WE’RE DOING IT AGAIN! The 2018 Celebrate Marion Gala will be June 2, 2018, at the Marion Palace Theatre. Check back here for details and ticket options.
The first Celebrate Marion Gala was held on June 3, 2017, at the Marion Palace Theatre. Hosted by Marion Community Foundation, the Gala celebrated the many positive things happening in Marion, Ohio. This formal, black tie optional, event included a dinner, awards show with entertainment, and an after party.
The event began at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour and catered dinner in the May Pavilion. The formal dinner was attended by more than 430 people–the maximum capacity of the Pavilion–and catered by All Occasions Catering. Melody Warick, author of This is Where You Belong, addressed the guests. At 8 p.m., the event moved into the main house of the Theatre for an awards ceremony and entertainment featuring a number of successful performers with hometown ties to Marion, including jazz musicians Bill Sims, Jr. and Randy Baker, actresses Carly Augenstein and Emma Fitzpatrick, singers Sara Grote and John Garnes, a capella group NINE, and the MarionMade! community choir. The evening concluded with an after party and dancing in the Pavilion.
The 2017 Honorees included:
Philanthropists — Benjamin Waddell, Henry True, Bob & Dottie Wopat, George Alber, and A. Merle Hamilton
Historical Figures — Warren G. Harding, Eber Baker, Edward Huber, W. Hoover Brown, and George W. King
People — Larry Barnett, Bob Nunnally, Mary Ellen Withrow, Jody Demo-Hodgins and Pam Hall
Places — The Ohio State University at Marion & Marion Technical College, Harding Memorial, Harding Home, Tallgrass Trail, and Marion County Fairgrounds & Veterans’ Memorial Coliseum
Products — Whirlpool Corp., Wyandot, Inc., Wilson Bohannan Lock Company, Nucor Steel Marion, and Sims Bros. Recycling
Programs Tri-Rivers Career Center/RAMTEC, Marion Family YMCA, OhioHealth Marion General Hospital, Marion Police Dept. MPACT, and Marion Popcorn Festival
The event was hosted by Marion Community Foundation and supported by the following sponsors: Dixon Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, Lehman Capital Management Group, Marion CANDO!, OhioHealt,h Sims Bros Recycling, Star, Stifel, Vincent Fogel Olson Group of Merrill Lynch, Whetstone Financial, Marion Public Library, The Ohio State University at Marion, Eric’s Auto Glass, United Bank, United Way of Marion County, Verne Hart Insurance, Boyd-Born Funeral Home, Carroll’s Jewelers, Dr. Charles & Lyn Garvin, Cummins Facility Services, Downtown Marion, Inc., Fahey Bank, Dr. Kimberly Stark, Marion Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, McDaniel Automotive, Morral Companies, ProScape Lawn & Landscape Services, Snyder Funeral Homes, Wilson Bohannan Lock Company, Black Heritage Council, Marion Community Credit Union, and NucorSteel Marion
Co-chairs of the 2017 Celebrate Marion Gala were Hon. Deb Alspach and Dr. Scott Yancey, DVM.