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Fayette’s courthouse opening for fundraiser

For the second year, the Fayette County Courthouse will be open to the public to experience decorated courtrooms, refreshments and entertainment with Magic and Mistletoe.

The first Magic and Mistletoe was set up in 2008 and was modeled after Old Fashioned Christmas, which is a significant fundraising event held by Community Action South West.

The event in Fayette County, sponsored by the Fayette County Community Action Agency, begins with having all six courtrooms as well as the lobby in the Fayette County Courthouse decorated for the Christmas season by businesses. Refreshments are provided.

“It’s spectacular to see the courthouse, a place to normally go for government business,” said Teresa Furnier with the FCCAA. “It didn’t look like itself.”

Furnier said the event this year is expected to be bigger and better as organizers have expanded the event to two floors. There will also be horse-drawn carriage rides and a silent auction.

Some of the items for the silent auction include two rounds of golf at Mystic Rock that includes a caddie and cart fees at the Nemacolin Resort & Spa in Farmington, a $250 gift certificate to Touchstone Center for the Crafts in Farmington and a 32-inch HDTV.

Musical entertainment will also be featured, including a performance by opera singer Barbara Pasqua, selections from the Laurel Highlands Madrigal Choir and a DJ playing Christmas music.

Even though this is only the second year of the Magic and Mistletoe event, the event is off to a great start with the fundraising goal of $5,000 already being exceeded through sponsorships — before even selling a ticket.

“There’s a lot of interest,” Furnier said.

Organizers are amazed with the support received from local businesses and the community. Furnier said with the current economic state, the funds generated by the event will help the less fortunate in the community, the housing program, the food bank and other worthy projects.

“The Magic & Mistletoe fundraising event is important to not only FCCAA, but to all of Fayette County,” said Kate Thompson of FCCAA’s planning department, adding that the FCCAA has been committed to serving Fayette County families in need since 1966, especially during the winter months when many families cannot afford to make ends meet. “We established the Magic & Mistletoe fundraising event to help alleviate their need.”

Magic & Mistletoe will take place between 7 and 10 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Fayette County Courthouse, Uniontown.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults and children age 10 and over. Children under age 10 will be admitted free.

Tickets are on sale at the following locations: Giant Eagle, Route 51, Uniontown; Joyce’s Fine Jewelry, 5 E. Main St., Uniontown; Anthony’s Lakeside Party Center, Route 21, McClellandtown; Neubauer’s Flowers Inc., 3-5 S. Gallatin Ave., Uniontown; Pasta Lorenzo, 100 Wayland Smith Drive, Uniontown; Tony’s Corner Deli, 100 Ridgeview Drive, Smithfield; The Prom Shoppe, 41 E. Main St., Uniontown; Sit and Sip Cafe, Main Street, Uniontown; and the Fayette Chamber of Commerce, 65 W. Main St., Uniontown.

Sponsorships and in-kind donations are still being accepted for the event.

Anyone who would like to become a sponsor, volunteer for the event or purchase advance tickets is asked to call Thompson at 724-430-6445 or Furnier at 724-430-6403.


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