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With its colorful Bollywood theme, the 38th annual unCommon Cause attracted more people than last year and raised nearly $60,000 for the Columbus Area Arts Council, according to event organizers.
About 270 people attended the fundraiser at The Commons Saturday night, which topped an estimated 250 people at last year’s steampunk-themed event, said Arthur Smith, marketing director for the council.
“We were pretty much at full capacity,” Smith said concerning Saturday’s attendance.
The theme of the “Sights and Sounds of India” appeared to be well-received by the patrons, many of whom came dressed in colorful Bollywood-style costumes that featured lots of sequins, embroidery and accessories, Smith said.
“The event did what we wanted to do,” Smith said. “Celebrate the arts and have a lot of fun.”
Preliminary figures indicate the live auction brought in $40,650 to support the arts council and its programs, Smith said.
Meanwhile, the total raised during the silent auction, which included online bidding for the second consecutive year, raised an estimated $8,700, Smith said.
A special auction to raise money for a new piece of art work that will be erected near the Visitor’s Center raised $10,750, according to preliminary totals provided by Smith.
Items that were up for bid ranged from date-night packages to unique jewelry and weekend getaways.
Some of the evening’s highlights included an impromptu flash mob that called patrons to a dinner of Indian-inspired dishes created by chef Gethin Thomas, Smith said.
Several patrons had also taken cultural dance lessons prior to the event, which featured the musical group “Living Proof”, and some traditional Indian music, Smith said.
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