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Emmanuel benefit is Friday

About four years ago, a family member of an Emmanuel Nursing Home resident purchased him a larger, more comfortable and versatile bed.

"When he laid in this bed for the first time, he looked at his wife and said 'this is heaven,'" Sandy Lia said.

Now the Emmanuel Foundation would like to make it possible for more residents to feel at home and just as comfortable.

Lia, organizer of an annual charity benefit to be held Friday, Jan. 28, said this year's big fundraiser has a goal of raising $45,000 to help Emmanuel purchase more of those beds.

The benefit will offer a full schedule of activities, cash prizes, a several course meal, live band and a silent auction, all starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Speak Easy Restaurant.

Every year, the Emmanuel Foundation gets about 300 people involved in their largest fundraiser. The tradition includes a game of heads and tails that gives away cash prizes.

Several businesses have already donated numerous items, which range in value and go up to $900, for the silent auction.

Those attending can bid on things ranging from a lodging opportunity for six at the River Bend Lodge, pearl earrings from Price's Jewelry, golfing at the Wildflower and a year's worth of Papa Murphy's pizza.

"We're having a humongous, probably a $300 value, rocking horse," Lia said, referring to another auction item.

A granite rock will also be up for grabs as well as pottery and a gift basket.

One lucky winner will get a chance to win 46 bottles of wine in the wall of wine raffle that will be held during the benefit.

"There will be three prizes but the largest is 46 bottles of wine," Lia said.

The seven-piece band "Sapphire" of Perham will entertain guests throughout the evening.

Tickets are $50 each or $450 for a table of eight, but different sponsorship levels are also available.

The Diamond level is a $5,000 donation that comes with eight reserved seats and complimentary beverages. The Platinum level costs $2,500 and includes six tickets, the Gold sponsorship is $1,000 with four tickets, the Silver level is $500 for two tickets and the Bronze level is $300 for one.

"It's such a good event, it's so much fun and we have people of all ages there too," Lia said.

This year the Emmanuel Foundation set a specific area where donations will go, while in the past, the money would go to the mission fund to enhance overall services.

"Most of us like to know where our money is going, so this year we decided to give them something concrete," Lia said.

Between 15 and 20 of the more advanced, safer beds will be purchased using the money raised on Friday, she added.

Separate donations will also be accepted in addition to the sponsorships, tickets and the silent auction.