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Tickets moving well for Riverside dinner

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Those who can’t wait to revisit the ’50s and the spirit of rock ’n roll at the sixth-annual Riverside Foundation for Health Care dinner coming up Feb. 22 had better make reservations fast as tickets sales are brisk.

“We’re halfway there,” Foundation director Teresa Hazel said yesterday, referring to the fact about half of the 200 seats have been accounted for so far.

“It’s shaping up,” she noted. “We’re getting positive feedback. And we have some really neat items that have been donated that go with our theme.”

Joan Allison, chair of the Foundation’s special events committee, noted such items include photos of celebrities like Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe.

Allison added organizers have been working hard to make sure decorations really reflect the theme, “Rock Around the Clock,” and the nostalgia of the ’50s.

“Last year, we had a goldfish pond, where you could fish for prizes. This year, we’ll have a ‘kissing pond.’ We’re leaving that up to interpretation,” she chuckled.

Also in the spirit of sock hops and poodle skirts, the dinner will feature a soda shop and rockin’ tunes courtesy of Happy Chappy’s Swingin’ Sounds.

The Foundation also is selling raffle tickets featuring three prizes that will be drawn during the dinner, including a fly-in fishing trip for two to Campbell’s Cabins for three days and four nights.

Also up for grabs is a $200 gift certificate from Canada Safeway and a “pamper yourself” package that includes a manicure, pedicure, and dinner for two donated by Jayne’s TLC and Kettle’s Restaurant.

Raffle tickets cost $5 each, and are available at various locations around the district. The winners will be drawn at the dinner.

Tickets for the fundraiser, which takes place Feb. 22 at the Red Dog Inn, cost $50 each, with a $25 charitable receipt issued for each individual ticket.

Gold, Silver and Bronze corporate-sponsored tables also are available for $1,500, $1,000, and $500, respectively.

Anyone interested in purchasing tickets or donating to the silent auction can call Hazel (274-4803) or Allison (274-9484).

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