A gala, auction and business showcase at University of Maine Hutchinson Center will take place Aug. 17 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. to celebrate Waldo County's people's choice winners of the Best of the Best awards.

The gala, auction and business showcase is open to the public.

Auction proceeds benefit the Best of the Best Scholarship for Hutchinson Center students. More than $48,000 has been raised in the past eight years for the scholarship fund through the Best of the Best auction.

The annual contest offers the opportunity for the public to weigh in on their favorite businesses in a variety of categories. Voting was open during the month of July and winners announced this week.

The special insert listing the winners is available in the Aug. 13 edition of The Republican Journal and online at http://waldo.villagesoup.com/eedition/view/10197.

Best of the Best is sponsored by Courier Publications LLC, University of Maine Hutchinson Center and Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce.