Moon Cruise set for Nov. 10
This year’s 10th Annual Clearwater Valley Hospital Foundation Harvest Moon Cruise friendraiser will celebrate CVHC’s 50th Anniversary. The theme for the Saturday, November 10th event is Golden Jubilee: 50 Years of Caring. This year’s buffet dinner will be catered by the Edge, the floor show will feature songs from 50 years of Broadway, the Funny Money Casino will once again be in full swing, the no host bar will be run by the VFW and the dance band from Sandpoint will play danceable music from all eras. The event is held in the Armory on Highway 12 in Orofino. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. CVHC and SMHC are both members of the Benedictine Health System.
“We’re celebrating two anniversaries, the tenth year of the Cruise and the 50th year for the hospital so this year’s event will be even more fun than usual,” said Jeanette Gorman, CVHC Community Relations Coordinator. “Our decorating committee will be using yards and yards of tulle to create a light, celebratory feeling for our guests. There’ll be lots of gold and lots of gorgeous decorations and plenty of fun.”
Kelsey Grafton from the Lewiston Civic Theater has worked up a selection of songs and dialogue for the 30 minute floor show that is guaranteed to have audience members humming along. She’ll open with “All That Jazz” from the musical, ‘Chicago.’ Grafton played Velma Kelly, a lead role, in the Lewiston Civic Theater’s production. She started singing while a student at Lewiston High School performing, “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” from Fiddler on the Roof.
“I have always enjoyed singing. I like combining the performance aspect with songs and music to create a whole character for the stage,” said Grafton. “Creating a Broadway revue for the Harvest Moon Cruise is both a challenge and a joy. I’ll be doing my costume changes right on stage using props like hats and jewels to develop the character from the Broadway stage before I sing their song. I’ll be doing songs that everyone will recognize and remember.”
Grafton has also performed in the LCT’s productions of ‘Company’, ‘Cats’, ‘Into the Woods’ and ‘Grease’. Closing the evening’s floor show will be Dr. Michael Meza crooning a special tune or two.
The John Kelley Trio from Sandpoint will be providing dance music from 9:30 to midnight. They play everything from rock and roll, to blues to reggae and some original work. John Kelley will also play light dinner music during the dinner.
Advance tickets are ten dollars less than at the door. The advance price is $35 per person or $60 per couple. Tickets can be reserved by calling CVHC, 476-4555 or purchased at Johnson’s Jewelers (Kamiah and Orofino); CVHC; the Kooskia and Pioneer Medical Clinics and other locations.
Tables with reserved seating are also available. For six people the cost is $350 with $140 being tax deductible and for ten people at $550 with $200 being tax deductible.
Tickets are available at the St. Mary’s Hospital Clinic Reception desk.