The Lincoln County Rotary is celebrating two decades of auction success with a 1940s-themed gala event at the Lincolnton Plaza on Apr. 13.
The “black tie optional” event will feature music from The Fantastic Shakers, who will be throwing some big band tunes into their typical beach music set, and local DJ Johnny B. Charlotte’s Best Impressions Catering is handling the gala’s formal plated dinner with an extensive menu including entrees like filet mignon rubbed with kosher salt, cracked pepper and crushed garlic and served with a burgundy wine sauce and broiled salmon remoulade.
A $100 ticket to the event enters attendees into a drawing for a $14,000 time share, a grand cash prize of $5,000 and a slew of other prizes. The Rotary is also hosting live and silent auctions during the gala.
Volunteers with the Rotary have been busy preparing the space at 1585 N. Aspen St. in Lincolnton with drapery and lighting in an effort to create an “Old Hollywood” feel, according to 20th Anniversary Gala Chair Hailey Smith. She said the sizeable space next to Aaron’s, which is already lined with floor-to-ceiling black and white drapes, will be accented in gold and silver with soft lighting and will have room for a dance floor, cash bar, a bandstand and a projector screen showing 1940s-era films.
“We’ve been working very hard on it for three months,” Smith said. “It’s an event that needs 6-8 months so what we’ve done in three months is phenomenal. It’s amazing how it’s come together so quickly and so well. It’s something fresh and new and exciting. From the gala to the auction, we can meet every piece of the spectrum of the community.”
The gala precedes the 20th Annual Auction by less than a week. Auction Chair Martin Eaddy said any of the items not auctioned off at the gala will go into the auction which begins on Apr. 18.
“We think this (gala) will be one of the finest events to happen in Lincoln County in a long time,” he said. “The events are separate, but entwined. One is a celebration of the auction and the auction comes immediately thereafter. We have different groups working on the two events.”
Gala Committee member Gaye Howard said she sees the gala as celebrating not only the Rotary’s work of providing student loans to residents of Lincoln County, but of the community support that has made those student loans possible.
“The rotary couldn’t have done it without the community — without their donations, their cash contributions, without their attendance at the auction,” she said. “We’re trying to do something to celebrate a community that provides something to its students that very few counties in North Carolina or across the United States do.
“Part of our theme for the gala is ‘The Greatest Generation.’ We feel like we’ve been creating the next great generation with these loans.”
More information can be found at www.rotarylinc.org. Tickets can be purchased on the website or by calling (704) 732-0867.