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'Fire & Ice' fund raiser to benefit St. Mary's

Last year, St. Mary's Regional Health Center revamped its 16-year-old "Musical Moments" fund-raiser, transforming it into a "Fire & Ice Experience."

Since then, St. Mary's itself has taken on a new name, thanks to its merger with Innovis Health -- but "Fire & Ice" has lived on for a second year. After all, why mess with success?

"Last year, we offered 300 tickets, and we sold out," said LeAnn Mouw, director of development and community relations at St. Mary's.

The event proved so popular, in fact, that St. Mary's opted to continue with the same venue as well. The second annual Fire & Ice Experience is set to begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 in the Fireside Restaurant, which also hosted last year's fund-raiser.

From the name of the venue, to the "hot and cold" foods, to the grand prize drawing, the "fire and ice" theme is carried throughout the event, Mouw explained.

"Our grand prize drawing will be for two Bashan scooters -- one red, one blue," she said. The scooters were provided courtesy of Jack Chivers Realty, Indigo Signworks and Kevin & Shawna Mann.

"It's really fitting, with gas prices and the economy the way they are ... a lot more people are utilizing scooters," Mouw pointed out.

Also contributing to the fund-raiser will be Pure Gold, which is providing 100 pieces of "ice" that can be purchased for $25 each. All of the glittering stones will be a half-carat in size: however, Mouw said, only one of them will be a real diamond. Thus, each person purchasing one of the stones will have a 1 in 100 chance of taking home a real half-carat diamond.

Though the basic theme is the same as last year, Mouw said, there have been a few improvements made. Due to the fact that seating was a little cramped last year, St. Mary's will only be selling 250 tickets for the Oct. 11 event.

"We've already sold 140," Mouw said. "They're going fast."

In addition, the food will not be set up at individual stations; rather, the servers will be walking through the crowds with trays and serving each dish separately to attendees, who will have the option of standing or sitting to sample the delicacies.

There will also be several wine tasting stations, with each vintage intended to complement one of the dishes being served, Mouw added.

Tickets for the second annual Fire & Ice Experience are now on sale for $60 apiece at the following locations: St. Mary's Gift Shop, The Fireside, Jack Chives Realty, or by calling St. Mary's Foundation at 218-844-0719. You can also purchase them online at

All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the St. Mary's Foundation.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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