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Community Missions preparing for 20th annual Sweetheart Dinner

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Tue, Feb 7th 2017 07:35 pm

Final preparations in place for Friday-evening event

More than 280 attendees are expected to celebrate Community Missions' 20th annual Sweetheart Dinner on Friday, Feb. 10, at The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls.

The annual event benefits the agency's crisis services, including the Community Soup Kitchen, food pantry, clothes closet and emergency housing shelter. It will feature more than 100 baskets, 50 gift cards, 15 silent auction items and numerous raffles.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with basket viewing and cocktail hour. During this time, guests may purchase basket, raffle and 50/50 tickets, bid on silent auction items, visit the cash bar, and enjoy hors d'oeuvres, and live music by Celtic Cross. Dinner and a short program will begin at 7 p.m., with the calling of winners to follow.

For those that wish to stay the night, Sheraton at the Falls is offering a special room rate of $69 as the event's hotel partner.

As it is expected to be a busy night in downtown Niagara Falls, valet parking is included with the ticket. Those wishing to take advantage of valet parking should approach the event heading south on Third Street (from Niagara Street), as Old Falls Street will be closed off on Friday evening. It is encouraged that all attendees take advantage of the complimentary valet parking, or park at Sheraton at the Falls if staying the night.

Event chairs Michael Lewis, Ph.D., of the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District, and Dr. Melinda Scime of Tree of Life Yoga Studio will present the evening. Sponsors include: Calspan, Covanta, Niagara County Community College, Rainbow Dog Hotel & Day Care, Lawley Insurance, Alan Roscetti for Niagara Falls City Court Judge, Buffalo Alarm, Calamar, Independent Health, and Tree of Life Yoga Studio.

For more information, contact Events & Volunteer Manager Francesca Catanese at 716-285-3403, ext. 2225.

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 2016, Community Missions provided over 89,000 meals and 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.

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