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YMCA fundraiser slated for Friday

WORTHINGTON -- The YMCA is an organization that prides itself in promoting healthy living and providing quality programming, and the local Worthington Area YMCA and DeGroot Family Center is no different.

In an effort to continue provide an array of services, the Worthington YMCA will host the 26th annual Cruise and Vacation Dinner, its single largest event to help with youth and family programming and financial assistance programs.

"It goes without saying that the YMCA would not be able to operate and serve the community if not for the support of many individuals and businesses in the community," said Andy Johnson, executive director and chief executive officer of the Worthington Area YMCA DeGroot Family Center. "We are very grateful to provide programming and services to people in need."

"We are seeing more requests for financial assistant than we've ever seen before," Johnson noted. "With these economic times, there are definitely more families looking to continue to have these dollars and programming at little or no cost."

The event is slated to begin with a social and silent auction at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the gymnasium of the Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington campus.

A sit-down dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.

The meal will be prepared by the Countryside Inn and Peter Charbonneau and served by local 4-H and YMCA youth leaders.

The night will also include live entertainment from "Deuces Wild! Dueling Piano Show," featuring the talents of Minnesota pianists David Charles Eichholz and Ted Manderfeld. They perform a Las Vegas-style show that mixes comedy, audience participation and a mix of music and parodies, ranging from classic rock to country to rap and show tunes.

"They are great professionals that come with very high recommendations and reviews on the quality of the show," Johnson added about the musical duo.

Two tickets may be purchased for $150 and include the social, dinner for two, entry in the drawing and the live entertainment.

Businesses may also purchase a table for six people for $550.

The business package includes an opportunity for the business to be advertised on the table and listed on print material the night of the event.

People who are unable to attend the event but would still like to contribute to the fundraising effort and be entered in the drawing may purchase a ticket for $100.

All ticket purchasers will have the opportunity to be entered in a drawing for a $2,000 vacation, as well as other cash prizes.

Phone 376-6197 for more information or to purchase tickets.