The Riverside Foundation for Health Care’s Special Events committee can’t wait to transport you back to the 1920s—when mobsters ruled the streets and (thanks to Prohibition) speakeasies were the “bee’s knees.”
Tickets just have gone on sale for its annual fall gala, this year entitled “Mobsters and Dames,” which will take place Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Fort Frances Curling Club.
“Our gala is one of the biggest in the community, and continues to sell out quickly year after year,” noted Foundation director Samantha Manty.
As such, those wanting to attend the fundraiser are urged to contact Manty at 274-4803, or any of the committee members, as soon as possible.
Tickets cost $55 each, which are available individually or in tables of eight or 10.
Individuals and businesses can support the event in even more ways.
“The Foundation is so appreciative of all the community does for us,” said Manty.
“And if people are passionate about the cause and want to help out, there’s many ways they can help.”
For instance, volunteers are needed for the evening of the gala and to help with take-down the next morning.
As well, anyone wanting to donate live and silent auction items or prizes for the various games is urged to give Manty a call (donors will be recognized).
Business and organizations that want to promote themselves, while giving back to a good cause, also may want to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, noted Manty.
Manty said the Special Events committee is raring to go with the “Mobsters and Dames” theme.
“We’ve got such a creative committee, and the way that we did it this year is everybody came up with a list of great ideas and we put them up on a board and voted,” she explained.
“They had two choices on the ones that they liked, and ‘Mobsters and Dames’ outshone the rest.
“Everybody was really, really excited about this theme,” Manty added. “I think it’s one that is a lot of fun—there’s so much that we’re able to do with it.
“There’s a lot of opportunity to do some unique fundraisers, and unique decor and menu, and everything else,” she reasoned.
Manty said the gala will feature “a meal fit for a mobster” prepared by local chef Todd Moxham, a “sweets bar,” cocktails, music by Party Rock DJ Services, live and silent auctions, and many fun games and other unique ways to donate to district health care.
She hinted the grand prize draw this year wont’ be a trip but instead have “speakeasy” theme.
Committee members also will be dressing the part, and are hoping event-goers will get into the spirit of the “Roaring ’20s” along with them.
“It’s an interesting theme to dress up for,” enthused Manty. “It will be really fun to see a lot of ‘flappers’ out there, and guys in pinstripe suits and hats, and all of that stuff.
“We’re going to have a really cool photo booth this year, so we’re hoping people will dress the part so they can bring themselves back right to the 1920s and the Prohibition scene,” she added.
The curling club is a new venue for the Foundation, and will provide plenty of room to stage the event and allow more people to attend.
“We really love going to different venues—every place in Fort Frances has been really great about hosting us and we’ve really enjoyed it,” noted Manty.
“We’re really excited about the curling club this year because it gives us the opportunity to expand the gala a bit,” she added.
“We’re not as worried about space and numbers.
“We have the space for upwards of 300 people in there, so we’re able to have more of the community out and, hopefully, more businesses,” she reasoned.
“It’s great to have the space to do a little bit more this year.”
Manty said all proceeds from this year’s gala will support a complete “refresh” to Rainycrest Long-Term Care Home’s Special Care Unit (SCU).
The goal is to give SCU residents a “homier” place to live.
The project is expected to cost just over $30,000.
“While complete plans are still underway, we know that the courtyard will be spruced up with landscaping while also addressing safety concerns,” Manty noted.
“A new coat of paint, along with wall hangings, murals, and pictures, will be specially selected and purchased.
“Comfortable chairs and couches will be brought in to meet infection control standards, and the nooks at the unit will be refreshed to provide quiet areas suitable for small games or reflection,” Manty added.
“And that is only the beginning,” she enthused.