Annual Groundhog Celebration is Underway

by Courtney Wheaton on January 9, 2014 at 11:39 am

For the 29th year, the Muskingum County Community Foundation is getting ready for its version of Groundhog Day.

the foundation will hold its annual Groundhog Day Celebration later this month. The fundraiser aims to raise money for grants and community projects while celebrating the accomplishments of local leaders in our area. Every year more than 200 items are sold in both a silent and live auction. This year organizers say the items up for grabs are spectacular and includes work from many local artists.

"That was made by Chuck Borsari, a stained glass artist and all of those are lenses from eye glasses which make me think that an optometrist or a optician might be there that evening to bid , " said MCCF Executive Director, David Mitzel.

Along with bidding guests can enjoy catered food items while watching two community leaders receive awards for their contributions locally . The Brian T. Wagner Community Leadership Award is still open for nominations until the Janaury 15th. The Richard Johnson Civic Leadership Award has already been selected for this year.

" That award this year is being awarded to Clay Graham, Clay really wanted not to have this as something celebrating his civic leadership but to inspire others to do it that’s the only way he agreed to be honored, " said Mitzel.

If you would like to attend the event it will take place Friday, January 31st at the Zane State – OUZ Campus Center. Last year MCCF raised more than for$40,000. For ticket prices, or more information you can call the foundation at 740-453-5192.