Tickets for Desert Sun’s Grand Night fundraiser promise to sell out quickly

By on January 15, 2014
Town of Osoyoos Mayor Stu Wells and his wife Martha Collins were all smiles while posing for this picture at the 2013 Grand Night fundraiser for the Desert Sun Counselling and Resource Centre. The mayor and his wife will be in attendance for this year’s event, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Watermark Beach Resort. Tickets for the event are now on sale and another sell-out crowd is expected to attend. (File photo Keith Lacey)

Town of Osoyoos Mayor Stu Wells and his wife Martha Collins were all smiles while posing for this picture at the 2013 Grand Night fundraiser for the Desert Sun Counselling and Resource Centre. The mayor and his wife will be in attendance for this year’s event, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Watermark Beach Resort. Tickets for the event are now on sale and another sell-out crowd is expected to attend. (File photo Keith Lacey)

Tickets promise to sell quickly once again as one of the most popular social events of the year is only a few days away.

For the ninth consecutive year, Desert Sun Counselling and Resource Centre is sponsoring A Grand Night, which will take place on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Watermark Beach Resort.

The event has sold out the past two years and promises to do the same again this year, said Roxie Van Aller, the executive director of Desert Sun.

“This has turned into a very popular social event in town,” said Van Aller. “It’s a rare night when people can get dressed up and come out and have a really good time and enjoy a fun evening that includes dinner and dancing and basically a lot of fun.”

One of the highlights of the evening takes place when a draw is taken to give away the “grand prize” of $1,000, she said.

The theme for this year’s event is “Under the Tuscan Moon” and those in attendance will be able to enjoy a seven-course meal prepared by some of this region’s finest chefs, said Van Aller.

“Big platters of food with the Tuscan theme will be featured and seven courses are planned,” she said. “The chefs involved are still in the process of deciding exactly what they will serve. Many of the same chefs from the last couple of years are returning, which is great news, because the food we serve at our event is definitely one of the highlights and a big reason why so many people keep coming back.”

Chefs confirmed to prepare food for the event include Natasha Schooten, the head chef at Terrafina Restaurant at Hester Creek Winery in Oliver, Justin Paakkunainen, head chef at Walnut Beach Resort in Osoyoos, Jonas Stalander, head chef at the Watermark Beach Resort and Justin Hertz, the new executive chef at the Restaurant at Spirit Ridge.

Not everyone will be wearing a tuxedo and cocktail dress, but the event is promoted as a formal evening where participants do dress up nicely, said Van Aller.

“There will be a few tuxedos, but most of the men will be wearing suits and ties and the women wear everything from long gowns to cocktails dresses,” she said. “It’s an opportunity to get dressed up and have some fun and make us forget we’re in the middle of another long winter.”

As has become policy with this event, a ride home will be offered to anyone who requires one, she said.

All proceeds from A Grand Night will go to help fund the various programs offered by Desert Sun Counselling and Resource Centre, said Van Aller.

The event will commence with cocktails at 6 p.m.

Tickets for the event are $85 and are being sold at Beyond Bliss in Oliver and Imperial Office Pro, located on Main Street in Osoyoos.

If you want to purchase tickets using a credit card, you can do so by calling 250-498-2538.

KEITH LACEY

Osoyoos Times

 

 

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