Dinner begins annual drive

‘Black Tie to Tie Dye’ fundraiser set March 2

Valley Outreach logoTwin Cities television and radio personality Lee Valsvik hosts Valley Outreach’s 10th Annual “Black Tie to Tie Dye” fundraiser March 2 that kicks off March FoodShare Month, agency officials announced.

The dinner, dance and silent auction will be held in the Imation Corp. Discovery Room in Oakdale, according to Valley Outreach Deputy Director Sally Anderson,
“Over the years, the growing attendance at the annual fundraiser necessitated a move to a larger venue,” said agency Executive Director Christine Tubbs. “We are thrilled to be the first non-profit using the Imation world headquarters Discovery Room. The gorgeous two-story space is ideal for our large and supportive crowd, and our guests will dine on a spectacular meal catered by The Lake Elmo Inn.”

Along with silent auction items, guests can enter a raffle for an all-inclusive stay at an Alaskan fishing lodge, Tubbs said.

After dinner, guests can dance to music by the St. Croix Jazz Orchestra. A cash bar is available during the event and attire is casual to dressy.

Tickets to the dinner and dance are $75, with $30 tax deductible. Tickets to the dance only are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Visit www.valleyoutreach.org to buy tickets.

Black Tie to Tie Dye helps Valley Outreach begin a monthlong effort in March to raise financial support to restock the agency’s food shelf. Valley Outreach officials said the agency has seen a 64 percent increase in requests for food shelf services.
Valley Outreach invites area schools and organizations to participate in March FoodShare Month by creating their own food and fund drives.

Valley Outreach is accepting financial donations in the form of gifts or sponsorships and auction items for their fundraiser. Auction items are accepted through Feb. 15. Donors should call Ann Leegard at 651-342-5559 for donation ideas or to arrange delivery of items.

Event proceeds benefit Valley Outreach. The agency provides food and clothing to those in need in the St. Croix Valley.