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YWCA hosting annual Silver Showcase on Saturday

The YWCA of Fort Dodge will host its annual Silver Showcase at Willow Ridge on Saturday.

Doors open at 5 p.m. with a silent auction running from 6:30 to 7 p.m. and a program from 7 to 7:30 p.m., with a live auction to follow.

Guests can purchase tickets at the YWCA, from any YWCA board member and at the door. Tickets are $25.

“This is our biggest fundraiser that contributes most significantly to our ability to stay open and part of the Fort Dodge community,” said YWCA Executive Director Mandi Crouse Kelly.

The funds raised will go toward supporting the projects and programs that aren’t covered by the “very limited” state funding the organization receives.

“So the generosity of the community is really what keeps the YWCA open and able to provide the services and support that the women and children need,” Crouse Kelly said.

Crouse Kelly said that guests can preview some of the auction items on the event’s web page at silvershowcase.givesmart.com. Some items up for auction will be Iowa Wild tickets, a $500 Iowa Central scholarship, DeWalt powertools, gift baskets, fire pits and more.

The annual fundraiser will feature live music and a speaker as well.

Crouse Kelly will update guests on how the funds from last year’s event supported the YWCA over the past year, as well as introduce the keynote speaker, Megan Evans.

“She’s actually my lead treatment tech and she’s going to tell her story,” Crouse Kelly said. “She was a resident at the YWCA over three years ago and she found her recovery and went to school and is soon going to test to get her license as a certified drug and alcohol counselor. So she’s going to tell her story about what the YWCA did for her and what it continues to do since she’s working here.”

All proceeds go to the YWCA to serve the women and children of the community.

Appetizers, snacks, desserts and beverages will be served and a cash bar will be available. College football games will be playing at the bar.

Crouse Kelly also said guests will have the opportunity to “adopt” rooms at the YWCA for the holidays.

“Near Christmastime, individuals adopted a room to be able to provide Christmas presents for the women and children living in the room and it had such a phenomenal turnout last year,” she said. “Christmas here was just incredible, and that was because of the community.”