Ghent Your Game On: Ohef Sholom Temple’s fun raising event

by | Apr 22, 2016 | What’s Happening

Saturday, April 30, 11 pm
O’Connor Brewing Co., 211 West 24th Street, Norfolk

Ohef Sholom Temple’s (OST) fundraising event, Ghent Your Game On (GYGO), is “our attempt to meet our community where they are,” says Karen Fine, committee chair. “We wanted,” she says, “to engage our Temple community with our Ghent community on a deeper, more cooperative level.” And, to have fun.

The O’Connor Brewing Company, located in the “industrial section” of Norfolk’s Ghent is the perfect place to “meet our neighbors where they hang out,” says Fine.

The evening promises plenty of time for socializing with new and old friends over an assortment of locally brewed craft beers, while dancing, eating and playing a wide-variety of games for fun and for prizes.

Eclectic culinary tapas will be offered from local food trucks such as Bros Fish Tacos, Mac & Whoopee, Bodacious Pizza, and Glazed donuts and gelato. Live music will be by local favorite, Cheap Thrills. Get your “Game On” playing games such as Super Smash Bros, corn hole, Jumbo Jenga, foosball, Heads or Tails.

GYGO will also feature a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are available now and at the event; the winner takes home a cash prize. Professional auctioneer, Gail Wolpin, will lead a live auction with unique experiential packages including a “Summer Supper for 12” catered by James Beard Nominee Chef Sydney Meers of Stove the Restaurant at Okay Spark Gallery, and a “Fun & Learning on the River,” a catered lunch or brunch package for 20 guests aboard the Elizabeth River Project’s Flagship Dominion Virginia Power Learning Barge.

The money raised will go to OST programs that indirectly impact the greater community. “We do a tremendous amount of community outreach through our Temple programs,” says Fine. As examples, she mentions Ohef Sholom’s monthly Soup Kitchen, its annual hosting of Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team (NEST), which provides a place to stay for the homeless, Casseroles ForKids, and Chesterfield Academy Backpacks.

OST “connected” this year with both the Ghent Business Association and Hampton Roads Business OutReach by becoming members. “We want our neighbors and community partners to see that we are not simply here for our temple community and members, but also for our greater community,” says Fine.

For tickets and other information, call 757-625-4295 or go to and clink on GAME ON Quicklink.