CLINTON — What difference can $20,000 make for the YWCA’s mission? That’s the amount raised from last year’s Art Under the Stars event, all of which went toward helping support the association’s victims of violence mission work.
“It truly is entertainment with a purpose,” said Sarah Hood, an organizer and assistant executive director of financial development at the YWCA. “As many organizations in our community do fundraisers, it’s a great way to support a local organization.”
Saturday marks the seventh annual event, where attendants can raise money for a good cause while taking in the work of local artists, Hood said. Hosted at Rastrelli’s Tuscany events center, Hood has tried to bring “something for everyone” to the event.
Then there’s the food. This year it’s a southern barbecue that Hood said will treat attendants to full bellies. Along with wine and beer tastings, live music, a live auction and a silent auction, there are a number of activities Hood hopes people can enjoy.
And the money raised is always dearly appreciated.
“In this day and age when there’s so many people to help out — even though you’re having a wonderful time it’s for a good cause,” she said. “Every little bit helps. Every fundraiser we do goes back to helping our mission.”
Tickets are $50 apiece and can be bought at the YWCA at 317 Seventh Ave. South. Purchases also can be made by calling 242-2110.
The southern style event welcomes western attire.