POMEROY — Kountry Resort Campground in Pomeroy was the venue for the Meigs County chamber of Commerce Spring Dinner and Auction.
The annual event was held April 1 with a The Wizard of Oz theme, centered on “There’s No Place Like Home,” which is how the chamber feels about Meigs County.
This event is the chamber’s largest fundraiser of the year and was held at resort with the support of the facility’s new owners, Andrew and Therese Campbell. Approximately 100 people attended the dinner. The main course of steak, chicken or salmon was prepared by “Tom Reed and his famous grill team.”
The highlight of the Spring Dinner was the Silent and Live Auction, with Mark Porter returning as the auctioneer. Area businesses and individuals donate a variety of items to the chamber fundraiser, and auction items are sometimes creative. They have included live trees, picnic tables, a covered wagon, wine, various themed baskets and whiskey cherries.
One special auction item this year was a one-year dorm voucher sponsored by Rio Grande Community College, valued at $4,700. A number of attendees banded together to win the bid, and plan to use it as a scholarship award, which will be managed by the Meigs chamber. Dr. Michelle Johnston, president of the University of Rio Grande, presented the donation.
DJ Kip Grueser provided entertainment for the night that was organized by chamber director Whitney Thoene and board members Tina Wood Richards, Amber Johnson and Tammy Grueser.
Auction donations were provided by: Bartee Photography, chamber of commerce, Clark’s Jewelry Store, Farmers Bank and Savings Company, Front Paige Outfitters ,Gary Coleman Photography, Home National Bank, Rio Grande Community College, The Daily Sentinel, WBYG 99.5 Big Country, WYVK-WMPO 92.1, Carl Michael Magician, COSI, Dale and Kathryn Hart, The Fabric Shop, Francis Florist, Fruth Pharmacy, Fur Peace Ranch, The Grill Team, Hill’s Classic Cars, LLC , Hill’s Citgo, Holzer Acute Care, Jittery Joe’s, Karr Contracting, Shade River Ag, King ACE Hardware, Paul and Laurie Reed, Mark Porter Chev Buick GMC, Mary T. Byer-Hill, Meigs County Auditor, Meigs County Historical Society, Meigs Independent Press, Ohio Health O’Blenness Hospital , Ohio Valley Bank , Peoples Bank , Pleasant Valley Hospital , Pleasant Valley Hospital , Quality Print Shop, Reed & Baur Insurance Agency, Reflections Beauty Salon, Alyssa Richards, Riverside Auto and Towing, LLC, Seasons Gifts and Home, Simmons Musser Warner Insurance, Subway, Sweet Dreams Chocolates, Swisher & Lohse Pharmacy, Treasure Chest, Two Olde Hens, The Vaughan Agency, Weaving Stitches, Wild Horse Café, and Wolfe Mountain Entertainment .
The chamber also auctioned RJ, the chamber Goose, who will make his home with the Tuppers Plains Branch of Farmers Bank this year. RJ is not a real goose, and is not stressed by the move.
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