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Foundation dinner hoping to net big bucks


Getting “Hooked on Health Care” is the theme of the fifth-annual Riverside Foundation for Health Care fundraiser dinner—and organizers are ready to reel in people for a good cause March 2.

“It’s always a great time,” Foundation director Teresa Hazel enthused.

“The special events committee are the real ‘funraisers’ for the Foundation, and they also raise plenty of funds for health care in the Rainy River District,” she added.

Last year’s dinner raised about $17,000.

The evening, to be held at La Place Rendez-Vous beginning with cocktails at 6 p.m., will include a dinner, dance, silent auction, the ever-popular martini bar, a penny table, and something different this year—a “fishin’ pond for prizes,” where players can pull up a line with a mystery prize on the end.

“We try to focus on fun,” said Joan Allison, chair of the special events committee. “This year’s fishing theme has really got the ideas flowing and the evening is sure to be a ‘whale’ of a time.”

Once again, the community has been generous in donating prizes to the silent auction and fishin’ pond game. “We have items coming in every day,” said Hazel.

“We have an original ice-fishing chair, a hand-crafted wooden lawn chair, and a day of trout fishing on Nipigon Lake on the Donna Dee charter boat,” noted Allison.

“Oh, and we can’t forget the fishing trip for two with two local outdoorsmen, which includes a day of fishing on Rainy Lake and wraps up with dinner at their cabin,” she added.

The winning ticket for the Campbell’s Cabin fly-in fishing trip also will be drawn that evening. The three-day, four-night all-inclusive getaway is valued at more than $2,000, and has been donated by Jay and Cheryl Handberg of Campbell’s Cabins for the past five years.

Raffle tickets are on sale now for $5 each at various locations around town.

Additional prizes on the ticket include a travel voucher for Northwest Airlines, valued at $300 (U.S.) donated by the Kempf family, and a “Pamper Yourself” package, valued at $110, donated by Kettle’s Restaurant and Jayne’s TLC.

Tickets are still available for the dinner at a cost of $50 each (which includes a $25 charitable receipt). “Gold, Silver, and Bronze corporate-sponsored tables also are available for $1,500, $1,000, and $500, respectively.

Call Hazel at 274-4803 to get your tickets now.

You also can contact Hazel if you’d like to donate an item for the silent auction or fishin’ pond, buy a raffle ticket, or to obtain more information.

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