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Proceeds help the organization further the development of culture in the community

The Chehalem Cultural Center (CCC) will host its annual "Night of the Moon" fundraiser in September. The Roaring '20s-themed gala will look different than usual, but the show will go on.COURTESY PHOTO: CHEHALEM CULTURAL CENTER - The Chehalem Cultural Center will host its annual Night of the Moon fundraiser in September with a Roaring '20s theme.

The auction is held every summer and provides the cultural center with essential funds that support the organization's mission to "inspire and enrich lives by connecting community and cultures," said Sean Andries, CCC executive director and event organizer.

A different culture is celebrated each year — paying homage to the art, history and heritage of whatever place is chosen — Greece, France and Argentina have been featured in the past. Event organizers wanted to bring the focus closer to home this year and make the experience uniquely American.

"With 2020 being our 10th anniversary, we thought it would be fun to jump in the time machine and travel back to one of America's most exciting times — the roaring '20s," Andries said.

The CCC ballroom will be decked out in Jazz Age decor, and guests are encouraged to dress up in their best 1920s themed outfits. The in-person auction begins at 7 p.m. Sept. 26, and will feature performances and entertainment, but only limited seating is available.

There will be a livestream of the event available to those who cannot attend in-person. People watching online can still bid for local wines, art, travel packages and more — physical attendance is not required to make a purchase.

In addition to the Night of the Moon gala, event organizers will host an open-air Art Market from 3 to 7 p.m. Sept. 12. Art, jewelry and sculptures by artisans and creators from around Yamhill County will be available for purchase and early bidding.

Both events support local artists and further the development of creativity in the community, something Andries and his peers are unabatingly passionate about.

"The (CCC) is the largest arts services provider in Yamhill County and is a gateway to accessible arts and culture programming for thousands. In 2019 alone, more than 80,000 guests walked through our doors," he said. "Many programs are offered free of cost, and financial assistance is available for everything we do. The CCC turns no one away for lack of funds. This event makes it possible to maintain that commitment and keep arts and culture programming easily accessible to everyone throughout our region."

Tickets and bidding information are available online at https://bit.ly/31eMP4Z.


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