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Date(s) - September 21, 2023
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Dairy Barn Arts Center


Thank you to everyone who attended, sponsored, and donated to Celebrate Athens Auction & Dinner!

The Athens Area Chamber of Commerce gathered to celebrate all things Athens on Thursday, September 21, at the Dairy Barn Arts Center. In keeping with our “Year of Our Members” theme, the Celebrate Athens Auction & Dinner showcased amazing live and silent auction items donated from over 50 member businesses (see the full list of live auction packages below!). The night also highlighted 5 of our member businesses who served as vendors for the event.

The event kicked off with a cocktail hour, during which time guests bid on silent auction items, got their pictures taken at the A-Roc Entertainment photo booth, and perused the live auction packages. Dinner was provided by Texas Roadhouse and featured delicious steaks and Portobello mushrooms grilled on-site and a baked potato bar. Bakery 323 provided a variety of beautiful cupcakes for dessert. The night ended with a fun and energetic live auction led by auctioneer Mark Hutchinson and emcee Bill L’Heureux of L’Heureux Properties.

This event raised funds to support the Chamber’s mission to strengthen the Athens business community. The Chamber extends its gratitude to everyone who helped make the night such a success, especially the night’s attendees, our Ambassador Team, our sponsors, and our members who donated their time and talents to our auction — together we make a difference!


Celebrate Athens Schedule of Events (subject to change)

4:30pm5:30pm Silent Auction and Cocktail Hour

5:45pm – Dinner Service Begins

6:00pm – Live Auction Begins

Check out some select pics of last year’s celebration:


Thank you to our sponsors!

Invest in the Chamber by becoming an event sponsor, and in return we will recognize your business in our promotional materials.

Sponsorship Levels


Platinum Sponsor – Anthem /SOCA

OUCU Financial Logo

Platinum Sponsor – OUCU Financial










Gold Sponsor – Holzer

Gold Sponsor – QuidelOrtho

Gold Sponsor: Ohio University Innovation Center



Mark Porter AutoGroup

Mark Porter Autogroup







Area 14 Workforce Development Board

Marietta Hospice


Ohio Athletics Football Package

  • Authentic Ohio Football
  • Includes 4 Pre-game Sideline Passes (1 hour before kickoff until game time) and the Chamber President will join the donors on the sideline
  • If claimed by a non-ticket holder, General Admission tickets will be provided for the game
  • Valid for the game vs. Western Michigan on Saturday, Oct. 21 OR vs. Central Michigan on Wednesday, November 15
  • Donated by Ohio Athletics






Bardstown KY Bourbon Getaway ($800 value)

  • $500 gift certificate to Colonel’s Cottages towards a weekend stay
  • “Bottle your Own” experience for 2 at Heaven Hill Distillery
  • Tasting tour at Willett Distillery PLUS $75 Gift Certificate for lunch at the Bar at Willett
  • Donated by Athens Area Chamber Board






Columbus Blue Jackets Game Getaway

  • 4 tickets to a Columbus Blue Jackets Hockey game
  • Overnight accommodations at the Fairfield Inn and Suites in New Albany, Ohio
  • Blue Jackets gear
  • Donated by SJB Companies






Weekend Stay for 4 at the historic Pilcher House ($1,400 value)

  • Stay Friday through Sunday
  • 2 bedrooms, 1,700 sq.ft.
  • Located on East Union St. directly across from the Ohio University College Green
  • Donated by Uptown Realty Group

Read more about the Pilcher House and its accommodations here.





Custom Designed Metal Sign ($1,200 value)

  • Can be used for a business logo, name, or personal gift
  • Work directly with an artist at AC Green Metalworks to design the metal sign, and then have it delivered directly to you* once it has been painted and finished (*will be delivered within the Athens area)
  • Maximum size for the sign is 4′ x 4′
  • Donated by AC Green Metalworks







Kona Ice Truck

  • Perfect for a worker or community appreciation event!
  • 1 hour, up to 40 servings
  • For 2024 season, during office hours Monday through Friday
  • Donated by Kona Ice