The Downtown Maryville Improvement Organization hosted its fourth annual Glitz and Glam ladies only fundraising event to fund the Pocket Park.
The Pocket Park is a project Downtown Maryville Improvement Organization is working on with the Maryville Public Arts Committee.
Women from the community dressed in cheetah print clothing as they attended the “walk on the wild side” themed event at Mozingo Lake Conference Center Sept. 27. The annual fundraising event raises money for a different project each year. This year the event raised over $20,000.
Men from the community served as waiters throughout the night. Some also participated in the theme by wearing different animal prints.
The cost was $75 per person or $800 for a table of eight women. Both options included the all-in auction paddle, which allowed women to have access to all the items that were auctioned off.
Upon their arrival, Maryville Mayor Rachael Martin gave them an auction paddle with the corresponding number, which Martin said she anticipates the Glitz and Glam fundraiser doing every year.
“This is one of my very favorite events that Maryville has every year, and it’s because everyone just comes out and has a great time and all of our businesses show up for the cause,” Martin said. “For Downtown Organization, this is their biggest fundraiser of the year, so this is critical to their ongoing success and specifically to the plans for the Pocket Park.”
Senior Graphic Designer Ashlee Hendrix helps plan the event every year and said this year there was a slight change.
“In the years past, you would pay for your ticket and you could buy the all-in auction paddle,” Hendrix said. “We wanted to have everybody participate in the auction.”
Hendrix said last year, tickets were $50 and the auction paddle was an additional $50.
The auction items were donated by sponsors. Bank Midwest, Nodaway Valley Bank, Brown Shoe and other companies in Maryville helped sponsor the event.
Bank Midwest Assistant Banking Manager Suzanne Vonbehren said Bank Midwest was pleased to be one of the sponsors for this event.
“We’ve sponsored it for several years in different capacities,” Vonbehren said. “We are very community-minded and really believe in the community and giving back. We look for lots of different ways to do that, this is one way.”
President of Downtown Improvement Organization and Owner of Blue Willow Boutique Stephanie Campbell said since the event reaches capacity every year, the organization may expand its seating.
“It grows every year; we have a cap on it, and it sells out consistently every year, and it keeps growing, so we’re pretty pleased with that,” Campbell said. “We had 160 avaliable this year, and we were there. Next year, we’ll probably grow it a little bit more, maybe closer to 200.”
The Pocket Park will be located at Third and Main Street on the north side of Blue Willow Boutique. Campbell said the Pocket Park is expected to be finished sometime in spring 2020.