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Family Support Council event features auction, dancing, dinner

Staff reports

Auctioneer for the annual Family Support Council’s Hearts and Flowers Dinner-Dance is Dr. Michael Fischer, who has some fabulous items to sell during the annual benefit this Saturday night.

The live auction, which is always entertaining, will be complemented by a silent auction and raffle drawing.

Among the many items donated by Northern Nevada businesses are a two-night’s stay at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, a poker machine from IGT, four rounds of golf at the Golf Club at Genoa Lakes, a semi-truck load of gravel from Bing Construction, four 49er football tickets and a stay at the Chelsea Inn, a sailplane ride for two and trip to Seattle with two nights’ accommodation, airfare and a car rental.

Cash, five sub sandwiches, five yards of oil essence-plus compost, a miniature doll house with furniture and people, wine, baskets of goodies, art prints and a barbecue grill are just a few of the nearly 100 items donated to the fund-raiser, according to spokesperson Nancy Jackson of the Family Support Council board of directors.

The grand door prize is a diamond donated by Leonard Ludel, formerly of Gardnerville. Ludel was owner of the American School of Diamond Cutting, which was known throughout the world.

Although Ludel moved out of Carson Valley some years ago, he has been donating a diamond to the event since the beginning.

The lively Hyde Street Swing Session will provide music for the dance folowing dinner.

The 17th annual event will be held March 11, with a no-host bar at 6 p.m. and elegant dinner at 7 p.m. at the Carson Valley Inn.

Proceeds from the dinner-dance support the various programs offered by the Family Support Council, such as the crisis line for domestic violence, programs for women, children and families, support groups, parenting classes and the sexual assault program.

Tickets are $45 can be obtained at the Family Support Council office, 782-8692, by calling 782-4611 or at Beverly Realty in Gardnerville.