The Pacific Area Chamber of Commerce is putting together plans for the second annual Pianos for a Purpose by seeking a partner that will receive half the profits from the fund-raising dinner and entertainment event.
The event will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Pacific Eagles, 707 W. Congress.
The Chamber is currently seeking applications from local organizations offering them the opportunity to receive 50 percent of the evening’s profits.
The program is a continuation of the Fantasy Night dinner drawing project that pumped more than $300,000 into the local community over the nine years it was in operation. The event was designed to raise funds for local civic projects.
The Chamber uses its voice and planning ability to organize a dinner and entertainment evening event that will attract a large audience. After paying the cost of the event, the Chamber splits the profits with the partnering organization.
Past recipients, who each received approximately $6,000 for their specific projects, include the Tri-County Community Senior Center, the Pacific Partnership’s Pacific Station Plaza, the America Legion kitchen, PYA and Meramec Valley School District ball fields, Robertsville Elementary track and the Pacific Kiwanis Club playground project.
“Except for the senior center, most of the projects were completed in the years of the Fantasy Night program,” said Tim Baker, Chamber president, who with his wife Debbie organized Fantasy Night.
“That’s what it was meant to do,” Baker said. “It was intended to help local organizations build something in Pacific. Pianos for a Purpose is just a continuation of that program.”
Recipient of the first Pianos for a Purpose, which was held in 2013, was the Pacific High School Auditorium, which received $4,000 in proceeds toward a new soundboard system.
Any local organization that wants to participate in the 2014 fund-raiser should send an application to the Chamber office by Thursday, Oct. 31.
The Pianos for a Purpose committee will review all applications and choose the recipient.
To participate in the project, an organization must fit certain criteria, including having nonprofit status and a Meramec Valley District based charter and must agree to sell half of the tickets for the event.
If selected to participate, the organization will need to supply two members to attend the planning meetings, which will start in December 2013. The participating organization also is expected to send two members on the day of the event to decorate and work that evening.
The organization chosen will not be eligible for future Pianos for a Purpose proceeds for a minimum of 10 years after their recipient year.
Applications should be returned to the Pacific Area Chamber of Commerce, 333 Chamber Drive.