Brace yourselves, Florence. On Saturday, February 11 at 6:30 pm at Three Rivers Casino Showroom, things are gonna get sinfully sweet. They might perhaps also get a little “salty” as local bakers, restaurants, caterers, and purveyors of delicious treats vie for recognition and prizes at C.R.O.W.’s first annual “Death by Dessert” fundraiser.
Sweethearts and singles are both encouraged to tickle their tastebuds at this Valentine’s Day weekend party. Guests will be invited to try samples of a large variety of decadently wonderful sweets and treats and then vote for their favorites, maybe kick up their heels a bit to the Rat Pack stylings of “Buck and A Quarter Band,” and participate in a fantastic Silent Auction and Wine Pull. And, all of this will be happening while attendees are supporting a truly great cause….. local kids in the arts.
Last year, C.R.O.W. raised about $24,000 through auctions, pledges, and donations, which put the non-profit well on the way to finalizing it’s new home: The C.R.O.W. Center for the Performing Arts, located at 3120 Hwy 101 in Florence.
“Events like this are made possible by countless volunteer hours, generous dessert donations by bakers, incredible silent auction donations from businesses and community members, and lots of old fashioned hard work. We are so incredibly grateful to everyone who has helped us with coordination of this event, which is designed to shake up the fundraiser world!” said Artistic Director Melanie Heard.
In Spring of 2015, 501 (c)(3) organization, C.R.O.W., secured its new home, through the help of an infusion of immediate funds from an anonymous investor. Since then, the non-profit organization has worked hard to complete a series of crucial renovations, including upgrading ADA plumbing, completely redoing the electrical, adding a new roof, installing a new floor, and an enormous list of other projects too long to include.
Through a flurry of grants and fundraisers, C.R.O.W. has managed to beat the odds, staying fiscally stable, while still providing high-caliber arts education to children every Spring for free. This fact alone differentiates the organization from nearly all other youth arts programs in the nation, who rely on charging fees ranging from $250-$400 per child for participation. C.R.O.W. doesn’t believe in that. Now, partially on its way to paying back the initial $220K investment, the organization seeks funds to complete the back 1/3 of the property, comprising a green room, dressing rooms for males and females, a small restroom for the children, and additional storage for sets, costumes, and props.
As it sits, the building is about 2/3 complete, so this renovation will allow the property to operate at peak capability. For these reasons, this fundraiser is very important, and C.R.O.W. is not shy in asking members of the public to make a difference in the lives of local children, simply by attending the event and having some sweet and tasty fun for Valentine’s Day weekend!
Last year’s C.R.O.W. fundraiser was nearly sold out, so it is best to reserve your tickets early. Pre-sale tickets are $22, or $40 for a couple. At the door tickets are $25 each, and $45 for a couple, upon availability. Tickets include a large variety of dessert samples including cakes, pies, cookies, brownies, and “unique” desserts, live music, and the opportunity to pull a fancy bottle of wine, and to bid on the amazing baskets, prizes, and desserts up for grabs.
Doors will open at 6:30 pm. To reserve your ticket, please visit www.crowkids.com and buy online, or contact Melanie Heard at (541) 999-8641. Heard says, “From the very beginning, C.R.O.W. has told the world that we are not your usual children’s theatre. Well, this time, we want you to know that this is not your usual fundraiser! I’m wondering how many of you can make it out…..ALIVE?!”
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