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GREENFIELD — A weekend full of dinner, music, fundraising and laughs are on tap for two of the county’s major civic organizations as they play host to their annual dinners and auctions.

First up on Friday is the Greenfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Award and Fundraising Dinner.

This year’s dinner, tagged “Laugh Out Loud,” begins at 6 p.m. at Adaggio’s Banquet Hall and Conference Center  in Greenfield and will feature dinner by OnSite Caterer of Indianapolis; a live auction with veteran auctioneer Wayne Addison and comedy by Kokomo native Marques Bunn.

By adding a few new wrinkles, chamber officials are aiming for a bit more entertainment this year.

“We’re trying to make the evening very enjoyable and relaxed,” said Andrea Mallory, chamber membership development director.

In addition to auction items such as VIP behind-the-scenes admission to the Indianapolis Zoo, golf packages and a backyard barbeque rig, the dinner will feature new items such as a viral photo booth that allows photographs taken Friday evening to be posted immediately to the world via social media, a wine pull and a “Candy Bar,” where local businesses stock assorted candies in a promotional jar.

Mallory said the candy bar has been a popular addition to the evening’s offerings.

“I have a waiting list,” she said.

The featured entertainer, Bunn, has appeared on the Bob and Tom radio show and Fox TV and is billed as “clean, clever and original.”

He has appeared at clubs, colleges and universities throughout the Midwest.

The chamber hopes to raise $15,000 with Friday’s dinner.

A few advance tickets remain at $65 each. A limited number of tickets will be $80 at the door.

On Saturday, Meals on Wheels of Hancock County will hold its fifth annual Sumptuous Settings. The event will be at Indiana Grand Casino in Shelbyville, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

“We’re putting a little different twist on it this year,” said executive director Kathleen Vahle. “And we’ve been getting a good response.”

Tickets for the evening are $35 and are still available.

Meals on Wheels hopes to raise $10,000 during its fundraiser, which is the organization’s primary revenue generator for the year, Vahle said.

In addition to dinner, the evening will include a silent auction featuring overnight packages at Cambria Suites in Noblesville, Cincinnati Reds baseball tickets and a two-hour kart driving and race experience class at Whiteland Raceway Park.

Fingertrip, a five-piece R&B and pop rock band, will provide the music.

Indiana Grand Casino is located at 4300 N. Michigan Road in Shelbyville.

For more information about the chamber’s annual dinner, call (317) 477-4188. For tickets or more information about Meals on Wheels’ fundraiser, call (317) 477-4345.

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