Main Street Portsmouth (MSP) is gearing up for their annual Celebrate Portsmouth dinner, which will be held March 9.
Celebrate Portsmouth is Main Street Portsmouth’s only event geared completely towards fundraising for the organization. It is also used as the group’s annual meeting to discuss a year of progress in the downtown and connecting partners with the community.
Main Street’s mission statement is simple, “Building Community by Revitalizing Downtown.” They believe in a healthy, prosperous downtown where locals are proud to live, work, and play. Their work is comprised of 38 annual events, dozens of partnerships among other organizations, a grant program for small business and property owners, investment in downtown design and seasonal arrangements, an ample supply of tools for growing businesses, and more.
All funding from the upcoming event will go towards the continuation of these many programs in the mission.
“Main Street survives off of community support to make our work possible. We are lucky to have many members on the personal and business level, so that we don’t have to charge for the majority of our events. The only event we actually host to raise funding is the Celebrate Portsmouth dinner, and we are proud of that,” explained Executive Director, Joseph Pratt. “We want the fundraiser to also be rewarding for the guests. Through partnerships with Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC), which continues to be a staple of our success, and a great relationship with local chef Scott Claypool, we are able to keep our cost low. Our drinks even come at a discount thanks to support from another small business, the Party Connection. Because of the mass support from these partners, we can offer the best quality experience at a price that allows us to benefit the downtown and keep the cost fair to guests.”
The second half of the fundraiser is a silent auction that guests can frequent throughout the evening. The items range in value and most guests can find something that interests them at a discount and on a budget.
According to Pratt, there will be local art, date night packages centered around local activities. There are also tickets to local theater performances, sports themed gifts and more.
“One of my favorite aspects of the night is networking with so many great people. We have several table sponsors, not only small businesses Copies Galore, Century 21, Gracie Plum Investments and Hunter Williams Insurance, but we have tables for SOMC, SSU, OSCO, Portsmouth City Council, Glockner, Daily Times, and more,” explained Pratt. “We have so many movers and shakers gathered in one night, it is wonderful to hear all of the great work being achieved. The list continues to grow, too!”
The cost of table sponsorship is $500 and includes 10 seats. Individual tickets are $50 and are available in the Main Street Portsmouth office at the Scioto County Welcome Center, 342 2nd Street. Dinner is being provided by Chef Scott Claypool and SOMC.
Celebrate Portsmouth is going to be held March 9, between 6 and 8 p.m., at the SOMC Friends Community Center.
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