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Hands Across Middlesex plan gala with Kiwanis

Tickets are now on sale for the Middlesex Kiwanis-Hands Across Middlesex Gala at the Bethpage Community Center near Urbanna on Saturday, March 20, from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased from Kiwanis member Ray Kostesky (758-8417), Hands member Betty Ward (758-2465) or any member of either organization. The cost is $50 for an individual, $90 for a couple, $350 for a table of 8.

“The evening includes a time to meet and greet, wonderful appetizers, cash bar, fantastic dinner with all the trimmings, silent auction, games, live auction, raffles, drawings, prizes, and fun for everyone,” said a gala spokesperson.

Each week there will be an update in the Sentinel on some of the silent auction offerings. This week’s list includes historic memorabilia; Rosa Parks litho, which is signed by the artist and Parks (limited edition); A script from “The Cosby Show” signed by Bill Cosby; Virginia Inaugural Invitation from 1990 signed by Governor Douglas Wilder; the American Flag flown over the U.S. Arizona; and a Smithsonian poster (with COA) of the “Enola Gay” signed by the crew.

Following are several ways The Kiwanis Club of Middlesex serves the community:

  • Sponsors Key Clubs in two high schools, the Builder’s Club in the middle school and the Kids Club in the elementary school.
  • Provides tutoring in reading and math for elementary students.
  • Provides college scholarships at the high school level.
  • Provides reward programs for all levels of school achievement.
  • Supports the “Reading is Fundamental” program.
  • Helps with “Grandparents Night Out.”
  • Supports the YMCA, 4-H Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Creative Adventures, Laurel Shelter and the Rural Infant Support Program.
  • Provides financial and labor support to many assistance programs.

Following are several ways Hands Across Middlesex serves the community:

  • Provides a Clothing Barn with well-organized shelves and racks to include a dressing room to try things on. There will also be a specified area for prom dresses as the time draws near.
  • Provides a Furniture Barn that houses housewares, appliances, furnishings and many other articles needed to make one’s house a home.
  • Provides emergency financial assistance for rent and utilities.
  • Provides a food bank with canned and frozen foods.
  • Provides handicapped ramps to people who need them.
  • Provides site cleanups.
  • Provides indoor plumbing, septic systems and water systems to homes.
  • Provides all sorts of home repair and rehabilitation to ensure a quality and safe-living environment.

posted 01.06.2010

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