Winter’s Eve Helping Kids

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CORVALLIS, Ore. – Winter’s Eve Corvallis is kicking off Friday night in downtown Corvallis, and organizers say the festivities are all for a good cause.

Assistance League Corvallis is preparing for the annual event, which it says is a fun way to kick off the holiday season. Madison Avenue downtown will close off between Second and Third Streets, a heated tent is going up, and restaurants and caterers will be offering food samples. Ticket-holders will each get a free glass of beer, a glass of wine, and a glass of champagne too.

Assistance League says it will be a festive atmosphere.

“We have snowflakes this year projected on the ceiling of the tent,” said member Ginny Adams. “I think that’s going to be really pretty.”

But the event is not just about the party. It is a fundraiser for the Assistance League programs.

“Operation School Bell is our biggest and our most expensive program,” Adams said. “We give new clothes to kids at Benton County schools. Anywhere from kindergarten through twelfth grade.”

Adams says every school year, Assistance League clothes over 700 students in Benton County.

“I think it really is surprising to people in a community like Corvallis to learn the number of kids who really don’t have appropriate clothing for school,” she said. “We live in a community that in general is very well-to-do. But there’s sort of a hidden population that a lot of people aren’t aware of.”

The proceeds from Winter’s Eve will help fund all Assistance League programs. Besides Operation School Bell, the organization helps supply kids in emergencies with teddy bears and is involved in other programs as well.

“The fundraising events are fun and great and all that, but this is why we’re here,” Adams said. “This is why we’re doing what we do. It’s pretty heartbreaking but heartwarming to help those kids at the same time.”

Winter’s Eve goes from 5-10 pm Friday evening. Eight-hundred tickets are available, but Adams says they have sold out in the past. Tickets are $40 in advance; $45 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Rice’s Pharmacy, the Clothes Tree, Wine Styles, Schmidt’s Garden Center, and the Inkwell.

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