Traverse City Record-Eagle

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February 14, 2014

Local 'celebs' go head-to-head in Valentine's Day 'fun'raiser


He said attendees of the event may come for the cause but they'll likely stay for the fun. Each room will boast live music and interactive entertainment that complement its overall theme, such as a hula hoop contest and jazz piano performances by David Chown in the Warrens' '60s-style "Mad Men" room. Local meteorologist Joe Charlevoix's nautical-theme room will include a green screen against which attendees can try their luck at "forecasting" area wind, waves and other weather.

Besides Northern Latitudes Distillery's Mackinac Island Fudge Liqueur and Apollo Horseradish Vodka at Charlie's Bar, food and libations include wine from Black Star Farms, craft beer from Right Brain Brewery, chocolates from Grocer's Daughter Chocolates, salsa and hummus from Natural Northern Foods, smoked meats from Deering's Market & Deli, olive twists from Amical and pesto cheese torta from Hooper's Farm Gardens.

Then there's the Chairs for Children silent auction of one-of-a-kind upholstered chairs painted by area fine artists Kaye Krapohl, Jenny Prahl, Lisa Schulte, Rufus Snoddy and Paul Welch, door prizes and, of course, voting to give your favorite designer couple bragging rights for a year.

"You can buy as many poker chips as you can hold for 50 bucks and vote for your favorite dream rooms," said Gina Aranki, marketing and public relations director for Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan. Just toss one or more chips at $1 each, singly into jars located at the entrance of each room.

Aranki calls the come-as-you-are fundraiser an ideal Valentine's Day "date night" to help raise money for the agency's Elements program, which provides independent living skills for youth from ages 14 to 21 who are preparing to transition out of foster care.

"It's really got it all, from food and music to the elements of style, from decor, colors and textures," she said. "There's all of that feast for the senses going on, but it's also fairly casual. You don't have to dress to the nines for this."

Tickets are $25 each or $40 for two at or at the door. Golden-Fowler will donate a can of vegetables to the Father Fred Foundation Frostbite Food Drive for every admission.

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