Three local organizations announced Thursday, Jan. 6, that they are postponing their large-scale fundraising events in January and early February because of the current COVID-19 conditions.

A press release said that in consideration of the health and safety of the community and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Indiana University East, Richmond Art Museum (RAM) and the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce mutually determined the best course of action is to postpone their respective upcoming public events, Palate to Palette and the Chamber annual dinner, until a later time.

IU East, RAM and the Chamber considered the size of the events, with regular attendance of hundreds of guests, and that the events are held in indoor venues.

Additionally, Wayne County is experiencing a rise in coronavirus cases, putting a strain on the health care system. With these considerations in mind, the boards and university determined the best course of action was to postpone the events.

Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner and awards, “Wayneopoly,”  was originally scheduled for Jan. 21. The dinner recognizes businesses, organizations and individuals for their work and accomplishments.

Palate to Palette is a collaborative fundraiser to benefit RAM programming and the IU East Department of Fine Arts. This year’s event, “Under the Boardwalk,” was scheduled for Feb. 5. Individuals who have purchased tickets and sponsors with tickets for the event will be contacted soon.

Updates for both events will be shared at a later time.

For more information about Chamber events, visit or 765-962-1511.For information on Palate to Palette, contact 765-973-8514 or

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