Staff Reports

The red carpet was rolled out Saturday at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center as Lake Oconee Living magazine celebrated its fifth-annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

More than 300 guests from throughout the Lake Oconee area came out to honor the winners of 35 various categories during the Red Carpet Awards Gala.

They arrived on the red carpet in style, via limo provided by A Classic Limousine of Madison. In keeping with the art theme of the magazine’s current issue, the Cultural Center’s Hall was transformed into a temporary gallery, thanks to the help of local artists.

Nominees in the Arts & Culture categories were invited to display their work during the event along with other featured artists in the magazine. Art covered the walls to create a gallery-style backdrop for the evening’s presentation of awards.

“We enjoyed holding the event in Madison this year and hope to bring the red carpet to more venues throughout the area in the future,” said Andrea Gable editor of Lake Oconee Living.

“The event has become such a fun way for our communities to come together and celebrate and support one another in good faith. As always, I am amazed at how many people join together with our magazine to take part in this event and make it such a success. It truly is a community event.”

Special thanks goes to Hallie Jane’s Catering, The Caboose in Madison, Bone Island Grillhouse, Bulldog Supper Club, Georgia Butts, and That Pizza Place for providing food for the event. It was displayed on handmade, iron “floating buffets” created by Chuck Mize, a welder and artist from Watkinsville.

Other businesses and organizations that were nominated donated more than 30 items to be included in a silent auction.

Along with an exciting live auction during the presentation of awards, the proceeds from both auctions benefitted the winners of the “Best Non-Profit Organization” category – the Oconee Regional Humane Society, Boys & Girls Club of Madison, and the Morgan County Humane Society.

For a complete list of winners, pick up the latest issue of Lake Oconee Living magazine, on stands now.

To view more pictures from the event, like Lake Oconee Living’s page on Facebook.