Rockford MELD is holding its 9th Annual Fall Celebration Building Strong Families…Together from 6 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Sept. 25, at Giovannis Restaurant, 610 N. Bell School Rd. Cost of the event is $50 per person or $500 for a table of 10. The evening includes dinner, dancing to the Pete Fleming Orchestra from Chicago, silent and live auction, a designer bird house auction, a trip/cash raffle and, available for the first time, a MELD 2005 calendar featuring a collection of artwork of local artist Ingrid Dohm.
The raffle is for a trip for two to Florence, Italy, five days and four nightstwo nights in city center of Florence four-star hotel and two nights at a private villa in Tuscany. The trip includes a private tour of Cortona, where Under the Tuscan Sun was filmed, a private tour in Chianti, gourmet dining, and $1,000 spending money. Trip value is $7,000 or cash in lieu of trip. Second prize is $2,000 and third prize is $1,000. Raffle drawing will be held at the event. Winner need not be present to win. Raffle tickets are $10 each or six for $50 and are available at La Mendola at Edgebrook, Grunos Diamonds, PepperCreek Flowers on Harrison Avenue, and the MELD office, 428 N. First St.
Rockford MELDs mission is to encourage independent families by providing access to resources, life skills, parenting information, program-based housing and prevention education. MELD provides programs and services for young fathers and mothers, their children and youth in our community.
All proceeds from the event will benefit MELD programs and services. Info: 965-8336, ext. 10.