Forty Years of unCommon Tradition
The year was 1976 and a new tradition débuted in Columbus; a tradition that has continued for forty years. This year’s unCommon Cause – Fabulous at Forty – commemorates forty years of celebrating the arts in Columbus. This translates into 40 years of unCommonly fabulous parties, attended by unCommonly fabulous patrons, raising funds for unCommonly fabulous programs for Columbus residents. All of this has meant fabulously unCommon success for the arts.
This year’s event is planned for October 16 at The Commons and will be comprised of an exceptional catered dinner, silent and live auctions and the opportunity to dance to the music of Zanna-Doo. The Arts Council is pleased to be working with one of the original chairpersons of that first event – DeDe Abts. She and her late husband Hank shared the responsibilities with the late Bob and Barbara Stewart. Being prominent residents in the community, both couples were anxious to help with the new venture. DeDe remembers, “I thought it would be fun to work with Bob and Barbara. So, we chose The Yankee Peddler as a theme and began planning. As I remember, it was a great success.”
Executive Director Karen Shrode said, “The event has changed tremendously over the years and guests will have the opportunity to see memorabilia from previous galas. Many individuals have attended the event for several years and I think they will have fun remembering.”
Over the years, thousands of volunteers, myriad sponsors and untold guests have ensured the success of unCommon Cause and contributed to the funds raised at the event. The Arts Council is hopeful the event will see many more years of success. The funds raised at this annual gala allow the Columbus Area Arts Council to enhance the quality of life in our community—stimulating community interest in art, fostering creativity throughout Columbus, and leading a vibrant arts environment tied to our unique history.