CCAC Holiday Inn Fundraiser a Success

Thursday, December 18, 2014
The Clay County Arts Council fundraiser at the Inn at Piggott drew a large crowd, and proved to be a successful event for the organization.(photo courtesy Frank Staples Photography)

The Clay County Arts Council, Inc. celebrated the holidays with stunning decorations and tasty treats during the organization's Holiday Inn event held Dec. 6 in Piggott. Joe and Tracy Cole of Piggott opened their home for the event, transforming the popular Inn in Piggott into a holiday haven, featuring beautiful decorations and a festive atmosphere.

The event included a wide selection of delicious and beautiful foods in the lovely dining room provided by area vendors including Three Little Pigs, The Traveling Whisk, Madpies, P & B Cakes and More, Subway, Country Mart, Donna's Country Kitchen and Wal-Mart of Kennett. The vendors presented a scrumptious sampling of cakes, pies, cupcakes, candies, jelled desserts, shrimp, cheese balls, specialty crackers and spreads, all to the delight of the more than 100 attendees. The guests enjoyed the opportunity to taste and see the fabulous array of what could be purchased or catered by the talented local vendors.

In addition, guests had the opportunity to select beautiful Christopher Radko ornaments and specialty Christmas baskets provided by the Council as a fundraiser toward the scholarship fund. These scholarships are provided by the Council to students who wish to pursue the arts.

There were more than 20 items featured in a silent auction fundraiser, including offerings Once Upon A Farm, another new business in Clay County. The raffle items available included an American design guitar given by Jeff Parks, owner of Fresh Tech, now located in Kennett. The guitar was won by Regina Crittenden of Piggott, who has plans to learn to play.

Guests were able to take in the beautiful surroundings throughout the Inn, visiting the apartment, Inn bed and breakfast areas and the site's movie room, where the classic film "Holiday Inn" was playing. Among the guests visiting the Inn were author John T. Wynn and Representative Joe Jett. Jerry Chilcutt entertained groups of visitors with his mastery of the keys on the site's Baby Grand Piano. Council members Jane Gatewood, Cassie Knight, Lindsey Bell and John James were also present throughout the event, lending their support to the memorable occasion.

The event generated funding to provide three additional scholarships to be presented this spring to Clay County students. Students raduating in the spring of 2015 are encouraged to check with their school guidance counselor or with the Clay County Arts Council to obtain an application.

Organizers note the Holiday Inn event was a wonderful success, as it helped spotlight area businesses, created additional scholarships for local students and provided a fun, festive event for all involved. The CCAC wishes to thank everyone who took part in the event.

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