There are still a handful of tickets left for the Lakes Crisis & Resource Center's 29th Annual Banquet and Auction on March 22 - but if you don't have yours yet, now is the time to get on the phone and reserve them.
"We typically sell out," says LCRC Executive Director Anna Sellin. "It's our biggest fundraiser of the year."
One of the main reasons why the event is such a "hot ticket" each year is the sheer number and scope of both live and silent auction items offered: "We have a huge variety of silent auction items this year, ranging from $50 to $500 (in value)," says DelRae Chivers, LCRC's outreach and development coordinator.
As for the live auction, Sellin says auctioneer Austin Bachmann of Bachmann Auctioneers will be serving up several unique dinners, plus a couple of vacation packages.
"Mark and Julie Berg will host a multi-course meal at their home," she said.
"They're very knowledgeable," Chivers added, noting that the Bergs both have extensive experience in the culinary industry. "It will be a gourmet meal, with wine pairings."
"We will also have an Italian dinner, courtesy of Beth Pridday and Anne Marye Hoban," Sellin said, noting that the two had recently taken a culinary class and would be hosting the dinner at the winning bidder's home.
"Brian Bigger is also offering a steak dinner for 12, with sides, salad and wine," she added, noting that Bigger would be bringing his grill along to the winning bidder's home for what is sure to be a memorable evening.
Another live auction item this year is a "Double Date Night Out," including dinner for four at Roasted - with a custom menu created just for them - plus four tickets for a movie at the local cinema, with popcorn. And, as a special treat, LCRC child educator Stephanie Baker has offered to provide an evening of activity-based childcare for the kids while their parents are enjoying a special evening away from home.
"It won't just be fun for the adults, but for the kids too," Chivers said.
Two special vacation packages will also be up for bid.
"We have a stay of up to one month, for up to four people, at a condo in Venice, Fla.," Sellin said; the other vacation package on offer is a one-week stay at a condo in Big Sky, Mont., she added.
There will also be a raffle featuring "a beautiful diamond pendant from Royal Jewelers," said Chivers.
A small sampling of the silent auction items that will be given away that evening: Autographed books from author Brene Brown; tickets for Vikings football, Twins baseball and other sporting events; a Snow Bear guided fishing excursion, complete with food and beverages; jewelry and name-brand sunglasses; a Yeti cooler from Lakes Sport Shop; and a variety of artwork donated by local artists.
"We also have about 200 gift cards from lakes area businesses," Chivers said, noting that some of them would be offered at the silent auction, while others would be given as prizes for various games planned during the evening.
"The prize for the winner of one of our games is to take their pick of any item from the silent auction," Sellin added.
And if all that wasn't enough, the evening will also include a dinner catered by Lakeview Catering, featuring lasagna - with both meat and vegetarian options - as well as sides including salad, vegetable, bread and dessert; a testimonial from a former LCRC client, who will share her story of strength, perseverance and hope; games of chance, raffles and more.
And of course, all proceeds from the event will benefit LCRC's programs and services to residents of Detroit Lakes and surrounding communities, including its Kinship mentoring program, the Mary's Place emergency shelter for women and children experiencing abuse, and many other advocacy and support programs for men, women and children in the lakes area, which serve between 1,500-2,000 people each year.
"It is our biggest fundraiser," Sellin said. "Last year we raised over $55,000."
"We're shooting for $60,000 this year," Chivers said, adding, "We truly appreciate all the support from the lakes area community, not just for this event, but throughout the year."
The 2019 event is set to take place next Friday, March 22, in the ballroom of the Historic Holmes Theatre (826 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes), starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $60 per person; there are also a few table sponsorships still available. Call the LCRC offices at 218-847-8572 to reserve tickets, or for more information.