As of Saturday, February 8, 2014
The Dalles will celebrate A Sweet Farewell to the Armory with a dinner, dance and auctions at the armory on Saturday, Feb. 15, starting at 5 p.m.
Tickets are available in advance at Northwest Mutual and Optimist Printers for a reduced price, and at the door for full price. Dinner starts at 5 p.m. and the auction at 7.
The event is a fundraiser for the Family Readiness Committee and the Fort Dalles Fourth Committee.
The event will include dancing with music from all the decades since the armory was built in 1953. It will also feature a spaghetti dinner for up to 220 people, and silent dessert auction as well as a live auction. Among the items being auctioned are reproductions of photos from the armory, including the one of the 1898 Oregon Riflemen.
The top armory prize features a New Orleans trip and tickets to the National World War II Museum there. A women’s golf driver, prime rib dinner and 18 holes of golf are being offered from The Dalles Country Club.
Donations from Safeway and Grocery Outlet will help make dinner possible.
Guests at the event will also have the chance to win a round in the trailer that simulates tank practice. “We’re still fielding more items,” said Doug Kirchhofer, one of the event’s planners. Guests can also bid on 15 gourmet dessert items that they can share with their table or take home for themselves.
Money raised at the event will help the Fort Dalles Fourth Committee determine whether they can afford to move forward with a fireworks display this year, or will have to continue fundraising for a 2015 event.
While local officials have been noncommittal about the event, Kirchhofer says it has garnered a lot of fans among the public.
“People from Idaho and Washington are planning on being here if it happens,” he said. “One of the people helping has already got a party of 20 from out of town coming to celebrate the day here.”
“The average people who are getting really excited about it aren’t in the political realm,” said Carol Roderick of the Veterans Ad Hoc Committee, who is also helping to plan the event. “We need to honor our veterans and it’s about time we recognize the Fourth of July.”
Money raised for the Family Readiness Committee will be used to help with the annual Christmas party and for needs throughout the year, Roderick said.