Short North Gala

Sunday, April 28, 2019
Hilton Columbus Downtown, George Bellows Ballroom

Celebrate and support the artistry, diversity, community, and spirit of the Short North Arts District in one deliciously unforgettable evening.

Join the Short North community at the Hilton Columbus Downtown for the 13th Annual Short North Gala, presented by Borror.

Help us celebrate with one-of-a-kind cocktails, savory and sweet bites by various Short North Arts District chefs and confectioners, and an inspired three-course served meal prepared by chef Bill Glover with Gallerie Bar & Bistro at the the Hilton Columbus Downtown. The night will be rounded out with a silent auction, photo booth, surprise performances, and our annual ceremony honoring neighborhood partners that is anything but traditional.


Gala-goers can make the most of the evening by attending the exclusive Private Reception from 5:30-6:30pm located in the Gallerie Bar & Bistro. Guests will get to enjoy a sneak taste of Cameron Mitchell’s brand-new Short North restaurant, Del Mar, drinks and tastings from Middle West Spirits, art from Short North galleries, the chance to meet and greet Short North gallery owners, and the sounds of DJ Arlette from Swank at Two Truths.

Private Reception tickets can be purchased individually or as a table of 10 through the High Street Table Sponsorship. Private Reception tickets are limited, and are reserved on a first come, first served basis.

Tickets to the Short North Gala are ON SALE NOW. PRE-SALE PRICING ENDS APRIL 12.


Click the image below to get a sneak peek at the 13th Annual Gala Menu.


The Short North Alliance is pleased to honor various individuals and groups at the 13th Annual Short North Gala, presented by Borror. Honorees in all categories are nominated by the community. Honoree categories include:

UNSUNG HERO: Recognizes individuals who enrich the Quality of Life in the Short North and Columbus through their volunteer efforts and contributions behind the scenes to advance Art, Community, Diversity and the Short North Spirit.

Cleve Ricksecker, Unsung Hero
Before Cleve was Mr. Downtown, he was Father Short North. As the first full-time director of the Former Short North Business Association, Cleve was instrumental in creating some of the most lasting and impactful events and improvements in the District’s history. From Holiday Hop to the Short North Cap, along with countless others, the Short North Arts District would not be all that it is today without Cleve’s leading touch. Beyond his professional service to the District, Cleve has been a lifelong champion of the Short North and its neighborhoods, a devoted promoter of public and active transportation, and an enthusiastic patron of the District.

Katie Beaumont, Unsung Hero
Having lived in the Short North for 12 years, Katie is a familiar face who has made deep connections across the Short North community. In 2017, Katie turned those connections into impact by founding At Home By High. Inspired by the national village movement that aims to help seniors age in place, At Home By High is both a service-based nonprofit and a social network, helping seniors stay connected to the Short North Community as they age. Be it organizing neighbors to shovel sidewalks, finding transportation solutions for medical appointments, serving as friendly companions, or even finding housing for those in need – Katie has created an army of compassion for elder persons in our community.

Rick Harrison, Unsung Hero
Rick is part of a group of individuals known as “super volunteers.” Having lived in the Short North for more than 15 years, few can recall a time when Rick wasn’t volunteering to help support this community by giving his time to serve on boards and organize the time of others. He has served on the board and/or volunteered for Friends of Goodale Park, Short North Civic Association, Stonewall Columbus, Equitas Health, and too many fundraising events and community events to count. Rick is always willing to help and does so without seeking or expecting any recognition. He is valued member of the community and a role model to many.

BUSINESS BEACON: Recognizes those who have served as catalysts to bring a broad range of visitors to the District and have inspired others to invest in and nurture the Short North Arts District.

Cameron Mitchell and Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, Business Beacon
In 2018, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants celebrated 25 years of restaurant excellence — 25 years that have brought the company to now operating 33 restaurants under 15 different concepts, including five highly successful restaurants in the Short North Arts District — The Guild House, The Pearl, Marcella’s, Martini, and Harvey & Ed’s — with two more on the way in 2019 — Del Mar/Lincoln Social in the Short North Arts District and Budd Dairy Food Hall in nearby Italian Village. Mitchell is widely known for his commitment to the central Ohio community and is dedicated to seeing the Short North Arts District thrive as a destination of choice for visitors and residents alike. On top of their guiding principles of putting associates first, and always answering guest questions with a “yes,” as well as their exemplary industry leadership and inspiration, CMR has contributed millions of dollars as committed partners to the local communities they serve.

Elizabeth Townes Bella and Phia Salon, Business Beacon
When Elizabeth Bella opened Phia Salon in the Short North Arts District 15 years ago in a small storefront with just a few chairs, many knew she had big plans. In addition to promoting wellness, sustainability, and quality service, the dedicated team at Phia are committed to being educators and artists. From training up-and-coming stylists to serving as the creative force behind the hair and makeup that dazzle at HighBall Halloween, Phia is a special part of the business community in the Short North Arts District.

Melaine Mahaffey and Mary Catherine’s Antiques, Business Beacon
In 1979, Eva Ricci Mahaffey and her daughter Melaine opened Mary Catherine’s Antiques in the Near North Side of Columbus, which was not so affectionately referred to as the Short North by Columbus Police who made frequent trips to the area just “short” of the northern boundary of the downtown police precinct. Fast-forward 40 years, and Mary Catherine’s Antiques still carries on Eva’s legacy as the oldest continuously operating retailer in the Short North Arts District. Charming treasures along with their stories line the rooms of Mary Catherine’s, serving as both a bonanza of discovery and a living landmark in our community.

ARCHITECTURAL STAR: Recognizes those who have contributed substantially to the architectural quality, preservation, or design of the Short North Arts District.

Short North Church under the leadership of Amy Aspey, Architectural Star
On November 11, 2018, Short North Church launched after 1.5 years of dreaming and transformational architectural renovations to support the vision of being an “urban community for all people.”  With their commitment to diversity, inclusion and historic preservation, the Short North Church has not only left the community with a gem of a building, but enhanced their ability to be a multi-purpose, inclusive space in the neighborhood. Short North Church works with partners such as: 4-H, AA, NA, New Life Community Outreach and the Short North Stage, and are always looking for ways to love their neighbors.

COMMUNITY PARTNER: Recognizes those who have deep collaborations with the Short North Arts District resulting in significant advancement of the District success in commerce and quality of life.

Organizers of Harlem 100 Mural Series & Gallery Hop Experience, Community Partner
The creative business community in the Short North Arts District united for a groundbreaking collaboration to kick off the city-wide celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance. Creative agency Warhol & WALL ST., along with Brandt-Roberts Galleries, Hammond Harkins Galleries, Lindsay Gallery, Marcia Evans Gallery, Pizzuti Collection, Sean Christopher Gallery Ohio, Sharon Weiss Gallery, Sherrie Gallerie, and Studios on High, coordinated a stunning series of exhibitions, murals, and performances featuring local black artists in conjunction with the August 2018 Gallery Hop. The impact of this monumental artistic collaboration has been staggering and inspired many.


Interested in sponsoring the 2019 Short North Gala? Click here to learn about sponsorship opportunities. Email with questions or for more details.