‘Evening Under the Stars’ returns

‘Evening Under the Stars’ returnsBy REBECCA NEIPP

News Review Staff Writer

Local philanthropists will once again have an opportunity to make dreams come true at the “Evening Under the Stars” — Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Foundation’s annual fund-raiser that combines mystery and fun for a good cause.

A medieval-themed dinner and auction sees guests, attired in period-appropriate costume, meet up at the Desert Valleys Credit Union community room at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14. Guests have a glass of bubbly while they wait to be transported to the mystery venue of the gala event.

The theme continues with the decorations, food and entertainment at the main event.

“It’s kind of a ‘Fall in Camelot’ feel,” said Kim Metcalf, foundation director and event coordinator. “Our guests will see an eclectic mix of medieval and Renaissance.”

The heart of the event is the auction, with unique items this year including a Polynesian dinner for 20 at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Hughes, a Wild West dinner for 16 at the home of Peter and Debbie Brown, wine-tasting and tapas donated by Griffin Winery and an original painting by Eileen Shibley.

“Even this year’s wine, from Tooth and Nail Winery, is theme-appropriate,” said Metcalf. “Their winery is a castle.”

All proceeds will help raise money for a Hospice House — which has so far gathered some $260,000 toward the $300,000 goal. “I am hoping between this event and a few other regular donations we have coming we will be able to meet that goal and close out the campaign,” said Metcalf.

The Hospice House will provide a venue for palliative care patients who need the comfort of a home-style setting, surrounded by friends and loved ones, in their final stages of life.

Only about 30 tickets are left, said Metcalf, who encouraged interested supporters to contact her at 760-499-3955 for more information.

Pictured: Jayde Glenn, Michelle Lemke and Breanne Davis at last year’s wine gala — Courtesy photo

Story First Published: 2019-08-30