With the Riverside Foundation for Health Care’s second-annual “Oktoberfest” party now only a week and-a-half away, those wanting to roll out a barrel of Bavarian fun still have a chance to get tickets for the fundraiser.
Foundation director Teresa Hazel said this morning that about half of the tickets have been sold for the party, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Memorial Sports Centre auditorium.
She noted last year’s event was sold out with about 180 people on hand—and wouldn’t be surprised if ticket sales surge between now and next weekend.
“I think people are in the mood to come out and have a good time,” Hazel said.
“It’s not been the best summer, so it’s kind of a nice transition into the fall,” she added.
From the standpoint of the Foundation’s special events committee, Hazel said plans have really come together.
“We’re overwhelmed again by the continued support of people,” she enthused. “People donating prizes, sponsoring tables, buying tickets.
“They continue to support health care and we’re very grateful for that.”
Tickets cost $30 each, which includes dinner featuring an assortment of German and Bavarian cuisine, as well as a German chocolate and dessert bar.
Tickets are available at The 364 Store, Rainycrest, La Verendrye Hospital, Emo Health Centre, and Rainy River Health Centre or by calling 274-4803.
Gold-, silver-, and bronze-sponsored tables also are available for $1,500, $1,000, and $500, respectively.
Sponsors receive reserved tables/seating and festival game packs.
There also will be a silent auction and a “Buckets o’ Baskets” raffle, along with entertainment and plenty of games and prizes, including the return of the stein-holding contest, “Ring Around the Rosé,” a beer cap toss, and poker showdown.
The “Wheel of Food & Fortune” also will be back with delicious items to be won.
Anyone who would like to donate a gift for the “Buckets o’ Baskets” table, a silent auction item, or prizes for the festival games are encouraged to call the Foundation office at 274-4803.
While this is the Foundation’s second “Oktoberfest” party, it’s actually its 12th-annual fundraiser.
Last year’s “Oktoberfest” raised more than $22,000.