Trunk show extravaganza promises excellent loot
By Jessica Tuggle
VERO BEACH - Landlubbers are invited to enjoy a night of pirate-y fun, games and shopping, all to benefit two local nonprofits.
Rather than sailing about on the Treasure Coast to plunder and pillage, the Friends of Vero hope a party will bring county residents out to help support Harvest Food and Outreach and Riverside Theatre during "Treasure Nights," a trunk show extravaganza.
The event will be held at Riverside Theatre on Oct. 18 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friends of Vero is a group of five women of diverse professional backgrounds who have come together for philanthropy. Friends of Vero is not yet a 501c3 nonprofit, so the funds the organization raises will be directed by the Indian River Community Foundation, said Georgia Irish, organization spokeswoman.
Event attendees will receive a treasure map outlining all the venues, including casino tables, a cigar bar, vendor tables, hole-in-one golf and more.
In addition to purchasing tickets to enter, participants are encouraged to bring nonperishable items, such as canned food, to the event to "fill the trunk" for Harvest Food and Outreach Center, Ms. Irish said.
At the event, each ticket holder will be entered into a drawing for a getaway weekend from Springhill Suites, and canned food items will earn guests a raffle ticket and the chance to earn door prizes, she said.
The inaugural fundraiser will include food vendors serving a lot more than bread and water.
Food and live music will be the accompaniment to the cash bar, there will be swag bag giveaways, booths with clothes, jewelry and even some Christmas items.
"There's going to be a little bit of everything," Ms. Irish said.
A silent auction will also be held during the event.
"This is going to be a fun-raiser, not just a fundraiser," Ms. Irish said.
All of the money raised at the event will go toward the two nonprofits, she said.
Advance tickets are $15 per person and are available at Marine Bank and Trust locations in the county, Riverside Theatre and at SpringHill Suites Marriott in Vero Beach. Tickets are $20 at the door.
For more information about the extravaganza, call Ms. Irish at (772) 231-8207 or visit www.marinebankandtrust.com/community.aspx.