Pride fund-raiser Thursday at Mel Price Dam
ALTON, Oct 08, 2012 (Menafn - The Telegraph - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --This year, Pride Inc.'s second annual Party At The Dam honors trees after the long drought this summer.
Pride Inc.'s organizers designated funds raised at this year's Party At The Dam to go to the group's Street Tree program to plant trees to replace those damaged or killed by the drought.
A more than 45-year-old nonprofit organization, Pride Inc. is known for its efforts to improve the community through beautification projects.
The Street Tree program is responsible for the crabapple trees on Washington Avenue and planting trees in city parks in Alton. The late Dr. Gordon Moore, for whom Alton's biggest park on Illinois Route 140 is named, started the tree planting program.
Party At The Dam starts at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Melvin Price Locks and Dam in Alton on Illinois Route 143 (River Heritage Parkway). Dinner will be served al fresco on the back patio of the National Great Rivers Museum. Tickets cost 45 per person. The event will have a cash bar.
Pride Inc. members Brenda Eardley and Donna Bemis came up with the idea to have the fund-raiser dinner outside at the dam.
"We wanted to do something different," explained Eardley, whose neighbor is a lockmaster at the dam. "It's a beautiful space."
The Alton High School orchestra will provide entertainment when the party starts at 6 p.m. with appetizers. Then, the all-female band of River Bend musicians, Typsy Gypsy, will be the main entertainment after dinner, which is catered by Mac Lenhardt of Mac's Time Out in Alton.
To purchase tickets for Party At The Dam, call (618) 467-2375.
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