Monday, November 19th, 2018

Arts Council announces “Fashions for the Arts”

Posted: Thursday, October 18, 2018

The LaFontaine Arts Council’s fall fundraiser, “Fashions for the Arts,” will be held on Saturday, November 3 at the Drummond’s Motorama City. A social hour will begin at 11 am. The event also features a luncheon, silent auction and a fashion show with local models wearing clothes from The North End Boutique in Roanoke.

Local business owner Dan Drummond will be the arts advocate at this year’s Fashions for the Arts, a fundraiser sponsored by the LaFontaine Arts Council.

Drummond was born and raised in Huntington. He and his wife Barbara, a LaFontaine Arts Council member, have been married for 39 years and are the proud parents of four sons, Adam, Aaron, Andrew and Austin and nine grandchildren.

In 1995, the Drummonds purchased Huntington Sheet Metal. By 1998, they had built a new facility at the Riverfork Industrial Park. Under their stewardship, the business has enjoyed growth and expansion, earning the recognition of the Huntington County Economic Development office multiple times. Huntington Sheet Metal was also named Huntington County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month in August 2016. From the time they purchased Huntington Sheet Metal, the Drummonds have added to the workforce in Huntington County by increasing their business from 10 to 100 employees.

Both Drummonds have served on several local boards. Dan served on the board at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum.

Anyone who has driven by Rotary Centennial Park in downtown Huntington at Christmastime or attended a baseball game at Forest Glen Park in the spring has seen firsthand the result of the Drummonds’ generosity. Through their contributions, a Christmas tree annually graces the fountain downtown and decorations adorn the light posts. The Drummonds have also been longtime contributors to Huntington University through the baseball team. Their support has made projects such as the renovation of Forest Glen Park in 2015 possible.

In addition to providing vital support for community beautification, Dan has volunteered and worked to benefit the youth of Huntington County. They were inaugural donors for the Huntington County Community Learning Center and the Parkview Boys and Girls Club of Huntington County, as well as giving toward the Parkview Huntington YMCA and the United Way of Huntington County. Dan also served fifteen-years as a coach for Huntington County baseball and PAL baseball.

Drummond is not an artist in the conventional sense. He does not draw or paint or sculpt. He does not compose music or play an instrument. He does not put pen to paper and write poetry or novels. Drummond, does however, have a love of living in Huntington and remembering what is was like to grow up in a town with a toy store, a movie theater, a soda shop and a full-service gas station. He will talk about the significance of passing these memories on to his children and grandchildren and all young people as he speaks about the importance of the arts in the lives of students.

Tickets for “Fashions for the Arts” are available from any LAC board member or can be reserved by calling LAC executive director Debbie Dyer at either (260) 358-0055 or (260) 356-8874.

All proceeds from this event go toward the LaFontaine Arts Council’s “Arts in Education” programming, which brings quality arts-related experiences to all students in Huntington County. More information about the LAC can be found at www.lafontaineartscouncil.org or on the LAC Facebook page.

Shown in the photo are Barb and Dan Drummond, owners, Huntington Sheet Metal.