Chambers Bonanza offers chance at $25,000

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The atmosphere of a 1940s-style canteen and the chance to win $25,000 await attendees of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Bonanza, set for Nov. 2 at Choctaw Lake Lodge in London.

“We’ve added a few new events to this year’s Bonanza and reduced ticket prices to enable more business owners to attend,” said Chamber Executive Director Sean Hughes.

Ticket prices for this year’s event are $75 per person.

“This will enable two people to attend for the same price that one could attend in the past,” Hughes explained.

One of the big attractions at this year’s Bonanza is a prize drawing with a potential $25,000 payout.  

“We will be selling chances to be chosen to draw a lucky envelope with $25,000 out of 100 envelopes. Each chance to be that person will only cost $5,” Hughes said. “If that person chooses, he or she can decline to pick an envelope and walk away with a guaranteed $1,000 cash prize.”

If the first person drawn accepts the $1,000 cash prize, a second name will be pulled from the $5 chance drawing. That person will have the choice to draw for the $25,000 or take an LCD TV worth $1,000.

If the second person takes the TV instead of an envelope, a third name will be drawn and that person can either draw for the $25,000 or accept a $500 cash prize. If the $500 is taken, a fourth name will be pulled; that person must draw an envelope for a chance to win the $25,000. If the envelope does not contain the top cash prize, that person will walk away with $75.

Another new Bonanza event is a live auction of services to be performed by Chamber members. Among the services up for bid are preparation and service of a dinner for a small group, a car wash and wax, babysitting, helicopter rides, fresh floral bouquets, and the baking of an Ohio State University tailgate cake.

As for musical entertainment at Bonanza, the Columbus State Brass Band and a Sweet Adelines quartet will perform a tribute to the 1940s. In keeping with the theme, the event will honor Madison County’s veterans with a display of military personnel names and war memorabilia.

The evening also will include a silent auction and announcement of the 2007 Chamber Bell Ringer Award winner.

Hughes said tickets for the gala have been selling quickly, and he hopes to see a sell-out crowd.

“The Bonanza is an important event for the entire county community, as it enables the Chamber to continue to work on economic development within the county, fund chamber operations and help build our small business community,’’ he said.

The percentage of small businesses in Madison County far exceeds the national average, he added.

“Nationally, small businesses normally make up about 65 percent of an area’s business community. In Madison County, that percentage is about 80 percent. Our Chamber is committed to aiding our small businesses through partnering with business consultants and planners while we continue to work hand in hand with the larger businesses and industries in our area.”

Bonanza is a major fundraiser for the Chamber. The proceeds represent 10 percent of the organization’s funding each year.

For Bonanza tickets, call the Chamber of Commerce at 740-852-2250.

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