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Lakes Crisis fundraiser will have theme from 1960s, 1970s

It will be ‘back to the future’ for the DL High School Jazz Band, which will don tie-dye shirts and a groovy attitude for the annual Lakes Crisis and Resource Center Banquet April 5 at the Speak Easy. Feel the flower power. Brian Basham/Record

It’s time to get groovy, baby. The annual banquet fundraiser for the Lakes Crisis and Resource Center is taking on a “sick” twist this year, as the 60s and 70s are making a comeback for the event.

Themed “Family Power,” organizers of the fundraiser (which include the facility’s fundraising committee, its board and its staff), chose this theme with strength in mind.

“We are very aware that the dynamics of what is a family has changed over the years,” said Kathy Michaelson, who is on the fundraising board. “Whether it’s grandparents and children, a single parent and children or a conventional two-parent family, it doesn’t matter … there’s power in family.”

The event takes place Friday, April 5 at the Speak Easy, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

“And there’s something so exciting happening at 5:30,” said Michaelson. “The DL High School Jazz Band, all decked out in their tie-dye T-shirts, will have people mellowing out to their groovy tunes from the 60s and 70s,” she said, adding that the students are volunteering their time to the cause

 “Which I think is over-the-top fantastic for these young people to do – they’re busy learning all the old songs!”

Michaelson says attire for the evening is whatever makes each person comfortable, but “we’re encouraging tie-dyes, paisley prints or those Nehru shirts with the little stand up collar and the ‘V’ in the front – they were so cute.”

This fundraiser is held every year as a way to support the Crisis Center’s programs, which have expanded over the years to include more than just the basics.

“The crisis center used to be just about putting the fires out, but now it’s really about helping people gain a healthy lifestyle and protecting children and helping them grow up in a positive environment,” said Michaelson.

Fundraisers like this one help the crisis center extend those helping hands, as tickets for the event go for $50 each and a silent auction will provide plenty of unique items to bid on.

Those include things like a pizza and beverage party for 10 pizza hand-made and baked in a brick outdoor wood-fired oven, an airplane ride for two over the Detroit Lakes area, an LL Bean Adirondack chair and side table with martini glasses and mixes, a trip to Cobo, WE Fest VIP tickets and four club-level Twins tickets, including hotel stay and a gas card to get down there.

Bergens will also be getting into the spirit of things with its Flower Power booth, where guests can purchase coupons for Bergens that translate into kickbacks for the Crisis Center when they’re turned in.

“So people can mellow out to the groovy music while diggin’ the silent auction items and chillin’ out with their friends,” laughed Michaelson, who says they usually end up selling out every year at 225 tickets, and are hoping for the same results this year.

Tickets for the event, which include dinner and a “rad” evening, can be purchased at the Crisis Center or by calling 847-8572.

“Catch ya on the flip side…” said Michaelson, “Be there or be square!”