Glitz, Glamour, And Gatsby Gala To Be Held Saturday

ORANGE COUNTY – The community is rallying behind a group bringing the roaring 1920’s to you in the form of a fundraiser.

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The Friends of the Seymour Center and the Orange County RSVP 55 plus Volunteer Advisory Council are bringing the 1920s back to life by hosting the Glitz and Glamour Gatsby Gala.

Co-Chairs Angie Learner and Mary Joe Stone hope all local sheiks and dolls will attend the fundraising event.

“This is of the Gatsby era in the 20s,” Learner says, “It was a very romantic era. People were very into costumes and dancing.”

If you live in Orange County, Stone says you’ve probably seen the Friends of the Seymour Center or the Advisory Council doing something good for your community.

“Since 2012 through ’13 we had 468 RSVP volunteers that served about 45,000 hours across 62 local non-profit agencies and programs,” Stone says.

The list of programs includes Chapel Hill-Carrboro City schools, Meals on Wheels, the Public Library, the Orange County Literacy Council, and the list goes on.

If that doesn’t convince you join in the fun, Stone thinks a few 1920s throwbacks will do the trick.

“We’re going to have one room which will be a speakeasy, which will be where we have our silent auction items,” Stone says, “And we will be running a silent DVD in there.”

And Learner says you should prepare yourself for a feast. She says 19 restaurants and food providers in the community are donating food for guests to munch on.

But most importantly, Learner says you’ll leave full of satisfaction from helping a good cause.

“A Feeling of the Bees Knees,” Learner says, “Guests will leave knowing that they’ve attended and helped sponsor something that is needed and a definite service to our adults in Orange County.”

The Glitz Glamour Gatsby Gala will be held at the Robert and Pearl Seymour Center from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. Saturday November 16.

Click here for more information about the event.

Chamber Unveils Chapel Hill-Carrboro Business Hall of Fame

CHAPEL HILL – Your Chapel Hill-Carrboro community is what it is because of the people who have made an impact, and the Chamber of Commerce is recognizing 12 individuals who have shaped the local business world.

“We wanted an organization, not only did they run a good business, but that it was impactful, that it shaped our community, that it was entrepreneurial, that they re-invested in our community,” Chamber President Aaron Nelson said. “And we looked at 40 or 50 candidates and we settled on these 12 for the inaugural class, and they are our community icons.”

When determining which business should be considered for the Hall of Fame, the Chamber needed to develop criteria for eligibility.  Peter Tompkins said that there were a couple factors they thought were important.

“A couple of things just to be eligible in the first place was that they need to either be retired from what they’re doing or of a certain age, and of course their impact on the community,” Tompkins said.

In the future, Tompkins says many more businesses will be reviewed to join these great businesses in the Hall of Fame.

The inaugural class of the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Business Hall of Fame includes:

Stein, Bill, and Jesse Basnight Sr. of S.h. Basnight & Sons, INC.

Michael Barefoot of Southern Season

Mildred Council of Mama Dip’s

Orville Camplbell of The Chapel Hill News

Ted and Edward Danziger of Restraunteurs

Mickey Ewell of Chapel Hill Restaurant Group

R.B. and Jenny Fitch of Fitch Creations

Mac Fitch of Fitch Lumber and Hardware

WCHL’s own Jim Heavner

George Wattes Hill, Sr. of Central Carolina Bank

Frank Kenan of Kenan Oil and Kenan Transport


Mel Rashkis of Mel Rashkis & Associates

To honor the inaugural class of the Business Hall of Fame, the Chamber will host a black tie event that includes a cocktail hour, live music, and a three course meal.

The induction will be on November 13, and tickets are available online by clicking here.