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Community Missions' to host annual 'Sweetheart Dinner'

by jmaloni
Fri, Jan 31st 2014 08:50 pm

"Sweetheart Dinner" benefits impoverished and underserved populations of Niagara County

Community Missions Inc. will hold its 17th annual "Sweetheart Dinner" on Friday, Feb. 7, at the Sheraton at the Falls in Niagara Falls.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with basket viewing and cocktail hour. During this time, guests can purchase basket auction, raffle and 50/50 tickets; bid on silent auction items; visit the cash bar; pick on hors d'oeuvres; listen to live music by Celtic Cross Duo; taste some of Niagara's finest wines from Midnight Wine Cellars; and get their photo taken with their sweetheart.

With lots of themed baskets and a variety of gift certificates, there is sure to be a memorable Valentine's Day gift for everyone.

Dinner begins promptly at 7 p.m. followed by the silent and live auction and basket distribution. Auction items this year include a two-night stay in the Adirondacks and a Buffalo Sabres hockey stick signed by the whole team.

Tickets, $40 per person, can be reserved in tables of eight, and are available until Monday, Feb. 3. For those who wish to stay the night, the Sheraton has offered a special "Sweetheart" rate of $89.

All event proceeds benefit the missions' crisis services programs, which include the community soup kitchen, food pantry, clothes closet, parole re-entry program, Marks Place (HIV/AIDS residence), and homeless shelter. This signature event will assist in continuing to provide food and shelter to the neediest neighbors in Niagara County.

In addition to tickets, basket/auction donations and sponsorship opportunities are available and greatly appreciated. For more information, contact Andrea Gray at 716-285-3403, ext. 2225, or Deborah Owens-Williamson at ext. 2240.

Event Sponsors include: LocalEdge, Brown & Company LLP, UnitedHealthcare, BXI Consultants, Castellani Art Museum and Tree of Life Yoga Studio.

About Community Missions

Since its founding in 1925, Community Missions has provided a unique blend of referral, crisis, community support, and residential services for youth and adults. In 2013, the missions' crisis services programs served more than 75,000 meals and provided nearly 11,000 nights of care to neglected or abused children and homeless adults. Additional agency programs serve adults and youth with psychiatric disabilities, parolees, at-risk youth and other underserved populations in both residential and recovery-oriented settings.

For more information, visit www.communitymissions.org or connect via Facebook and Twitter.

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