Riverside dinner looking to be another sell-out

The Riverside Foundation for Health Care’s fifth-annual fundraiser dinner is shaping up to be another sold-out affair, with organizers expecting more than 200 people this Saturday night at La Place Rendez-Vous.
“If anyone wants a ticket, call as soon as possible—it’s going to be fun, fun, fun,” said Foundation director Teresa Hazel. “We’re looking at having a full house.”
Tickets cost $50 each (which includes a $25 charitable receipt) and are available by calling Hazel at 274-4803.
The evening, which gets underway 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 reel up a line with a mystery prize on the end.
Hazel expects the dinner will top last year’s fundraising total of $17,000.
“We changed the cost of the dinner tickets to $50 per person, which is what they were the year before last,” she noted. “Last year, we brought down the cost because it was more of a celebratory banquet with the success of the ‘Care Close to Home’ campaign.
“I’d expect we’ll raise at least $20,000.”
Once again, the community has been generous in donating prizes to the silent auction and fishin’ pond game, many of which will have an outdoors theme in line with the fundraiser’s motto—“Hooked on Health Care.”
“I just picked up a life jacket and two beautiful painted mailboxes today,” said Hazel.
Other items up for grabs include a pair of ice-fishing chairs, a hand-crafted wooden lawn chair, a day of trout fishing on Lake Nipigon aboard the Donna Dee charter boat, and a fishing trip for two with two local outdoorsmen, which includes a day out on Rainy Lake and wraps up with dinner at their cabin.
The winning ticket for the Campbell’s Cabin fly-in fishing trip also will be drawn Saturday night. 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 remain on sale for $5 each at various locations around town.
Additional prizes on the raffle 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.