Great food, great fun, great networking and great prizes await those who attend the annual Madison County Chamber of Commerce’s “Bonanza” fundraising event Thursday, Oct. 26.

Held at the Choctaw Lake Lodge, 2875 Oneida Drive, the Chamber’s “Bonanza” event will feature a prime rib dinner, cocktails, a silent auction, and a chance to win $3,000 in the reverse lottery game.

“Last year, we had about 180 people,” said Chamber Director of Marketing Brynne Adkins. “We are really hoping to break that 200 mark this year.”

The “Bonanza” event accounts for more than 10 percent of the Chamber’s annual budget, she said. “Funds from this event will allow the Chamber to enhance economic growth and better serve our members and community residents.”

Tickets for the evening are on sale through this Friday. A $100 ticket includes entry into the reverse lottery, dinner, and the open bar. In addition to the $100 ticket guests may purchase one $50 ticket that will only include dinner and the open bar, it will not include entry into the reverse lottery. The $50 tickets are only available for purchase in addition to the $100 ticket.

“This will be the fourth year holding it after it took a break for a few years,” she said.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for cocktail hour to 7 p.m., then there will be a welcome and dinner served at 7:15 p.m. The Red Brick Tavern caters a prime rib dinner “and that’s always very good,” she said.

Once everyone is seated for dinner, she said they will then begin the “infamous reverse lottery game. When everyone purchases their tickets they are given a number between 1 and 300 and we draw (with a machine) ping pong balls with the numbers, and we have an MC call off the numbers one at a time. We have giant boards covering the entire stage with all the numbers. As your number is called they are marked off. You don’t want to hear your number called.”

She said that when you get down to the final three numbers, those people come to the stage, then they draw the third place prize, which is $200. “And then the last two standing we give them the opportunity if they want to switch numbers or allow them to split the prize. First place is $3,000 and second is $300. They also can just take their chances and go with the number they have. Last year someone went home with $3,000. That was exciting,” Adkins said.

”We also have an extensive Silent Auction during the evening. There will be Blue Jackets tickets, Bengals tickets, a family Zoo pass, family COSI pass, Nutcracker tickets, Trans-Siberian Orchestra tickets, and a number of items from local businesses. There are lots of great things for families,” Adkins added.

She said that last year the Chamber grossed more than $30,000 and they are hoping to raise even more this year. “We like to think of Chamber membership and contributions to these fundraisers as an investment in your community. Because that is what we are doing at the Chamber.”

She said the funds go to programming, community improvement, events such as the Lunch and Learn Series once a month. “Those programs are a benefit to members and they are free, and we couldn’t do that without those fundraisers.”

Contact Adkins for more information or to purchase tickets at or by phone at 740-852-2250.

By Gary Brock

Reach General Manager/Editor Gary Brock at 937-556-5759.