The 3rd Annual Elkhart County 4-H Fair Adult Prom Fundraiser was held Saturday, March 19, 2016, at Oakwood Event Center on Lake Wawasee in Syracuse. Following two successful years, this year’s event was the largest to date, as the prom committee hosted 564 guests!
A dinner buffet that featured grilled sirloin and parmesan-encrusted chicken with romesco sauce as entrees was provided by the Oakwood Resort culinary team.
Bryan Blair, general manager of the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds, served as master of ceremonies for the evening. In addition to serving as emcee, Blair welcomed guests and introduced the items offered during the live auction. They included anything from vacation getaways to behind-the-scenes 4-H Fair VIP experiences and autographed collectibles to hand-crafted, heirloom-quality furniture.
The auctioneers and clerks from Phil Hahn and Associates & Auction in Nappanee greatly helped orchestrate the largest single fundraiser to date.
Following the live auction, the 2016 Adult Prom Royalty were crowned by the 2015 King, Michael Christofeno. The 2016 Prom Kings and Queens were selected by a secret panel and were crowned based on who represented “Best Prom Spirit”. The Kings were Eric Erlenwein and Randy Lehman and the Queens were Stephanie Simonowski and Julie Wollschlager. Following the coronation, Gretchen’s Revenge provided entertainment and guests enjoyed dancing the night away.
Final results are still being tabulated, but the preliminary figures show this event was a record breaker, raising more than $100,000 for the nonprofit fair organization. All net proceeds from this event are designated to contribute to the permanent roadway that will link the fairgrounds to C.R. 36, allowing for a much-needed additional entrance and exit point.
Mark your calendars — the committee is already planning for the 4th Annual Elkhart County 4-H Fairboard Adult Prom Fundraiser which will be held Saturday, March 18, 2017, at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds.