Riverside dinner nearly sold-out

“Wish upon a star and you might just get one.”
That’s Teresa Hazel’s advice for those who still haven’t got their tickets for the Riverside Foundation for Health Care’s “Come As You Are or Come As A Star” fundraiser gala this Saturday night.
“Essentially, it’s sold out. But still, please call, because you never know—people cancel,” Hazel, who is director of the Foundation, noted yesterday.
She said it’s also possible a corporate sponsor only is expecting six people at its table, which can seat 10, and would be willing to let others fill those empty chairs.
To find out if you can still get a ticket, call Hazel at 274-4803. They cost $50 each (with a $25 tax receipt).
Due to the space needed for the event, only a maximum of 200 people can be accommodated at La Place Rendez-Vous.
Meanwhile, Hazel said the organizational end of the fundraiser is coming along very well, with the Foundation’s special events committee working hard to make it a night to remember.
“It’s really moving along. It’s going to be a great night,” she enthused.
The gala starts at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 and then a party long into the night.
Besides a chance to socialize and enjoy a delicious meal, the evening will feature “Joan Rivers” (Susan Livingston of Winnipeg) on the red carpet, a “Sweet Tooth” bar for desserts, a “Bombshell Bar” for drinks, a penny auction, and a “Wish Upon A Star” pond.
There also will be an “Oscar Mania” contest, where people can pick who they think will win in five different categories during the Academy Awards the following night.
The Foundation will have prizes for whomever gets all of them correct.
Hazel said the committee also has lined up some celebrity entertainment for the evening. And after the dinner and program, there will be a dance featuring tunes by Yowza Music Services.
People are encouraged to dress up as their favourite celebrity or come as they are—you don’t have to be dressed in a gown or tuxedo, Hazel stressed.
The fundraiser also will include live and silent auctions, which will feature numerous items either related to a celebrity—local or otherwise—or, at least, to Hollywood movies.
The items up for grab range from a Linda Lundstrom chinchilla knee-zip La Parka and an autographed jersey by Mike Modano of the Dallas Stars to a jersey signed by Olympic beach volleyball champion John Child and a designer dress by Eryn Reid.
For almost the past two months, the public was encouraged to donate $2 and “Be a Star for Health Care,” getting their name on a star to be eligible to win two tickets to the Foundation’s gala.
The draw was held yesterday, with Mitchell Green being the lucky winner.
Hazel noted about 1,000 stars were sold across the district, raising $2,000 for equipment at all three health care centres.
“We’re very pleased with that. Thanks to everyone who sold them and bought them. You’re all stars in our books,” Hazel remarked.