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Big Bash will be March 5 in Detroit Lakes

March 5 will be a red carpet affair for the Boys and Girls Club and their guests at the annual Big Bash event at the Holmes Ballroom.

"Putting on the Glitz" is the theme for this year's event, and glitz they shall have.

"What we'd like is people to dress up, but it's not a requirement," Boys and Girls Club of Detroit Lakes Executive Director Pat Petermann said.

He added that he understands people might be coming from work, so they can come as they are, but this is also an opportunity to gussy up as well.

The Friday, March 5, event at the Detroit Lakes Community Center will begin with social hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., followed by walleye or pork loin dinner, catered by Convent on Reeves, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m..

During dinner, the orchestra Strolling Strings of Bismarck-Mandan School will be walking throughout the dining area, serenading and playing for guests. The group of 50 has performed throughout the United States.

"They are the finest musicians from the Bismarck-Mandan School system," Petermann said, who has heard them perform in the past. "They're awesome. You won't want to miss them."

He said the "only way this is happening" is thanks to Anderson Bus Company in Frazee who agreed to take a coach bus to get the group and bring them back to Bismarck free of charge.

Continuing the night, from 7:30 to 8 p.m. is the Boys and Girls Club program with kids performing and parent testimonials. The club's wish list will also be mentioned during the program.

A live auction will follow the program -- with items including an eight-day/seven night trip to Cabo, Mexico, an $800 piece of jewelry from Price's Fine Jewelry and an afternoon on a pontoon with drinks and hors d'oeuvres -- and a silent auction will be held throughout the night with different themed baskets up for auction.

"Yes, we'd like to raise money for the club, but we might change this for next year," Petermann said.

The plan is to put more time between the Polar Plunge in February and the Big Bash in March by moving the Big Bash back a few months and "make it more of a summer event for us."

"All proceeds go to the program needs of members we have," he said of the current Big Bash.

The club sees an average 112 kids a day afternoon and feeds about 60 nightly.

"We're getting new members all the time," he added.

Tickets for the Big Bash are available at the club or by calling 847-5700, and are $35 per person or table sponsors for $300 for 8.