People danced the night away as The Fountainaires, a popular Bellefontaine band, brought down the house at the 22nd annual Saint Mary of the Woods Valentine Dinner Dance and Raffle.
This is truly one of the area’s premiere galas. All profits benefit the Saint Vincent de Paul Society of Russells Point. It is a “gala” in every sense of the word; and attracts many socialites and philanthropic folks from our greater community, said David Goff, who with wife Kelly is co-chairing the dance committee for this year’s charity gala. “Attendees hail from as much as an hour away in every direction, as many of them have a secondary lake property in the Indian Lake community,” adds Goff.
The shindig was catered by Heflin Catering of Plain City, which is owned by a secondary Indian lake property owner. “Each year we have a coffee and donut sendoff, donuts provided at discount rates by the Indian Lake Donut Shop,” said Goff. “Many area businesses either purchase dinner/raffle tickets, or support the charity through the donation of a raffle item…we have four main gift raffles, aside from our main dinner ticket raffle, and the second chance raffle,” added Goff.
The event has been co-chaired for the last 21 years by the husband and wife team of John and Joan Hinterschied. The Hinterschieds have been aided and blessed to have a very excellent and longtime committee group that assisted them with the raffles, and setup, decorations, and such. However, the Hinterschieds were by all means the backbone of the event organizing, promotion, and Master of Ceremonies.
Other longtime Dance Committee members are decorators Ruthanna Tynan, Kathy Robinson and raffle organizers Dan and Judy Niese.
This event is a community-wide social affair. “This year we had two of the board members of the Saint Vincent de Paul Springfield Regions District Council, attend the event with their spouses, and the Executive Director and President gave a statistical summary of the positive impacts that our local (Russells Point) Saint Vincent de Paul Society has had on the greater community,” said Goff.
The Saint Mary of the Woods Valentine Dinner Dance and Raffle has been putting on a fantastic community event for the last 22 years, providing a good time for many and many good deeds for the community through Russells Point Saint Vincent de Paul Society charitable efforts.
Ron Brohm is a regular contributor to this newspaper.