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Dinner Auctions Benefit Local Organizations

A variety of events are set for January and February.

Falls City Spaghetti Feed and Bingo Night

FALLS CITY -- The Falls City Parent-Teacher Club (PTC) is sponsoring its First Spaghetti Feed and Bingo Night.

On Saturday, Feb. 3, come to the Falls City Fire Hall on North Main Street for dinner from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and for Bingo from 6 to 9 p.m.

The Itemizer Observer newspaper donated the seed money for the event, and Bingo prizes include those from contributors like Brixius Jewelers, Focal Point Photography, Oak Knoll Golf Course, Figaro's Pizza, Cooley's Furniture, Hi-School Pharmacy, Guys True Value Hardware and more.

Dinner cost is $5 for adults; $2.50 for students; and $1.50 for kids under 10. Bingo is $1 per card.

This event, which will become an annual affair, will raise money to help pay for busing costs for elementary school field trips and to help with the purchase of music books for the school's new music program.

"The Falls City School District is growing strong," said event organizers. "With all of the positive changes happening with programs across the board under the new school administration, parent participation in the schools is on the rise."

A new feature to the elementary school is a Parent-Teacher (and Community) Club -- The PTC -- which has been formally sanctioned as a communications committee by the school board. The PTC is actively involved in identifying areas for improvement, as well as fundraising, to support a quality education for our kids.

Some of the areas seen this year include: monthly PTC meetings to gather and share information, representation on the School Improvement Council (SITE Council), spurring volunteers to become "room parents," setting up information on the first day of school and for open house activities, creating the first spaghetti feed and Bingo night, and working with teachers to clarify goals for future fundraising.

The PTC encourages anyone in the Falls City community to come to a PTC meeting and check it out. For more information, contact coordinators Kay McGee at 503-787-1908 or Jami Kidd at 503-787-5116.

Whitworth Elementary Spaghetti Dinner and Auction

DALLAS -- "A Taste Of Italy" to benefit Whitworth Elementary School returns to the Dallas High School forum on Friday, Feb. 9.

The spaghetti dinner and silent auction will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. in the DHS forum.

Auction items include gift baskets, weekend getaways and many other gifts. Also enter to win the "draw down."

The big ticket item is a Ford Contour provided by Joe Hayward Ford.

Dinner includes salad, bread, drink, dessert and all you can eat spaghetti.

Cost is $5 for adults 12 and up; $3 for ages 5 to 11; and free for children 4 and under.

Tickets are available in advance at the Whitworth school office or at the door on Feb. 9.

A portion of the proceeds will be used toward upgrading playground equipment and classroom computers.

Central FFA Dinner and Auction

INDEPENDENCE --The Central High School FFA is collecting donations for its annual auction on Feb. 24.

"We take anything and everything," said coordinator Ruth Trine.

The money generated from the auction is used for college scholarships, to supplement the high school agriculture program and to make loans to students who are raising animals for competition.

The silent auction will begin at 5 p.m. in the Central High School cafeteria and continues until 7 p.m. when the oral auction will begin.

A dinner featuring roast pig, chicken and vegetarian lasagna with all the trimmings will be served. Tickets for the dinner are $9 for adults and $7 for children. There is no charge for attending the auction.

For more information, contact Ruth Trine at 503-838-1241 or Dean Freeborn at 503-364-2511.

Polk County Fair Dinner and Auction

RICKREALL -- The annual Polk County Fair Improvement Association Benefit Dinner and Auction will be held on Saturday, Feb. 10 starting at 4:30 p.m. with the silent auction.

It's followed by the dessert auction and prime rib dinner at 6 p.m. and the oral auction at 7 p.m. Tickets at the door are $20 per person.

Proceeds benefit the improvement of the fairgrounds facilities. Prior auctions have provided the funds for new swine pens and exhaust fans for the beef barn. New bleachers have also been funded through the success of the auction.

Auction items include 100 gallons of diesel fuel, Pendleton Round-Up tickets, a fishing trip, 10 yards of gravel, Western artwork and much more.

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