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An Affair with Flair

Annual Red Cross fundraiser is Friday

Published: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 4:03 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 4:08 p.m. CST

PRINCETON — For the sixth year in a row, the Bureau County Red Cross is hosting “An Affair With Flair” fundraiser to help raise money to keep Red Cross services in the county.

Bureau County Red Cross Director Lori Compton said Friday’s fundraiser isset for 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the A Hundred Acre Orchard and Market, two miles west of Princeton. Though life can be busy and hectic at this time of the year, she’s hopeful people will take a bit of time Friday evening to come to the fundraiser, relax, enjoy the evening and support a good cause.

Friday’s fundraiser will include an assortment of wines and beers, plus appetizers from around the world prepared by area chefs. The live auction begins at 7:30 p.m. and features nearly 20 items, including a variety of original paintings, woodworking pieces, and photographs by local artists, as well as jewelry and furniture. Tickets will also be available for several raffle items, including tickets to the John Deere Classic and an overnight stay at Jumer’s Casino in the Quad Cities. Easy-listening music will be provided for the evening by Kyle Fisher and Brett Conlin. There will be something for everyone, Compton said.

Tickets for Friday’s Affair with Flair are available in advance for $15, at Central Bank, Sullivan’s Foods, both in Princeton, Spring Valley City Bank and Citizens First State Bank of Walnut. Tickets are $20 at the door.

All proceeds from Friday’s fundraiser will go to provide the needed Red Cross services to area residents. The Red Cross receives no tax dollars, but is totally donor-based funded through individuals, businesses and organizations, as well as two fundraisers each year.

Services provided by the American Red Cross are disaster relief, blood drives, health and safety education training, and emergency services to military personnel. Each year, the Bureau County Red Cross has had an outreach in each of those areas, Compton said.

Bureau County has had a Red Cross office since June 1917.

Compton commended the many volunteers who help the local Red Cross each and every year, as well as the committee which has worked on Friday’s An Affair with Flair fundraiser. As always, more volunteers are always appreciated. There is always work to be accomplished.

Though people may think they will never need the Red Cross, 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, Compton said.

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