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10th annual Festival for Families set for Dec. 7

Posted: Thursday, Nov 21st, 2013

EVANSTON — The 10th annual Festival for Families is gearing up for another successful event.

This year’s fundraiser, which helps local families in need, is slated for Saturday, Dec. 7, from 5:30 – 10 p.m., at Evanston’s historic Roundhouse.

Rusty Lym, founder of the charitable organization, said this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever.

“Because the event has grown so large,” Lym said, “table reservations are recommended.”

Admission to the festival is a $10 raffle ticket and a table for eight can be reserved for $100 on top of that.

Not only will patrons get a chance to win thousands of dollars of merchandise, or even cash, the $10 ticket provides participants with food and entertainment through the evening.

“We’ll have hors d’oeuvres, meatballs, shrimp, chicken wings and also chicken cordon bleu and prime rib,” Lym said.

Festivalgoers will also be privy to live and silent auctions. Some of the items, most donated to the festival, are: VIP tickets to a Utah Jazz game — a $1,760 value; two all-expenses-paid golf trips — one to Utah and one to Mesquite, Nev.; Christmas trees; quilts and much more.

The 501(c)( 3) organization is also accepting donations for more items for the auctions, Lym said, which are tax deductible. Those interested in donating can do so at Trona Valley Credit Union in Evanston.

Since its inception 10 years ago, Festival for Families has raised a staggering amount of money for local families.

“This makes the 10th year and we will exceed $400,000,” Lym said. “It all goes back to the community, between helping families at Christmas and also our Blanket of Hope program that helps families in need with cancer, [or who’ve had] house fires, et cetera. We even helped a family with a funeral the other day.”

While there is a large focus on this particular event, the organization helps families year-round.

This year, Lym said, the organization will honor its Blanket of Hope recipients who have passed away.

Those who would like their name on a plaque for the Blanket of Hope can do so by donating $500 to the cause.

Raffle tickets for the festival can be purchased at Trona Valley Credit Union, Anderson Service Center, Best Western Dunmar Inn, Kate’s, Last Chance, Spanky’s, Suds Bros. or through the EHS Honor Society, which is also helping with this year’s event.

Raffle prizes include a $2,000 Walmart gift card, rifle and scope, $1,000 cash and a laptop computer.

The adult-only event will also have a cash bar.

Recommendations for families in need will be accepted only via email and are due by Dec. 10.

To recommend a family in need or to reserve a table for the event, email festivalforfamilies2012@gmail.com.

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