides a beautiful environment with flowers, banners, holiday greenery and Christmas lights, Landes said. Main Street assists building owners with facade grants, facilitates the mural program and carries out the maintenance. The organization also works to retain and recruit businesses to downtown by providing resources such as business planning, location selection and providing educational supportive efforts throughout the year. The Chamber of Commerce is the main voice of businesses and has the mission to promote, develop and support its membership in order to foster a sustainable, prosperous business environment. “We are proud to offer the Piccadilly Gala as a fun night out for our area ladies each year,” Narr said. “It is a great event for us to raise funds for both of our organizations while having fun.” Among items in the live auction were a YMCA family membership, valued at $560, with a bid price of $1; a Columbia Package (including a 10 person wine-tasting tour and two university concert tickets, valued at $360, with a bid price of $1. In addition to the live Piccadilly auction, guests had two opportunities to win something unique: a necklace donated and designed by Sensenich Jeweler, and a Getaway Giveaway, valued at $450. The theme of this year’s Piccadilly was “Piccadilly Over Ice.” Attendees were given gift bags with items from sponsoring businesses. Woody’s Automotive Group hosted the event as the diamond sponsor. Darren Lauhoff served as the master of ceremonies. Chamber President Scott Rule and Main Street Chillicothe President Pam Jarding welcomed the guests. There were 36 volunteer waiters who waited tables and assisted with the auction. They included Rolfe McCoy, David Mattingly, Aaron Landes, Derrick Stonger, Clint Baker, Wade Dixon, Mike Sensenich, Steve Shoot, Eric Sensenich, David Hibler, Trentis Miller, Tyler White, Ian Gramenz, Tyrel Treat, David Seiberling, Rick Baker, Ryan Ferguson, Shawn Sewell, Dave Mapel, Will Edmisson, Randy Dean, Robert Smith, Ben White, Brett Thorne, Larry Taft, Adam Crouch, Jaime Saucedo, Adam Brown, Michael Smith, Gary Holley, Tanner Johnson, Blaze Hussey, DJ Midgyett, Clayton Dahlberg, Shawn Hotzclaw, Savioun Sullivan and Travis Darr. The Piccadilly Gala Committee consisted of Susan Cunningham, Staci Baker, Jill Distler, Jennifer Bonham, Michelle Sewell, Candy Warren, Micah Landes, Ben White, Crystal Narr and Kate Lyons.