Martinsville, Ind. – The annual Martinsville State of the City event, hosted by the Martinsville Rotary Club and the Greater Martinsville Chamber of Commerce, was slated to take place in mid-March this year, but like so many other local events, was postponed due to the ongoing pandemic. In this everchanging COVID-19 climate, the planning committee, led by Karen Dransfield, decided that there was not a clear path to holding an in-person event yet this year. However, Rotary members and the Chamber board of directors felt that it was important to preserve the major aspects of the occasion that brings business and community leaders together to celebrate all things Martinsville.

While the delicious dinner prepared by Lisa James, Heavenly Helpings Baked Goods and Catering will have to wait until the 2021 event, the committee chose to create three separate virtual events – the silent auction, the awards presentation, and the State of the City speech by Mayor Kenny Costin.  All three episodes will be featured on the Chamber’s Facebook page facebook.com/MartinsvilleChamber.IN/ and at MartinsvilleChamber.com .

The silent auction will feature such items as a framed, signed Victor Oladipo jersey, donated by KeyBank; a beautiful necklace and earrings set designed and donated by Pam Hurst Designs; a desk chair, courtesy of Keller Office Supply & Printing; and two high-end bourbon baskets donated by Duke Energy, just to name a few. The auction will be conducted as a Martinsville Chamber Facebook event with bidding beginning on Friday, June 19th and ending on Monday, June 29th. Sneak previews of select items will be posted on the Facebook page prior to the start of the auction.

To retain the surprise element of the awards presentation, the Chamber’s Outstanding Business Professional, Outstanding Business, and Ruth Rusie Spirit of Service Awards will be presented to this year’s recipients at their businesses and recorded for posting on social media and websites. Jamin Baxter, Inside Morgan County and Luke Helmer, Home Bank have graciously agreed to assist us with these presentations.

Mayor Kenny Costin’s State of the City speech is also scheduled to be recorded, along with remarks by Rotary president Steve Sonnega and Martinsville Chamber board chair Darcy Quakenbush, and will be highlighted on the Chamber website, and the Chamber and Rotary Facebook pages.

“The State of the City Dinner is always a popular celebration and we hated having to postpone it, but it was the right thing to do. It has been fun coming up with different ways to honor the spirit of our annual gathering without doing it in person,” said Karen Dransfield, chair of the joint Rotary and Chamber planning team. She went on to say how much the committee appreciated the patience and understanding of the many generous sponsors who had committed to support this year’s event.

The Martinsville Chamber and Rotary Club expressed their appreciation for the sponsors who have been so patient and flexible during this unprecedented time. Platinum sponsors include Barnes & Thornburg, Boren, Oliver & Coffey, LLP, FBF Originals, Franciscan Health, Home Bank, HWC Engineering, IU Health Morgan, Ivy Tech Community College – Bloomington, KeyBank, Kimley-Horn, Reporter-Times, and WCBK 102.3 FM Mid-American Radio. Those sponsoring at the Gold level are Citizens Bank, Collier for Commissioner, Edward Jones – Martinsville, Foley, Peden & Wisco, Meadow Lakes, Morgan Insurance Group, SCI REMC, and The Waters of Martinsville. The planning committee looks forward to working with event partners Heavenly Helpings Baked Goods and Catering, Flowers By Dewey, Jacksonjunk.com, MWP Images, Inside Morgan County, and Shields Designs in 2021 and is grateful for their understanding and support when the postponement decision was made.

Traditionally, the net proceeds of the State of the City event benefit Rotary Club and Chamber community projects, with a portion also being donated to a charity of the mayor’s choosing. Mayor Costin has chosen to donate his portion to the Haven Youth Center, now in its 22nd year of providing a safe place for middle school youth to hang out with friends, study, learn new skills, and to have an opportunity for service to the community. Thanks to the support of our sponsors, Mayor Costin, along with representatives from the Martinsville Chamber and Rotary Club, will present a check for $1500 to the Haven Youth Center.

Keep up to date with all the latest details of the 2020 State of the City event on Facebook and at MartinsvilleChamber.com.

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