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Chamber’s Big Top Showcase Sets Records

Photos by Deborah Clark

The Greater Vidalia Chamber’s “Big Top Showcase” held Friday night at the Community Center set records in attendance, fundraising and in the number of items donated for an auction that capped off the evening.

An estimated 400 plus people gathered “Under the Big Top” to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and silent and live auctions featuring 198 items ranging from gift baskets and gym memberships, to a low country boil for 75, a wine tasting for 12, tickets for an Atlanta Braves game, a guided canoe/ kayak trip, a four-night stay on the beachfront in Daytona, a football and case signed by Stetson Bennett and Kirby Smart, and a murder mystery party for 8.

The big win of the evening was a $5,000 cash prize that went to Monroe and Natasha Goss, who graciously donated their prize to the Chamber.

Folks wearing a variety of circus-inspired outfits had fun in the carnival-themed atmosphere. It was all for a good cause. Proceeds go to Chamber programs and investments for members. The event, which has been a community tradition since 1992, provides an opportunity for businesses to stage booths that promote their wares and services, and offers both businesses and attendees a prime location in which to network.

Cochairs, or “ringleaders,” for this year’s event were Angela Lane and Sabrina Woodruff. John Koon served as emcee and Chris Pinard was the auctioneer.

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