Updated: Mar 31
Fundraising galas are one of the most popular ways for nonprofit organizations to raise money and awareness for their causes. Typically involving a formal dinner, live entertainment, silent and live auctions, and games, attendees support a good cause, have an opportunity to dress up and spend a memorable night socializing with their community. This year’s Lexington-Rockbridge Chamber of Commerce’s fundraising gala certainly did not disappoint!
The 86th Annual Dinner Dance Auction held on February 25th at Evans Hall on the campus of Washington and Lee University raised funds to support the educational events and operations of the Chamber. Three hundred attendees enjoyed a jewel-toned Monopoly themed evening with a plated meal catered by CHEFS Catering, an entertaining live auction hosted by Cody Manspile of Circle C Auction Co, and dancing by The Worx. Guests were also treated to a signature drink, The Parker Brothers Old Fashioned, custom sugar cookie party favors, and sweet late night snacks--blackberry cupcakes with Three Notch'd Blackberry Gose icing, chocolate cupcakes with a Bailey's Irish Cream pipette, vanilla cupcakes with Breckinridge Vanilla Porter icing, and strawberry lemonade cupcakes with hints of Downeast Strawberry Cider and Basic City Citravana.
The fun-filled evening also included a photo booth, live auction raffle game, and a Chance Game, where guests could choose prizes, like bourbon, wine and jewelry from a community chest. And of course, what Monopoly themed event would be complete without a jail??
Although raising funds, networking, and hosting an unforgettable event are certainly goals for the evening, the Chamber strives to build community. Since 1985, the gala has honored The Business Person of the Year. The nominees are submitted to the Chamber’s Board of Directors by Chamber and community members from a pool of individuals who have contributed to the wellbeing and economic vitality of the community. A big congratulations to this year’s Business Person of the Year, Diana Schofield.
"Diana has owned and operated Rockbridge Music for more than 3 decades. During this time, she taught and supported hundreds of music students - both youth and adults. She has provided part time work for and mentored young people. She has provided support for the music programs at our local schools. She has played for charity events at no charge and has championed the local music scene through its ups and downs. Diana has done all this quietly, while raising four children, with no requests for recognition. During the pandemic, Diana kept Rockbridge Music going and provided much needed connections for musicians and others interested in learning a new skill during their restricted time. Diana is a humble role model as a woman business owner who contributes to the community in countless ways."
The Lexington-Rockbridge Chamber of Commerce thanks all the volunteers and sponsors who made this year's gala and fundraiser a complete success!
Bar Sponsor | Serendipity Farms
Stage Sponsor | Natural Bridge Hotel & Conference Center
Jail Sponsor | C.H.E.F.S. Catering Co.
Photo Booth Sponsor | H&K Properties
Party Favor Sponsor | Bank of Botetourt
Live Auction Raffle Game | Patrick Blevins, State Farm Insurance
Chance Game | JF Brown Real Estate
Late Night Snack | Brew Ridge Taps
Signature Cocktail | Hampton Inn Col Alto
Photography | October Grace Media