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Seeing red

Red Cross sets annual fundraiser

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 2:54 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 2:57 p.m. CDT
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Vanessa Hoffeditz (left) and JoAnne Kloepping examine some of the auction items available at last year's Red Nite Out fundraiser for the Bureau County Red Cross. This year's winter fundraiser is set for Saturday at Ye Olde Underground Inn in Princeton. Tickets are available in advance for $15, or at the door for $20. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the live auction begins at 7:30 p.m.

PRINCETON — Bureau County Red Cross Director Lori Compton is hoping area residents will think red this weekend and come out to support their local Red Cross chapter.

Compton said this year’s annual Red Nite Out auction and dance will be held Saturday at Ye Olde Underground Inn, located at 219 S. Sixth St. in Princeton. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the live auction beginning at 7:30 p.m.

This year’s annual fundraiser will feature an estimated 20 nice auction packages, Compton said. Among those auction items are a theater package with dinner; an overnight stay in St. Louis with Cardinal baseball game tickets; a two-night stay in Wisconsin; jewelry; a private wine tasting; and golf packages. There will also be a silent auction, appetizers, a dessert table, and a cash bar.

All proceeds from Saturday’s fundraiser will go to benefit the Bureau County Red Cross. The Red Cross receives no federal or state funding but is supported entirely through local businesses, organizations and individuals. Saturday’s annual winter fundraiser is an important outreach for the local Red Cross to build funds to help support its work throughout the county, she said.

Tickets are $15 in advance and may be bought at Sullivan’s Foods, Spring Valley City Bank, Central Bank in Princeton, the Princeton Chamber of Commerce, and Citizens First National Bank in Walnut. Tickets at the door are $20.

“Red Nite Out will be a great way for people to have a good time and support a good cause, Compton said.

Looking at the importance of the American Red Cross, Compton said people may think they will never face a crisis situation and need the Red Cross, but statistics show that one out of every four people will need the services of the Red Cross at some time during their life. Even then, people may not directly need the Red Cross, but it may be a family member, neighbor or co-worker in need, she said.

As a prime and recent example, the Red Cross is still working with the people in Washington, after a tornado struck that community last November, Compton said.

The Bureau County Red Cross is under the umbrella of the Quad Cities Area Chapter, which also serves Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, and western Whiteside counties in Illinois and Des Moines, Henry, Lee, Louisa, Muscatine and Scott counties in Iowa.

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