Metropolis' Rebuilding Together held its 24th annual fundraising banquet on Nov. 23 with a meal provided by members of the Metropolis Elks Lodge 1428.

During the evening a silent auction with a variety of items was available to the highest bidders.

As the meal began, celebrity waiters and waitresses helped serve their tables. Among this year's waiters and waitresses were: Shain Lloyd and staff of Banterra Bank; Jennifer Larrison of Big John Metropolis; Peggy Holder and Monica Thompson of City National Bank; Karla Ogle of Creations the Florist; Amanda Douglas and Chelsi Diles, two friends; Leanna Hopkins of Hopkins Construction; Kelly Lunsford of Kelly's Mane Image; Campbell Neely, Miss Metropolis 2020; Yolina Lindquist, Miss Metropolis Outstanding Teen 2020; Kaitlyn Williams, Miss Shawnee Sweetheart Outstanding Teen 2020; April Reed of Reed Electric Heating and Air; and Tonya Davis, of 30 Works.

Following the meal Sandy Dailey, Rebuilding Together president and board member, said this year Rebuilding Together was able to help provide funding for three wheelchair ramps. Two of those were constructed by Harrah's Metropolis Casino employees during the time the casino was closed due to flooding. The other wheelchair ramp was for a veteran, and Dailey said he was so excited to be getting a ramp.

According to Dailey, the organization was also able to make several repairs to a home for the Department of Children and Family Services. The situation called for the work to be done in a short period of time and was a "dire emergency," said Dailey.

She also said Rebuilding Together had applied for a grant from Lowe's, and some of the grant money has helped to fund projects this year. The organization also purchased gift cards, which will be able to be used at next year's workday. The total receipts from this year's dinner were $8559, with the income derived from ticket sales, tips and a silent auction.

All silent auction items were donated by local businesses, and the proceeds from the auction and dinner are used to buy material to make repairs on homes.

Those receiving awards were:

• City National Bank: The table with the largest amount of tips -- $2483.

• City National Bank: Best Traditional Table Decoration.

• Karla Ogle of Creations the Florist: Best Contemporary Table Decoration.

• Amanda Douglas and Chelsi Diles -- two friends: Most Whimsical Decoration.

• Leanna Hopkins of Hopkins Construction: Best Olde Tyme Christmas Decoration.

• April Reed of Reed Electric Heating and Air : Most Magical Decoration.

This year's table decorating winners not only got bragging rights, but an entire gingerbread village to put together and decorate.

Rebuilding Together Metropolis is a not-for-profit organization that rehabilitates the houses of elderly, disabled and low-income homeowners. To date, over 176 homes in Massac County have been rehabilitated thanks to the community's generosity.

Dailey reminded attendees the applications for the 2020 Rebuilding Together event, set for the last Saturday in April may be picked up at the mayor's office at Metropolis City Hall.

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