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To the Editor:
The Carroll County Arts Board wishes to express a sincere thank you to all those who help support our volunteer operated organization.

We recently held the inaugural “Oil Barons Ball” at the Atwood Lake Resort. The idea was to have a main fund raising event for our organization that was unique and fun for the community. By all accounts it was a huge success and the largest fundraiser in Arts Center history. We collected over $30,000. The inspiration and guidance to execute the gala came from one of our members, Linda Faa. Linda’s husband, Lee, is a talented photographer who frequently contributes to our Art Center through exhibits and classes. Linda recently retired from a long and successful career in fund raising. She volunteered her time and knowledge in leading our committee through to a successful result. We had a sellout of available tickets with a waiting list. The event was able to showcase the newly reopened Lodge and many of our attendees took advantage of the overnight accommodations.

The evening opened with a patron party where we enjoyed the guitar playing of John Dendak. An excellent dinner was served by the Lodge followed by dancing to the music of the legendary Jack Halkides. A main sponsor of the event, Chesapeake Energy, presented the board a check for $10,000. A lively auction was conducted by longtime arts supporter Bill Newell. Our guests bid on items donated by Loudon Ford, Gasser Fine Jewelry, Guess Motors, Shady Hollow Country Club, Diane Betz Granger and TNT, the producer of the Dallas TV show.
We extend our gratitude to the following generous sponsors of programs and operation of our Art Center; Accurate Investigative Services, Dale and Ina Gallaher, Ken and Colleen Joseph, Kelchner, William and Barb Martin, Richard and Judy Miller, Pissocra-Mathias Realty, Grady Rentals, Bob and Carol Walter and Wendy’s.

There were so many more that contributed with donations, ticket purchases, talent, time and energy that they are too numerous to mention here. Please visit our website www.carrollcountyarts.org to see a full list of participants and our upcoming programs.

We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the support of the community and for every person that made our event such a success enabling us to continue fostering the creative spirit in Carroll County.

Syndy Willen
President
Carroll County Arts Board

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