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April snow is always going on borrowed time, and members of the Kiwanis Club are thumbing their noses at the weather, as they get ready for a party.

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"It's the perfect time for a luau!" said Kimberly Wegleitner, Kiwanis's co-chair for the event.

The 28th annual fundraiser, being held at the Holiday Inn, is once again taking on the cheery, tropical theme of a luau.

Partiers at the event are given a flower lei at the door to set the summer scene.

"I just think by this time of the year, everybody is ready to break out their fun, colorful clothes," said Wegleitner, adding, "A lot of people show up in Hawaiian shirts and floral dresses."

Wegleitner says they'll be decorating the party room like it's not Minnesota, with children from the Boys and Girls Club providing many of the creations.

"They're busy making tissue paper flowers and fun decorations to hang from the ceiling. We'll have hula girls on the walls, palm trees and grass skirts, so it'll be fun!"

Also adding to the festive ambiance will be Detroit Lakes musician Dave Herzog and his Island Steel Drums.

He typically plays at the Holiday Inn during the summer.

The event begins with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m., and a live and silent auction stealing the show at 7:30 p.m..

Some of the bigger items already donated for the auctions include attorney services for a two-person will, casino packages, jewelry, dinner and pontoon rides, tickets to twins games and hotel packages.

"This is our only fundraiser for the whole year, so what we make here has to fund us for the entire year in everything we donate to," said Wegleitner, adding, "and it's been a year and a half now since we've had a fundraiser, so we're hoping people come out for this."

The Kiwanis Club is hoping to raise money for youth organizations both locally and throughout the world.

Their mission is to focus on the health, safety, and development of children everywhere.

Some of the children benefiting from the Luau fundraiser include those involved in Becker County 4-H, Boys and Girls Club, Cub Scout Pack 605, the Key Club, as well as money going toward scholarships, the Grad Bash, Lakes Crisis Center, Holiday Wish Program, early childhood dental network equipment and even to children in Haiti.

"Part of the money raised here will also go to sponsor a child in Haiti so that they can go to school, and then we will continue to sponsor that child every year until they graduate," Wegleitner said.

There are about 75 members of the Kiwanis Club, and while they try to focus on children's programs, that isn't their only goal.

"We also want to enrich the lives of the adults in the club as well," Wegleitner said. "That's why we do the fundraiser this way, so that it's fun ... there will be special bar drinks and authentic music."

The Luau fundraiser is April 15 at the Holiday Inn on the Lake, starting at 5:30 p.m.

"It's tax day, so not only will people not forget the date, but they'll be ready to relax and celebrate," laughs Wegleitner.

Tickets are $35, and can either be purchased through a Kiwanis member or at the door.

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