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Charlottesville Celebrates 250th Birthday at Grand Gala

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Sunday night, Charlottesville neighbors celebrated the city's 250th birthday at a Grand 250 Gala at the John Paul Jones Arena.

A crowd of 1,900 party people came together to celebrate good times with disco superstars Kool and the Gang for Charlottesville's biggest birthday bash.

Gala organizer George Benford said, "This is just a great day because it means so much to our history."

The city of Charlottesville was chartered 250 years ago this weekend, and Sunday night people partied like it was 1762 at the John Paul Jones Arena for the Celebrate!250 gala.

"The 250th year of Charlottesville is such a great thing, and I'm so happy to be a part of it," said Joanna Kice, a gala attendee.  "My dad who has long passed would've just loved this.  We're three generations, his family in Charlottesville, Wahoowa, the whole experience.  We're just a Charlottesville family."

The gala kicked off with a VIP reception.

57th Delegate David Toscano (D) said, "As a former mayor of the city of Charlottesville and someone who represents both the county and the city, it's great to see so many folks from both jurisdictions come here tonight to celebrate 250."

Then everyone headed to the arena floor to dance the night away with local band 180 and the show's disco-era headliners Kool and the Gang.

"Well you know it's Kool and the Gang and time to celebrate, and it's great to be here," Toscano said.

"I'm excited to be here to see Kool and the Gang," said Teresa Burton, a gala attendee.  "I'm extremely happy to celebrating the 250th anniversary with the city of Charlottesville."

Benford said, "Their hit song of course was ‘Celebration', so you know what better hit to end the evening with than that."

While the Grand 250 Gala is Charlottesville's biggest birthday bash, the city will continue celebrating 250 with events throughout the year.

Organizers geared the Grand 250 Gala toward a local crowd, with Charlottesville High School and University of Virginia performers roaming the halls while guests checked out exhibits about the city's history.

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