Nearly 200 local residents attended the 10th Annual Luck of the Draw dinner last Saturday evening, which was held at the Hallar Building.
The popular event is a fundraiser for the Holden Area Chamber of Commerce, and is the group’s biggest fundraiser of the year.
Proceeds from the evening will go toward the yearly $1,000 Chamber of Commerce Scholarships, which are awarded to Holden and Kingsville graduating seniors each May.
Also, additional funds raised will go toward community betterment and beautification programs, according to Chamber members.
As “luck would have it,” everyone attending the exciting event won a fabulous prize, all of which were donated by area merchants.
Since prizes were awarded all night, the last five, whose names hadn’t yet been called, stood anxiously waiting to hear what they won.
Returning entertaining emcees, Kevin Coleman and Mike Fisher deliberately called each winner’s name slowly and the anticipation was hard to bear!
Finally, the last few lucky entries were called and the results were – Lucky Grand Prize winners – Tyler and Valerie Davis – winning the $2,500!
Other winners included Allen Mensch, $500; Ross and Pam Daldrup, $500; Jared Watterson, $100; and Mike and Martha Gard, $100.
The theme for the action-packed night was a ”Pirate” theme and those attending were encouraged to dress up in attire influenced by the “high seas” theme.
A costume contest was held during the evening’s festivities.
Winners were – first place, Bev Lory; second place, Jen Gavoli; and taking third place honors were Don and Camilla Johnson (see photo).
The evening celebration included a delicious meal catered by Jamie’s Place.
The menu offered shrimp and chicken, or sausage and chicken gumbo, and they were served with rice and cheese biscuits.
A delectable dessert accompanying the meal was Dirt Cake, with gold and silver Oreo cookie “coins.”
Everyone had plenty to eat and drink (perhaps some of that island rum was flowing!), and each couple won a prize!
Chamber organizers say, “The event could not have happened without so many wonderful volunteers!” The Chamber wishes to thank community members for attending and playing along, all of the merchants who donated prizes so everyone could win something, and all those volunteers whose hard work paid off – as the evening was a resounding success!