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The Suburbanite
  • Carroll County Collage: Oil Barons Ball to help arts funding

  • The Oil Barons Ball will be April 13 at the Atwood Lake Resort for the benefit of Carroll County Arts. It’s anticipated this will be an annual event, said Cyndy Willen, co-chairwoman of the ball and president of the arts group.

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  • You probably won’t see J.R. and Sue Ellen Ewing from “Dallas” or Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor or James Dean from “Giant,“ but you’ll experience a little of the lush lifestyle attributed to them at the “Oil Barons Ball.”
    The extravaganza will be April 13 at the Atwood Lake Resort for the benefit of Carroll County Arts. It’s anticipated this will be an annual event, said Cyndy Willen, co-chairwoman of the ball and president of the arts group.
    “We are very excited about the fantasy evening we’re planning, and we hope it becomes an annual ball,” Willen said.
    It’s off to a good start if the presale of tickets is an indication.
    “We already have more than 100 tickets sold, and we’re going to stop it at 200,” said Shirley Columbo, publicist for the ball. “The lodge says we could seat 250, but we don’t want people to be crowded.”
    The idea was a natural conclusion due to the surge in oil and gas drilling in Carroll County, said Therese Cook, also a co-chairwoman.
    “A lot of us have thought about oil royalty checks, starting or growing a business or just having a little more glitz, glitter and glamour in our lives,” Cook said. “The Oil Barons Ball will allow us to actually experience life as J.R. and Sue Ellen Ewing, at least for this one special night.
    “We think the Oil Barons Ball is the right event for the time. It taps into the excitement and economic growth oil and gas exploration has bought to Carroll County, it allows us to celebrate the reopening of the Atwood Resort and it will help support the Carroll County Arts,” Cook said.
    The event stands on its own as a social event, but it will provide guests with an opportunity to make new business and social contacts as they mingle throughout the night. Guests will be treated to a multicourse dinner with fine wine, a live band and a festive atmosphere. Black-tie attire, cowboy boots and a guy’s best 10-gallon hat could be the outfit-of-the-day, but not a requirement.
    “All that’s required is a ticket and desire to have a lot of fun,” Willen said.
    Tickets are $75 per person, with proceeds going to support local arts projects.
    The event, which starts at 6:30 p.m., includes silent and live auctions, another event a wheeler-dealer such as J.R. would enjoy. But there’s more for those who want to make a greater contribution to the arts. Patron tickets, at $125 per person, include a pre-dinner party at 5:30 p.m.
    Ball Sponsorships range from $500 to $3,000 and all will receive two complimentary tickets for the patron party, dinner and ball. They will be introduced and toasted at the Patron Party and dinner, recognized in the Oil Barons Ball program booklet and featured on the big screen.
    •  $3,000 level: Art for Everyone Sponsor — Your name or company logo will be printed on the patron party cocktail napkins.
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    •  $2,000 level:Children’s Art Program Sponsor — Donation to fund the monthly Kidz Classes and provide supplies and instructors for young artists attending the summer art & music camps. Your name or company logo will be added to the wine bottles for each dinner table.
     
    •  $1,000 level: Chorale Christmas Concert Sponsor — Donation will fund the costs for the 2013 concert. Your name or company logo will be incorporated into the presentation of the Oil Barons dessert.
    n $750 level: Student Art Show Sponsor — Donation will fund the cost of prizes, ribbons, printing, reception and matting for the annual student art show. Your name or company logo will be included as the sponsor of this event in all news releases and materials for the show.
    n $500 level: Provides student scholarships for young artists who don’t have funds to participate in the workshops, camps and events. The scholarships will be awarded in your name.
    n Live auction donor : Donate merchandise, gift cards, professional services, entertainment packages or other items with a value of $1,000 or more and receive two tickets to the dinner and patron party and an income tax donation letter for the amount of the winning bid for your donated item. The donation and company logo will appear on the big screen prior to and during bidding for the item. You also will be listed in the program booklet.
    n Silent auction donor: Donate merchandise, gift card, professional services, theme basket or other items with a market value of $50 or more and you can place a digital photo frame near your donation to promote your business or showcase your donation. Silent auction donors also will be listed in the program booklet and you will receive an income tax donation letter for the amount of the winning bid on item you provide.
     Tickets and a participation form for sponsorships are available by calling the Carroll County Arts Center, 330-627-3739.
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    The runner-up was Mehgan Harsh, a sixth-grader and daughter of Brad and Emily Harsh.
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