Templeton Chamber walks through the wardrobe

The Templeton Chamber of Commerce presented a special charity auction night Saturday, Dec. 8 with “‘A Night in Narnia.’

TEMPLETON — The Templeton Chamber of Commerce presented a special charity auction night Saturday, Dec. 8 with “A Night in Narnia,” a decorated Christmas tree auction, with dinner and silent auction lots.

Organizers hope the event will become a legacy signature for the local business community.

Area nonprofit organizations drew attention to their causes through the sales, which included a live auction of Christmas trees decorated by area businesses to benefit, among others, the ECHO Homeless Shelter, Templeton Fire Department, Tolosa Children’s Dental Center, CASA of San Luis Obispo County, the Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation, and the nonprofit restaurant The Fig at Courtney’s House.

Of the 10 auction lots, Courtney’s House got some special attention as the only tree specifically decorated by the beneficiaries with handmade ornaments, and the tree was even moved to the white big top tent with help from the evening’s musical guests, Roxan.

With the event held in a “magically transformed,” dining room tent attached to the BarrelHouse Brewing Company’s Sour Room at 3055 Limestone Way, the Chamber’s incoming president of the board, Donelle DuFault said it was the little touches that gave the evening a special charm.

Sprigs of olive and rosemary joined the smell of cedar in the air as mood lighting spread through the connecting corridor and in the room slowly took over from the sunset outside.

Outgoing board president Courtney Morrow credited the Chamber’s new CEO Jessica Main with the success of the event.

“It’s the capstone event for our year and it’s been a big year. For me the biggest part is in looking back and being so thankful that we found Jessica,” Morrow said. “We kind of threw her to the wolves hiring her on and then asking her to start organizing this right away but she knocked it out of the park.”

While guests in the black-tie affair ate either braised boneless short rib, roasted pork chops, or butternut squash ravioli, awards were presented for: Ambassadors of the Year — Mikayla Rodriguez and Pete Schmidt; Templeton Business Beautification Award — Garcia Wealth Management;  Student Citizen of the Year — Eli Botts (fourth grade); Public Safety Person of the Year — Brian Kirker; Business of the Year — 15 Degrees C Wine Shop and Bar; and Citizen of the Year — Steven Herring.

The incoming Chamber of Commerce officers and board members for 2019 are: Donelle DuFault, president; Courtney Morrow, past president; Sarah Toft, vice president; Greg Modica, treasurer, Hayli Macomber, secretary; with Megan Baltierra, Elizabeth Covert, Dr. Nathan Ecklund, Aimee Edsall, Lauryn Francisco, and Kathy Nutt as directors.

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