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A silent auction has traditionally been part of the Fire & Ice event, set for Oct. 13 this year. Submitted Photo

Fire & Ice fundraiser is Saturday

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It's heating up at The Fireside next weekend, as the sixth annual Fire and Ice fundraiser gets underway.

The St. Mary's event is held every year with the intent to raise money for health-related causes in the area. Last year, they raised roughly $23,000 for lifelines, which help keep seniors in their homes and independent longer.

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This year, it's to complete the funding for the new chemotherapy department.

"It relocated to the upstairs of the clinic, and it allows us to double the size of the rooms," said Event Coordinator Monique Anderson. "So, now we can treat six people at one time."

Anderson says, previously, cancer patients would have to start their chemotherapy treatments in Fargo first, then finish them up in Detroit Lakes. Now, it's all here.

"And that's so nice because the last thing those patients want to have to do is travel an hour away when they're already feeling terrible," said Anderson.

Fire and Ice kicks off at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct.. 13, and although the fundraiser has proven successful before, Anderson calls this year "the best yet."

"Well, we have so many awesome donations from local businesses to put on our silent auction and raffles," said Anderson, talking excitedly about a garden art sculpture, outdoor furniture and a number of getaways, including one on the North Shore, one in Alexandria and one in Grand Marais.

Also up for grabs are Minnesota Vikings tickets, wine, a mosaic glass party, a Lebanese barbecue dinner for four, WE Fest V.I.P. tickets, a perennial garden, a fishing trip, jewelry, skid steer work and much more.

Anderson says she's certain The Fireside will provide great, culinary adventures for those in attendance. There will be a grill station with grilled beef and pineapple kabobs, hors d'oeuvres such as mini fried walleye sliders and a pasta station.

But one would be remiss if they didn't mention to tantalizing dessert station.

"There'll be chocolate tarts, mini tiramisus, chocolate covered strawberries and butterscotch Pot de Crème," said Anderson. "So if somebody goes home hungry, it's their own fault," she said with a laugh, adding that there will also be wine and beer tasting.

"That was really popular last year."

Local DJ service, Rock Star Productions, is volunteering its time to the event, as is Emcee Jeff Leighton of Leighton Broadcasting.

Tickets are $60, and while they are being sold at the door, the event is also being capped at 250.

"So if somebody knows they want to come, we strongly encourage them to purchase the tickets beforehand," said Anderson, who says tickets can either be bought at the Essentia Health St. Mary's Gift Shop Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by calling her at 844-0719.

Every ticket holder is also automatically entered into the drawing for a trip for two to San Francisco.

"It includes airfare and three nights at the Hotel California, so what a great prize," she said. "The whole evening should be a lot of fun."

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