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Table of Friends takes on 1920s theme in fifth year

Families First, a program of The Next Door, is hosting its fifth annual Table of Friends event Friday, May 2, at The Mint.

With a ritzy 1920s theme, the dinner event and dessert auction will be from 6 to 9 p.m. This popular event directly supports Families First and their vital role in helping local families and children thrive.

Hundreds of local families and children benefit from the services provided by Families First. However, last year more than 50 families were turned away due to lack of funding, making this event particularly important this year.

“What makes this event work is having generous individuals or businesses host a table for their friends,” said Julie Ryan, Families First supervisor. “When you’re a host, you are providing tickets to seven of your friends, colleagues, clients or family members to attend this very special event. We also love to have singles, couples or small groups attend, too. It’s inevitable you’ll see friends and people from the community that you know.”

Food will be provided by Anzac Tea Parlor. Live music for the evening will be performed by the Hood River Quintet, a little band with a big band sound, made up of professional local musicians. With this year’s 1920s theme, guests are encouraged to dress up, dance, and expect to have a really good time.

Over $18,000 was raised during last year’s event. Most of which was generated from the dessert auction, which received exuberant help from everyone bidding on irresistible desserts created by local bakers.

During the dessert auction, tables of attendees bid together to win fabulous, custom-made desserts. Tickets may be purchased at Klindt’s Booksellers or by calling The Next Door at: 541-296-8118.

If you’d like more information about this event, go to the Table of Friends Facebook page, or contact call Ida Arbo, event coordinator, by phone at 541-296-8118 Ext. 200, or by email idaa@nextdoorinc.org.

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