St. Anthony goes ‘Back to the ’50s’

St. Anthony of Padua Church, 1010 Ferguson St., in the Ethnic Village neighborhood of south Rockford, invites the community to its fall fund-raiser, “Back to the ’50s.”

The event is Saturday, Sept. 20, and begins with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. There will be $500 in cash prizes (must be present to win), a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. The annual production of the group “Tony’s Tootsies” will entertain again this year. The dinner charge is $25 per person, and tickets are available at St. Anthony Church (965-2761) or Bove’s Auto Garage (962-0412). Costumes from the ’50s are strongly encouraged.

St. Anthony Church, in the revitalizing south Rockford neighborhood, is considered by many to be the symbolic “heart” of the old Italian community. The church’s Memory Garden, sculpture, flowers and commemorative walkways invite visitors from throughout the city of Rockford. Today, the church’s south Rockford neighborhood is called Ethnic Village. Always a melting pot of new Rockford immigrants, south Rockford continues to be a symbol of ethnic and racial harmony and prosperity. Come and enjoy the “Back to the ’50s” party!

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