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Chamber events move forward

Published 12:49pm Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Dadeville Chamber of Commerce is staying busy in the city. Several projects are ongoing in which the community can stay involved.

“We’re getting ready to close the Fill the Bus promotion,” said Betty Litsey, executive administrator for the Dadeville Area Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber has been working to fill a county school bus, parked at Piggly Wiggly, with school supplies. So far, the chamber has collected binders, crayons, coolers, copy paper and more, as well as $1,490, that it will divide among the elementary, middle and high schools.

“I thought it did really well the first week,” said chamber president Karen White. “It was a first time deal, and I think it’s gone pretty far. It’s gotten a lot of attention.”

Chamber members are still discussing when to close the promotion – possibly at the end of the month.

“We’re going to do one last push,” Litsey said.

White and chamber member Michael Carter are also school board members, and Carter said that gives them a unique ability to see the needs of the school system.

“The community has really done well,” Carter said. “We definitely consider it a success.”

Another upcoming event for Dadeville is the annual open house, scheduled for Nov. 3–4. White said she is hoping for a good turnout.

“Everybody’s just holding back on spending,” White said. “I hope that people will stay local, and if they’re not planning to spend, at least go in and look. At least go window shopping and see what these people have.”

Litsey said several more businesses, including PNC and Aliant banks, have signed up to participate. A total of 11 businesses will offer discounts, door prizes, refreshments or other special promotions during the weekend.

Nov. 30 the chamber and United Way will bring a joint fundraiser to the area: the Black and White Ball, which will be held at the Lake Martin Event Center at the Rodeo Club.

Tickets are available for $50.

The evening will run from 6 p.m. to midnight and will feature a steak dinner, wine tasting, live music by the 2nd Coming band, dancing and a silent auction.

“I’ve gotten a good response of the stores donating an item or a gift basket (for the auction),” said chamber member Nancy Whitfield. “It’s a good cause, and … another fun thing for the community to do, especially during the holidays.”

Donations so far include custom woodcut Christmas stockings, a basket from Lake Martin Flowers and Gifts and a special package from Russell Lands including four rounds of golf at Wind Creek Golf Course, four lunches at Stone Grill and four dinners at SpringHouse Restaurant.

For more information about any of these chamber projects, call 256-825-4019.

Auction donations for the Black and White Ball may also be dropped off at Piggly Wiggly, and questions about the auction may be directed to Whitfield at 256-825-0498 or