The Kiwanis Noon-Day Club of Gallup is rolling out the red carpet at El Rancho on Friday, August 24. The “Home of the Movie Stars” is the venue for the first annual Hollywood Night, a fundraising event sponsored by Kiwanis. And though celebrities will not be coming from L.A. for this event, Gallup’s own community members are invited to attend, dressed in their favorite celebrity garb.
Kiwanis is a global organization committed to changing the world through service to children and communities. Around the world Kiwanis members help shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, mentor the disadvantaged, and care for the sick. They develop youth as leaders, build playgrounds, raise funds for pediatric research, and much more.
Kiwanis Noon-Day Club has sponsored other fundraising events throughout the years, including flower sales, car washes, and the very successful Superbowl Sunday Pancake Breakfast. However, Hollywood Night is the biggest event the club has planned in some time. Planning committee chair, Brett Newberry, says, “We’re trying to bring in more money doing fewer things.” While a specific project has not been identified yet, Newberry says that they’re hoping to net $10,000 through this event in order to benefit local, youth-related programs.
Gallup, this is your time to shine! Hollywood Night promises to be an evening of glamorous fun, all for a good cause. The event begins at 7:00 pm and attendees are encouraged to arrive at El Rancho clad in Hollywood-themed attire – anything from a favorite celebrity to a movie character. Gallup’s own will walk the red carpet, surrounded by lights, and “paparazzi.” The amusement continues inside with disposable cameras and autograph books, appetizers, a cash bar, a raffle, and a costume contest. Dinner music will be performed by On Call Jazz and, later, Over the Limit will set the stage for dancing from 9:00 pm to midnight. Spectacular raffle prizes, donated by local businesses, include an iPad, movie tickets for a year, a chainsaw, and much more. The grand prize is a package for two that includes a day in Albuquerque, touring a movie studio with the chance to meet some stars, dinner at El Pinto restaurant, and a night at a hotel. Kiwanis Noon-Day president, Nate Haveman, is confident that the event will be a great fundraiser, but adds, “We want it to be really fun for those involved – an event that sets the bar as a first annual event.”
Tickets are now on sale, $50 per person or $75 per couple. Kiwanis would love to fill El Rancho to its capacity. Corporate sponsorships are also available; $300 includes 4 tickets and name recognition at the event. Tickets are available at all three Pinnacle Bank locations. For questions about Hollywood Night, please call Newberry & Associates at 722-6633, Gallup Journey at 722-3399 or Alec Robinson at Pinnacle Bank at 722-0300.
Corporate Sponsors include:
Berg Chiropractic, Castle Furniture, Clear Channel, Elite Laundry, Ellis Tanner, Fleisher Consulting, Gallup Dental, Gallup Journey, Gallup Vision Source, Jerry’s Café, Keeler & Keeler, Patty Lundstrom, Newberry & Associates, Pinnacle Bank, Matejka Ray, Murphy Builders, R&M Furniture, Richardson’s Trading, Rio West Mall, Roseberough Law Firm, Silver Dust Trading, SWIF, Virtue, Najar and Brown, Zimmermans/City Electric