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DL Crisis Center to hold fundraiser

The Annual LCRC banquet committee has some fun with this year’s theme of “Picture This: A Snapshot of Our Community in Action.” Committee members include (from left, front row) Beth Leighton, Megan Pflepsen, Anna Sellin, Kari Williams and Kathy Michaelson; (back row from left) Danielle Kraus, Linda Mickelson, Kathy Coyle, Jan Logan and Sandy Brasel (not pictured: Beth Pridday, Kathy Carlson). SUBMITTED PHOTO

Picture this: a community where people step up to the plate to help the women and children seeking shelter from an abusive or dangerous relationship.

That will be the scene at this year’s Lakes Crisis & Resource Center annual fundraiser, aptly themed “Picture This.”

“It’s a snapshot of our community in action,” said Anna Sellin, development director for the facility.

The 24th annual banquet and auction is set for Friday, April 4, at the Holiday Inn on the Lake.

“For the evening, the events are the dinner, which is a chicken wellington or broiled pollock for our lent option of course, and then it comes with a side, a salad and dessert,” said Sellin. “We also have games of chance and games to win prizes, which some are to win money.”

There will also be silent and live auctions set up with donations from local businesses and area individuals.

Some of the bigger items up for grabs are a 7-night, 8-day stay in Cabo San Lucas, a fishing package with a rod, reel and 4-hour guided fishing trip for two, two VIP WE Fest tickets with camping and parking, a gas patio fire pit table and a five- course Italian dinner for four prepared and served in the buyer’s home.

Silent auction items that will be less costly are rounds of golf, gourmet food baskets, jewelry, children’s birthday parties, artwork and wall hangings, sporting event tickets and more.

Event planners are expecting roughly 200 people for the event, but this year extra space will allow for up to 250.

The space will be decorated in the “Picture This” portrait-style theme that ties in family and the community as a whole.

Background music will be piano music performed by three local girls: Cassidy, Sophie and Greta Nelson.

“We work on this all year long thinking of ways to make it a little bit better every year,” said Sellin. “We want to raise money but we also want all the people who have helped us over the years have some fun, and we do have a lot of people say to us that it is.”

Sellin says part of that fun this year will be a photo booth with props that will be set up to take “silly” pictures of attendees.

This event serves as the center’s largest fundraiser of the year, which raises money to help support the programs offered by the crisis center.

A social hour at 5:30 p.m. kicks off the event, as attendees take in some games and a chance to win a wine cabinet. Kathy Coyle will be speaking before dinner, which begins around 7:15.

“That should wrap up around 7:45, and then we’ll have the live auction and give out some final prizes,” said Sellin, who says the event is “pretty casual” as its attire.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the door; however, event organizers hope that most will be purchased in advance for planning purposes.

The Lake Crisis & Resource Center on Pelican Lane in Detroit Lakes has them on-hand, as do any board members.

There are also sponsorships available for larger groups.

“You can have reserved seating if you sponsor a table for four for $300 or a table for 8 for $500, and those are reserved seats,” said Sellin.

For more information, contact the crisis center at 847-8572.