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Chamber prepares for annual gala in Dawson

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By Nancy Henry
Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

The Greater Connellsville Chamber of Commerce is presenting a night of celebration at The Great Gatsby Gala on Oct. 5.

It is being held at Linden Hall Mansion in Dawson.

The event will honor New Haven Hose Company.

An hors d'ourve and cocktail reception begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by a sit-down dinner at 7:30 p.m. Selections include prime rib au jus or fillet of salmon with dill hollandaise.

A highlight of the evening is The Sammy Brooks Band featuring Connellsville's Mr. Trombone, Harold Betters providing entertainment for those who want to dance and those who simply want to sit and enjoy the music. .

“Linden Hall Mansion, home of Sarah B. Cochran, will be resplendent, aglow with candlelight and visually stunning floral arrangements designed by Tony Grasso. Gala attendees are encouraged to don Gatsby era dress to enjoy an evening of great food, music, dancing, convivial conversation and general merriment. In other words, this is going to be one great party,” said Gretchen Mundorff, gala chairwoman.

Gala committee members are Dennis Martin, Leah Bierer, Robin Bubarth, Tony Grasso, Brian Kisiel, Mary Jane Winterhalter and Eugene Lint. A chinese auction has been organized.

This fundraiser will benefit restoration of downtown Christmas lights.

Major sponsors of The Great Gatsby Gala are Shallenberger Construction Company (Tuffy Shallenberger), Connellsville Walmart, Fiesta Insurance Agency, Jackson Hewitt and Kisiel & Associates.

Reservations are being taken now and can be made by calling the chamber office at 724-628-5500 and speaking with chamber office Manager Shirley Rosenberger. The cost is $80 per person.

Nancy Henry is a contributing writer.

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