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Proceeds to Benefit Knox County Family & Children’s Resource Center

WOOSTER & MOUNT VERNON, Ohio – The Village Network is happy to announce that their 75th Anniversary Sweet Jubilation Celebration, a black-tie optional dinner, dance, and auction event, will be held this Saturday, October 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the Greystone Event Center in Wooster.

Now in its 20th year, this year’s Sweet Jubilation Celebration will be a hybrid event. After last year’s all-online fundraiser, The Village Network is offering two ways for community members to help them celebrate 75 years and make a difference in the lives of the youth and families they serve:

  1. Purchase event tickets and join them on Saturday for the dinner, dance and live auction at the Greystone Event Center 50 Riffel Road, Wooster, Ohio; or
  2. Peruse the silent auction items and place your online bids from Friday, Oct.8 at 8 a.m. until it closes on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m.

For the in-person event, P.J. Ziegler, Sports Anchor/Reporter at FOX 8 News in Cleveland, will be the Master of Ceremonies. Attendees will also be treated to special celebratory activities for The Village Network’s 75th Anniversary, a sneak peek of the Knox County Family & Children’s Resource Center, and an update on the Zach Souers Giving Hope Fund.

While anyone can join in the online fun of the silent auction, the live auction is reserved just for attendees at the Greystone Event Center and will include a variety of unique items, including a guitar autographed by the legendary country band Rascal Flatts; the Ultimate Browns Fan package, including the opportunity to have lunch with Brown’s legends Felix Wright, Reggie Langhorne, and Kevin Mack; a custom-made suit by Tom James Company; a Greenbriar Resort package, and more.

Silent auction items include a Geneva on the Lake Wine Tour, Oglebay Golf Package, two opportunities for Professionally-Installed Mulch, tickets to an Ohio State University football game, Polar Express Adventure, and much more.

The annual Sweet Jubilation Celebration will support the youth and families served throughout the state, and the brand-new facility in Knox County, The Knox County Family & Children’s Resource Center, located at 17606 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio.

Those interested in purchasing tickets to the annual event can do so at, where they can also peruse the silent auction items, register, make a donation, and bid. Or individuals may also text diamond2021 to 76278 to participate in the silent auction. Those who do so will receive a link to view the silent auction items and bid directly from their smart phones.

The therapeutic activities and equipment supported by the Sweet Jubilation Celebration will especially support the Mt. Vernon campus and are critical, according to Dave Paxton, Chief Clinical Officer. “This building is going to occupy our foster care offices, out-patient offices, as well as two classrooms and a very large all-purpose room, which will allow not only for us to provide trainings for our staff but also specialty interventions that align with our clinical work.”

Similarly, The Village Network is grateful to its sponsors, which include the Fraternal Order of Eagles Wooster Aerie #811, Farmers National Bank, Don & Nadine Foster, Weaver Commercial Contractor, Wooster Color Point, Western Reserve Group, Gallagher Benefits, the Vaidya Family and Wooster Color Point.

The Village Network is a non-profit organization with a mission to work in cooperation with adolescents and their families to assist them reach better futures. “At The Village Network, we’re excited to be celebrating our 75th anniversary,” stated President and CEO, Richard Graziano. “I think we have some of the best clinicians and workers in the field, second to none. We are dedicated to building brighter futures for our families and our kids, and that’s what we’re all about.”

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