The RO Foundation invites the community to its Shake on the Lake IV event on Friday, June 28, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Rookies on the Lake, Lake Shore Drive East in Dunkirk. Anyone who loves a wide variety of food, owns a little black dress, loves to dance or enjoys a good laugh should mark the date on their calendar for this Little Black Dress fundraiser.
At $20 a person, this event offers something for everyone. Dance the evening away to the tunes of DJ Joe Gould while inside on Rookies' stage, laugh with comedian Dan Liberto from Rochester. In addition, bachelorettes will not want to miss the Bachelor Auction, featuring four local men with bids starting at $50. Receive an exciting date package by submitting the winning bid.
There will be a wide variety of foods from 14 local restaurants, caterers and clubs offering a Taste of Chautauqua County. Ro-Tini cocktails are a highlight of the evening, selling for $10, proceeds to benefit Brooks Memorial Hospital's Dialysis Department. The first 200 get to keep the martini glass. Sponsored by local companies, the tables under the big top will sport beautiful black, pink, and white themed centerpieces donated by businesses, groups, and individuals.
Three of the bachelors participating in the auction, from left: Matty Bellittiere, Mike Nelson and Mark Darling.
A Chinese auction will be held, with items from local businesses to be auctioned.
Win two Amish solid oak rocking chairs during the event. Tickets for this raffle are available now at $5 each. It is not necessary to be present to win.
Both Shake on the Lake IV and raffle tickets can be purchased by contacting Joe Russo at 785-7505, Maggie Owen at 785-2164, Jill Zappie at 785-1796, Lisa Loeb at 785-0394, Gina Richer at 679-7444, or any RO Foundation board member.
In its third year, the RO foundation assists patients and families when traveling for treatments for long-term illness in the form of gas, food and lodging. To date, Russo and Owen, founders of the foundation, have assisted over 100 local patients and families with more than $30,000 in grants.
"We love doing events that not only raise monies for us, but also help individuals that are in need," Russo emphasized.
"The RO Foundation holds only three events a year to raise monies and awareness for its mission; however, we are receptive to schools, groups and clubs willing to conduct a fundraiser to help us to help local people," Owen commented.
The Patrick K. Coughlin Walk/Run, Sept. 28, is the last scheduled event for 2013.
The RO Foundation is a fund of the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation. For more information, visit www.rofoundation.com and click on news. Donations are tax deductible.