Rotary on the Rim annual Dinner Dance Dec. 7

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - The biggest night of the year is almost here.

On Dec. 7, the Grand Canyon Rotary Club will put on its annual Holiday Dinner Dance at the El Tovar Hotel and tickets are now available. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Organizers are fashioning the evening of dinner, dancing and raffles after Currier and Ives famous Americana Christmas scenes.

"We're encouraging people to dress in old fashioned attire," Rotarian Clarinda Vail said. "Very classic."

Renowned El Tovar chef Matt McTigue and his staff will be concocting a delicious three-course meal, just for the evening and The Spokes, a local Flagstaff band ,will provide the musical entertainment.

"They play classic rock and I'm sure they'll play some Christmas tunes," Vail said. "We're so excited they're coming this year."

This year Rotary is selling raffle tickets for cash prizes ranging from $100 to $5,000. The tickets are $20 each and can be purchased from any Rotarian. Only 1,000 tickets are available for purchase.

Not only does Rotary play host to the holiday dinner dance, the service club also organizes community cleanups, an Easter egg hunt, a chili cook-off, community grants, scholarships and a community member of the year award.

The annual event is a major fundraising effort for Grand Canyon's Rotary on the Rim. Proceeds will go toward local community grants, service projects and scholarships for students pursuing post-secondary learning.

Attendees from out of town can take advantage of special Dinner Dance room rates at the Red Feather Lodge in Tusayan and can book a room by calling Trish Samples at (928) 638-7007.

Dinner tickets are $50 and may be purchased by contacting Yvonne Trujillo at gcrotaryclub@netzero.net or by calling Julie Aldaz at (928) 638-7004. Tickets are also available online at http://gcrotaryholidaydinnerdance2013.eventbrite.com.

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