The Muskingum County Community Foundation held its annual 26th Anniversary Groundhog Day Celebration.
The money raised from the celebration funds the foundation’s spring grant competition, where nonprofit and charity organizations can apply for money to support their programs. There was a variety of food, artwork and multiple auctions at the event.
"Probably one of our largest years ever. We are pushing 400 people so we are really excited; I guess some people are looking for something to do on a cold January evening," said Vice Chair of Foundation Council Brenton Baker.
Chairman of the Foundation Council Dan Vincent says this event has a huge impact on the community.
"I have seen how much the community foundation has done for our area, as far as enhancing the quality of life in our area, I am very proud to be a part of that, and to be able to help give back to our community to help raise money for nonprofit organizations; to be able to do things they wouldn’t be able to do without this funding," said Vincent.
The event is always held around Groundhog’s Day for a special reason.
"Cause nobody else was doing it. It was a holiday left available and it was a perfect opportunity for us to jump in and make it our own," said Baker.
During the event, The Brian Wagner Award was presented to local Jody Spencer and the Dick Johnson Civic Leadership Award presented to Randy Coconis.