Emmaus fundraiser includes car show, haunted house, auctions

10/29/2009

By SHAJIA AHMAD

By SHAJIA AHMAD

sahmad@gctelegram.com

The Emmaus House's 7th annual Car Show, Dinner and Auction kicks off Friday in an effort to raise funds for the shelter that serves food and housing needs for hundreds in the community.

Lorine Hewson, who works for the Emmaus House, said the annual fundraiser has generated so much interest from car owners, the Finney County Exhibition Building already is brimming with vehicles.

The car show opens with a trick-or-treating session for families. Parents can bring children to get treats from car owners and vendors from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Exhibition Building. The program is free and open to children 12 and younger.

A haunted house maze also will be set up in the West Pavilion the same night. There is a $1 entry fee that can be waived for a canned food donation. It will run 6 to 11 p.m. The hanted house will move to Lakin Saturday, where it will run from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Lakin Recreation Commission.

The car show continues on from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Early Christmas shoppers can take advantage of a silent auction at the Exhibition Building that begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m. Guests can bid on "just a little bit of everything," Hewson said.

A live auction also begins at 7 p.m. Saturday in the West Pavilion at the fairgrounds, and there is no bidding entry fee. Some of the items in the live auction include a 2500 PSI gas washer, an octagon gazebo, a Fogata fire pit and several vehicles, including a Mercedes Benz and Chevrolet Corvair.

The Emmaus House's volunteer committee will be hosting a steak dinner from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 per person and $18 for a couple. Children 12 and younger can purchase a dinner ticket for $5.

The following programs also will take place on Sunday: car show, 11 a.m.; award ceremony begins, noon; drawings for 2009 Trailmaster 20' car trailer and 1995 Corvette Convertible. The organization will take $10 donations for tickets to win the Corvette and $20 donations for tickets to win the Trailmaster until 12:55 p.m. Sunday. All proceeds go to benefit the homeless shelter and its food pantry and soup kitchen. For more information, call 272-2008.

Other events this weekend:

*"Lucky Stiff" — an offbeat musical murder mystery about a shoe salesman forced to take the corpse of his murdered Atlantic City uncle on a vacation to Monte Carlo in order to inherit $6 million — will open 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Pauline Joyce Fine Arts Building auditorium at Garden City Community College. Other shows will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5, 6, and 7. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. Tickets are available at the auditorium box office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and one hour before each show. For more information, call 275-3244 or 276-0401.

* The Garden City Police Department Student Police Academy is designed to familiarize students with the police department and the criminal justice system and will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Law Enforcement Center, 304 N. Ninth St. The academy provides students with an opportunity to interact with police officers so they will better understand the role of the police in keeping their community safe, as well as their own role in the community. Session topics include vehicle stops, DUI, defensive tactics, underage drinking, S.W.A.T., police motorcycle operations, police K-9 and the department structure. The academy is open to high school students and middle school students who reside in or attend schools in Garden City. For more information, call the GCPD 276-1300.

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