What started as a 40th anniversary celebration for Chehalem Youth and Family Services has become an annual fundraiser, and a popular one at that.
It was so popular they decided to do it again (after the success of the 2010 celebration), said Lori Anderson, CYFS marketing director.
Now in its fourth year, Rubies and Roses is a red carpet event featuring popular local businesses, including The Rogue Gourmet Catering Company, Argyle Winery, Artisanal Wine Cellars and Chehalem Valley Brewing. But perhaps the most popular item comes from Ken and Daughter Jewelers.
They also keep outdoing themselves, Anderson said. The first time, they donated a pair of ruby and diamond earrings valued at $800 and then last year they donated a ruby and diamond necklace valued at $1,100. This year they bought a ruby and are creating a necklace valued at $2,000.
She said the donated piece of jewelry is won through mystery boxes available for guests to purchase. This, among other revenue sources of the night, grossed $28,000 for CYFS last year.
I would love to raise that amount again, Anderson said.
This years event will feature music from Jack Quinby, who has performed with Bob Hope, The Temptations, The Moody Blues and The Manhattan Transfer.
Its a wonderful evening, Anderson said.
Tickets for Saturdays event are $45 and there will also be silent and oral auctions for guests to enjoy.
The reason to come, for me, is its a celebration of not just CYFS but a celebration of our amazing community coming together, Anderson said.
For more information, visit www.cyfs.net.