A beachin' good time: Ecumen Charity Benefit set for this Thursday at Long Bridge
Dancing to the music of the Front Fenders, dining from a tasty, beach-themed menu, and browsing through a variety of silent auction packages... it's all part of the fun planned for the Ecumen Charity Benefit at Long Bridge Bar, Grill & Marina in Detroit Lakes.
Set to take place this Thursday, Sept. 13 from 5 to 10 p.m., the event is a fundraiser for Ecumen Detroit Lakes. Ecumen's staff, residents and volunteers are asking area residents to step up and "Be the One" to make a difference and help make life a little better for Ecumen's memory care residents.
"We are raising money to help make some enhancements to our memory care unit," says Katie Lundmark, executive director of Ecumen Detroit Lakes.
Lundmark said that the memory care unit was originally built in the 1970s, and expanded in the late 1970s, but while the floors, furniture and walls have been redone periodically, it's been a while since the facility itself has been updated.
Plans for updating the memory care unit include reconfiguring the dining room area to include construction of an enclosed kitchenette and "opening up space" for more flexible seating.
"We are always researching and looking at different designs, to see what works best for our memory care residents' needs... colors, lighting, types of chairs and so forth," Lundmark added. "It's really important for us to have nice spaces for our residents, throughout all of our campus."
Tickets for the benefit are $40 each, and can be purchased in person at Ecumen Detroit Lakes, located at 1415 Madison Ave., or by contacting Sandy Lia at 218-844-09433 or email@example.com.
Local businesses and organizations are also welcome to purchase a sponsorship, Lundmark added. A platinum sponsorship of $5,000 includes six benefit tickets, plus two bottles of wine; a gold sponsorship of $2,500 includes four tickets plus one bottle of wine; a silver sponsorship of $1,000 comes with two benefit tickets; and there are also bronze level sponsorships available for $500.
Silent auction items will include: A horse-drawn wagon ride to view the local fall colors; a winter sleigh ride; an overnight getaway at the Lodge on the Lake in Detroit Lakes; a hand-carved diamond willow cane; a 30-minute massage and more, all donated by area businesses, organizations and individuals.
"We're also going to raffle off a Tommy Bahama cooler, filled with a variety of items donated by our employees, residents and their families, volunteers and local businesses," said Lundmark. "Tickets for the raffle are $10 apiece."
The Front Fenders will be the featured entertainment.
"We had them play at our charity event for several years, and decided to bring them back this year," Lundmark said. "People love to dance to their music, and we're excited to have them play... they bring a really upbeat energy to their performances.
"It's going to be a great evening," she added.