Jamestown Rotary Ball And Fundraiser Set For Feb. 1

MAYVILLE – It’s about to get steamy in Mayville thanks to the Fire and Ice Ball.

The Rotary Club of Jamestown is set to host its first ever Fire and Ice Ball, which is set to feature an evening of dining, music, dancing, auctions and drawings. The event is open to the public, and is set for 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1 at Chautauqua Suites.

In addition to dinner and live music by The Untouchables, the main feature of the evening will be the drawings for two high-end items: a pair of $900 diamond earrings and two bottles of Remy Martin cognac valued at nearly $3,000.

According to Lisa Yaggie, former president of the Rotary, the name of the ball, “Fire And Ice,” was inspired by the cognac and diamonds.

“The cognac is fire, and the ice is diamonds,” Yaggie said. “We’re hoping to reinvent our annual fundraiser because our traditional auction we held in March was held for the last time. So, we’re starting off this year with the Fire and Ice Ball, which we think is a fun new concept that will involve the community in a more exciting atmosphere. It gives people a chance to dress up, dance, eat and enjoy the night out with each other.”

“It’s different,” added Rotary member Lisa Goodell. “Some of the members are big people in the community, so to see them at this event offers a much more personal level than elsewhere.”

The cognac was donated by longtime Rotarians Jim and Sue Abdella. The bottles are fine champagne cognac. The first prize in the fire auction is a bottle of Louis XIII de Remy Martin Cognac, which according to Yaggie retails for nearly $2,800. The second prize is a bottle of Remy Martin XO Special Cognac, which according to Yaggie retails for $180. Tickets to the fire auction are $10 per chance, or $25 for three.

The ice portion of the auction will feature 150 pairs of cubic zirconia earrings that were donated by the International Gem and Jewelry Show, and one pair of 14 karat, six-prong mounted diamond-earrings that match the appearance of the cubic zirconias. The diamond earrings were donated by Gaylene Lindell, of Gaylene’s Jewelry of Jamestown. Only 150 tickets will be sold for the ice auction, and they are $20 each.

“As a Kiwanis Club member we do a lot of fundraisers as well, and we know the value of community service and giving back,” Lindell said. “Our goals, and our morals, are very close in that we believe in educating kids, making them better people and helping communities – so for me it’s a way to continue my service to the community by partnering with another organization.”

Discounted room prices will be available to those who wish to stay at the Chautauqua Suites for the evening. To make reservations, call 269-7829. Tickets to the Fire and Ice Ball are $50, and are available through any Rotarian, or by calling Michelle Jones at 338-4048.

OFFERING SUPPORT

Being that the Fire and Ice Ball is a fundraiser, the evening will give area residents many opportunities to offer support to the Rotary.

“We’ve decided to give people a variety of ways of contributing throughout the evening to help our projects,” Yaggie said. “This community is one of the most generous I’ve seen. We couldn’t do what we do without the business owners and the people in this community – they have our heartfelt thanks.”

In addition to the fire and ice events, there will also be a silent auction table with larger valued items such as a large basket donated by Southern Tier Brewing Company, a week’s stay at a Hilton Head condominium and a Vera Bradley bag.

Chautauqua Suites has also come up with a special martini for the ball, which is called a “Firetini.” A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the drink will directly benefit the Jamestown Rotary Club.

To help make the evening more memorable, Rob Sigler, of Click Photo Studios, will be available to take “red carpet” style photographs. The photos may be purchased on-site, but will be delivered to patron’s homes at a later date. Proceeds from the sales of the photos will serve the Rotary.

SERVING THE COMMUNITY

The event is a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Jamestown, which in turn uses the proceeds to offer services to the community and internationally.

“What we do is serve the community, and what we do is take the funds that we raise and give it back either locally or internationally,” Goodell said. “To me, that was the attraction of being a part of the Rotary – I love the service and giving back part of it. More than that though, I have made so many friends and contacts in the community.”

According to Becky Robbins, Rotary member, examples of projects and organizations that past Rotary fundraisers have supported include: the Jamestown Veterans Park, Jamestown Community College, WCA Hospital, literacy in local schools, Salvation Army bell ringing and lake cleanup.

On the other hand, Yaggie has been involved more with the international portion of the club, which has helped bring water wells to Haiti, shelter boxes for natural disasters, provided playground enhancements and blackboards for a school in Cambodia and micro loans for women in Nepal.

“My passion is youth exchange, and so we’ve had a long history in our club of supporting youth exchange students,” Yaggie said. “But, what I enjoy most about the club is the fellowship – it’s a great club to be part of.”

For more information, call Becky Robbins at 661-1680.