The Counseling Center is making plans for the first Celebrity Dinner and Auction from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, June 4 at the SOMC Friends Center. The event will serve as a fundraiser for the center’s outreach and prevention programs.
The event will feature more than 20 community celebrities who will be in attendance with their homemade speciality dishes.
“The intent of the event is to raise some funds that we can use to continue our prevention services, both community-based as well as school-based,” Clarence Parker, prevention program manager for The Counseling Center said.
He said prevention services have experienced a cut in funding from the state of Ohio, so they are having to look for alternative means of funding.
“We are looking at ways and means to become a little more self-sufficient in our way of funding,” Parker said.
“The celebrities will be bringing their favorite dishes. We will be serving those dishes to each of the participants,” he said. There will be copies of the celebrities’ recipes available for purchase at the event.
The Counseling Center has contracted with Sodexo catering to provide the main course of the meal, including a pecan-encrusted chicken, carved prime rib and spring strawberry and red onion salad.
Local radio personality Steve Hayes will be serving as the emcee for the event. Dr. Clyde Fenton and his band Doc Roc will be performing.
There will also be three types of auctions taking place at the event, including a silent, Chinese and live auction taking place as well.
Items that will be up for auction include a Friday and Saturday night stay and dinner for two at Hilton Columbus at Easton, a limousine ride for a party of up to 10 to Huntington and back. There will be four Bengals tickets available, an autographed Al Oliver Bobble head and two Sony home theater systems. Those items will be available during the live auction.
The silent auction will include chances for dog training sessions, an all American gift basket and Chasteen Aviation is giving someone the chance to fly, with two up-in-the-air lessons courtesy of the school.
During the Chinese Auction there will be a number of gift certificates from area restaurants, a series of books from Praises, free tire rotation and balancing and a free weekend rental from Enterprise Rent-a-Car.
There are many other items that will be available during the three auctions.
“This is all for the benefit of our children, for our youth, for our summer outreach program, for our school-based prevention services,” Parker said.
“The ultimate goal would be to generate the income that would allow us to continue to provide the kind of quality prevention services in the school and in our community that will allow us to make a difference in our young people’s lives.”
Tickets are $20 per person or $250 for a table of eight. Seating is limited so advanced tickets are recommended. Tickets will be available at the door as space allows.
In conjunction with the event, a fundraising community run is planned June 13, with details pending.
For more information about the dinner and auction, call Tammy Trinidad, (740) 355-2309.