Organizers are inviting guests to enjoy a “Beach Blizzard On a Deserted Island” on Jan. 31 at the Northern Hotel.

The benefit for Family Promise of Yellowstone Valley features signs of famous past beachcombers from “Gilligan’s’ Island,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Cast Away.”

Beach Blizzard includes dinner, dancing to the music of classic rock band The Midlife Chryslers and silent and live auctions. Beach Blizzard is the primary fundraising event for Family Promise and it is critical to the organization’s annual operational budget.

Beach Blizzard tickets are $1,000 for a table of eight. Individual tickets are $125, and tickets for the Midlife Chryslers dance only, with admission beginning at 9 p.m., are $20.

Principal sponsor is TireRama. All proceeds facilitate Family Promise’s efforts to help Eastern Montana’s most vulnerable and needy families move from homelessness to independence.

In 2014, Beach Blizzard raised more than $85,000, and the Beach Blizzard committee hopes to break that record this year. Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite deserted island or beachcomber attire. The committee is gathering silent and live auction treasures, including an exotic 10-day beach vacation for up to six people at a condominium minutes from the Sea of Cortez on the Baja Peninsula in Mexico. More auction items may be viewed at www.facebook@familypromiseYV.

Family Promise of Yellowstone Valley helps homeless families achieve and sustain independence. Through intensive family case management, parenting classes, life skills groups, nutrition training, budgeting, transitional housing, aftercare services, and referrals to other local Yellowstone Valley resources, the organization helps homeless families move into homes of their own.

Family Promise of Yellowstone Valley is comprised of 25 local congregations that provide for homeless families as they get back on their feet. These resources include available congregational spaces, donated goods, food, friendship, family activities, a safe non-judgmental environment and volunteers.

Visit the Family Promise’s website, www.familypromiseyv.org, to donate or buy tickets.

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Entertainment Reporter

Jaci Webb covers entertainment for The Billings Gazette.