Tickets are moving for the Riverside Foundation for Health Care's annual spring ladies' luncheon.
The fundraiser, set for Sunday, May 7 in the Robert Moore School gym, once again is expected to be a sold-out event.
“Usually what I see is they sell a little slow at first and then in the span of a few days, they usually sell out,” Foundation director Samantha Manty told the Times.
“So I am encouraging people that if they would like to get their tickets, to try and get them quickly because it's usually in a blink of an eye [that] they're gone,” she warned.
“Everyone decides to get them at once and 'boom,' we are sold-out—and then we start a waiting list.”
Tickets, which cost $20, are available at McTaggarts and From the Grind Up, or by calling the Foundation at 274-4803.
“We try to make sure that ladies who buy their tickets together, sit together,” noted Manty, adding there is a seating chart.
Reservations for tables of eight are available.
Tying into the Foundation's 20th anniversary (and taking place a week before Mother's Day), this year's luncheon will be a special “Birthday Bash" for all "Mamas.”
Women of all ages are encouraged to attend.
“It really, really is going to be a fun event,” stressed Manty.
"We have so many great activities planned this year that I think 'Mamas' will feel very special.
“All of the ladies in our lives deserve to feel special, and I think celebrating your birthday twice is a pretty good way to feel pretty special,” she added.
The luncheon, which runs from noon-2 p.m., will feature a buffet lunch, dessert, silent auction, draws, prizes, and a special “Birthday Boutique.”
There also will be several other unique ways to support local health care.
“It's going to be full of surprises and I can assure anyone who's looking at maybe attending, and who's on the fence, to come on out because we have so many great things planned this year,” Manty noted.
Any individuals, businesses, or artists interested in donating prizes and auction items also can give Manty a call.
“We would love that," she remarked. ”While obviously they're supporting us for a great cause, it is also a chance for them to display their goods to 200 ladies who are out for a day of fun.
“It's a great target audience.”
All funds raised at the luncheon will go towards a Moleculite—an innovative new technology used to visualize infection-causing bacteria in and around a wound.
“From my understanding, it's something that's really needed in this area particularly,” said Manty.
She explained a fair number of amputations are done here locally, and this machine will help better protect against possible post-amputation infections.
Last year's luncheon raised more than $11,000.
This money already has been used for a new shower chair for the in-patient unit at La Verendrye General Hospital, and also will go towards a new medical-grade recumbent bike for the rehab department.