This holiday season, a number of organizations are working together to provide special holiday events for all different sort of interests.
Silver Showcase: A Gala to Support the YWCA
On Saturday the YWCA will host the "Silver Showcase" in the Wahkonsa Lobby located at 927 Central Ave. After enjoying the Trolley Center site for many years, this year's YWCA event will reflect changes to the annual fundraiser. The Wahkonsa Lobby will be showcased and will be a beautiful setting for this formal affair.
This elegant event will offer a live and silent auction, live entertainment, wine and hors d'oeuvres prepared by the Fort Dodge Senior High Culinary Arts program. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the live auction scheduled for 8 p.m. The attire is black tie optional.
The Silver Showcase is a great opportunity to gather downtown and enjoy the sight and sounds of the season. It's also a great way to raise funds for a very worthy cause. It's the largest fundraising event to raise funds for the YWCA's programs, activities and initiatives.
The YWCA has served thousands of women and children for more than 100 years in Fort Dodge and will continue to serve for many years to come. People's lives are affected by its presence every day through the homeless shelter, transitional housing program, substance abuse programming and numerous educational opportunities.
The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, with co-sponsorship from SSMID, will host the annual Holiday Lighting Event. It will be held at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at the plaza on the corner of Central Avenue and Ninth Street. Santa will arrive in a fire truck, Mayor Matt Bemrich will light the tree and there will be free activities for families and children in the Wahkonsa's lobby following the tree lighting.
There will be hayrides, a store window decorating contest for the downtown merchants and visits with Santa. The FDSH and St. Edmond choirs and the Harmony Brigades will perform in the Wahkonsa's lobby.
Cookies, hot chocolate supplied by Bloomers, hot cider and free photos with Santa will be available to families. Children can decorate cookies, make Christmas ornaments, do face-painting and write letters to Santa.
Frontier Communications is installing the thousands of lights on the tree, the Lions Club is helping to serve the cookies, St. Edmond and Fort Dodge Senior High cheerleaders are helping with the cookie decorating and ornament making. It is truly a team effort for all these volunteers to provide such a wonderful evening for our community.
Ladies Night Out
Nov. 27, the "Downtown Divas" will host Ladies Night Out from 5 to 8 p.m. Downtown stores will be open, have holiday specials and treats for customers.
During our ladies night out, we will be collecting food for the Backpack Buddies Program. All shoppers are strongly encouraged to bring in nonperishable food items that will be given to the program (or money can be donated) and if they do, they will receive a 15 percent off coupon to be used at all the participating businesses that night. The program needs canned soups, Pop-Tarts, pudding packs, 100 percent juice boxes, fruit snacks, fruit cups, ravioli/spaghetti meals and individually wrapped cookies. Remember, the foods must be "kid friendly" and in individual servings. Participating businesses are Xessorize, Design Two, Five Star Embroidery, Mary Kay's Gifts, Past Tense Therapeutic Massage, Hodge/Podge, Tillies Quilts, Real Deals and Home Decor, Studio Fusion, Central Perk and Dessert, Lilly's Floral and Gifts, Lily Grace on Central, David's Home Furnishings, Vincent House Gift Shop and 2B Trendy. Please call Shari at 576-4527 with questions.
Fort Dodge Area Symphony Concert and Yule Walk
The annual Yule Walk will follow the Fort Dodge Area Symphony Orchestra's concert on Dec. 2. The concert will be held at Phillips Middle School at 3 p.m. Funds raised from the Yule Walk will support the concerts and activities of the FD Area Symphony Orchestra. It will be held from 5 to 7 p.m.
Tickets for the Yule Walk are $15 and can be purchased at CS Bank and Design Two's new downtown location (on the southwest corner of Central Avenue and 12th Street). Tickets will also be available the night of the Yule Walk at Bickford Assisted Living, 1536 20th Avenue North. The following houses and locations will be on the Yule Walk:
Mike and Diana Willerth - 2917 S. Soldier Creek Drive.
Jim and Ann Meyer - 2908 S. Soldier Creek Drive.
Clyde and Diane Knupp - 1515 Floral Ave.
Bickford Assisted Living -1536 20th Ave. N.
Amy Kersten Bruno is community development director for the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance.