Rotary Holiday Dinner Dance set for Saturday<br>

Silent auction items include a stay on a houseboat at Lake Powell and dinner for up to eight people prepared in your home by El Tovar chef Joe Nobile.

Among the raffle prizes are two nights at the Phoenican Resort with golf included, a bowling party for six at the Squire, a handcrafted Hopi silver necklace, socks and sweater handknitted by Rotarian Judy Hellmich, a Bruce Aikin print and more. The prize list also includes framed art and photographs, hotel stays, tours, meals and gift cards. Raffle tickets are $2 each or three for $5. You don’t have to be present to win.

The Dinner Dance is the Rotary’s biggest event of the year to raise funds for community needs. According to last year’s Rotary president Ellen Seeley, the club collected more than $9,000 at last year’s Dinner Dance. Those funds have gone out in the form of scholarships, community grants, donations to school programs like Artist in Residence and other local needs.

Raffle and dinner tickets will be on sale up until the day of the event and at the door. Contact a Rotarian, or look for the Dinner Dance table at the Market Plaza General Store. You can also call Rachel Stanton at 638-8275.

The tradition of the holiday gala goes back at least as far as 40 years, when the annual event was organized by the Hospital Women’s Auxiliary. At that time, El Tovar was closed for the season but reopened to accomodate the dance. When Grand Canyon Hospital closed, the Rotary took over and continued the tradition. In years past, the event has also been held at Yavapai and Moqui Lodges.

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