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Foundation hoping to ‘reel in’ big bucks


Now in its fifth year, the annual Riverside Foundation for Health Care fundraiser dinner has become a popular event—and organizers are hoping the public comes out for a good cause once again Saturday, March 2.

“The theme this year is ‘Hooked on Health Care,’” said Foundation director Teresa Hazel. “It’s kind of a ‘up the lakes, at the cabin, outdoors’ feel we’re planning for it.”

The fundraiser will be held at La Place Rendez-Vous, with opening remarks at 6 p.m. and then dinner around 7.

“The special events committee usually meets once a month, but I’m sure that now [they’ll] be working hard on this right up to the date,” said Hazel.

“Chair Joan Allison and her committee always put together an evening that’s filled with fun,” she added.

While guests can expect a silent auction and raffles, including the popular Campbell’s Cabins package, Hazel said organizers still are looking for items to put up for bid.

“We’re interested in any fish-themed items, outerwear, crafts,” she noted.

And what would the evening be without some dancing and a few laughs. “We have some fun entertainment lined up, but you’ll have to be there to see it,” Hazel remarked.

Tickets cost $50 per person, with a $25 charitable receipt issued. Corporate sponsor tables also are available.

Last year’s fundraiser at the Red Dog Inn, during which the Foundation announced its “Care Close to Home” campaign had raised $3.8 million, brought in about $17,000.

Money raised goes towards projects such as the hemodialysis unit here as well as renovations at district hospitals.

To reserve tickets or to donate an item to the silent auction, contact Hazel at 274-4803.

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