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Festival For Families offers great food, great prizes tonight

Posted: Friday, Nov 30th, 2012


The Burleighs — Tracy, Robert, Spencer and Sierra —were the grand prize winners of the 2011 Festival for Families raffle, and were able to use their $2,000 voucher to make their trip to Orlando, Fla., for Spring Break 2012, a “trip of a lifetime.” The 2012 Festival for Families raffle tickets can be purchased for $10 at Last Chance, Trona Valley Credit Union, Anderson Service Center and from the Evanston High School Honor Society. The drawing will be held Nov. 30 during the annual dinner and gala. You need not be present to win. Courtesy photo


EVANSTON — The ninth annual Festival For Families dinner and gala kicks off at 6 p.m. tonight, Friday, Nov. 30, at the Evanston Historic Roundhouse, and the event — created to raise funds to aid needy families in the area during the holiday season — certainly won’t disappoint patrons.

The adults-only event, which runs from 6 to 10 p.m., will feature an extensive list of scrumptious hors d’ouevres, live music from Cold Fusion and an available cash bar.

Admission to the event is the purchase of a $10 raffle ticket, which gives the holder a chance to capture some fabulous prizes, including a $2,000 Walmart gift card; $1,000 cash; a rifle and scope; and a 60-inch television.

The event’s live auction will offer bidders a plethora of amazing items, including fine art; a bass fishing trip for four; two golf trips, including one to Mesquite, Nev., for two nights for four people, new kids’ bikes; an NCAA basketball package for four; and a pool table that will breceive new bumpers and felt to the taste of the auction winner.

Festival For Families has inspired help from many people in the Evanston community. The following story was submitted about such a group:



Ryan Hamblin continues to inspire friends and family to honor his memory, and donate to Festival for Families through sports. From June 27 through July 1, 2012, 20 friends joined together to participate in the fourth annual “Widower’s Cup” in Las Vegas, Nev.

This invitational series of golf tournaments was initiated with Ryan in 2009 to assist in raising funds, originally for Ryan’s medical expenses, but now continuing to donate in his honor.

This year Steve Ellis, Jr., Steve Ellis, Sr., Chris Smith, Chris Gerrard, Chuck Tholl, Scotty McCloud, Jay Hensley, Bobby Mathson, Cliff Tholl, Ralph Lewis, Scott Faddis, Ty Sayles, Brett Hamblin, Bradd Harrell, Clint Harrell, Charley Bauer, Tom Marshall, Kurt Beebe, Jr., Rick Slaugh and Gary Atkinson raised $2,478 in Ryan’s memory to be donated, per Ryan’s wishes, to Festival For Families.

This will be the second year funds have been raised by these comrades and friends to honor a fallen brother and be donated to Festival for Families, to give back to the community Ryan Hamblin loved so much.











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