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Night of Wine and Roses returns to Depot
Dawn Schultz, left, and Leah Harvey and the Soroptimist International of Billings members will present the 21st annual A Night of Wine and Roses on Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Billings Depot.

A Night of Wine and Roses is an annual fundraising event sponsored by Soroptimist International of Billings. In its 21st year, the auction and wine tasting is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 31, at The Depot, starting at 7 p.m. The event features a tasting of more than 70 quality wines sponsored by Intermountain Distributing Company. Thomas Nelson Catering will provide hors d'oeuvres. There will be a premium cash bar provided by The Rex.

The funds raised by the event this year will benefit various Soroptimist projects and other local charities in Billings and surrounding areas, with an emphasis this year on the culinary program at Passages, a Department of Corrections pre-release center for women. This program provides training to women for future jobs in the food industry.

The event is open to the public through advance ticket sales. Ticket price is $50 per person; VIP reserved tables of 10 are available for $650; and individual reserved seating at tables is $65 per person. Tickets and information may be obtained by calling 294-1948 or online at wineandroses.info.

A silent auction featuring a wide variety of artwork by local artists, jewelry, wines and an assortment of theme baskets will be part of the evening's fun. The works of four local high school students - winners of the 2008 Young Artists Program sponsored by the Soroptimists - are featured in the silent auction. Entries were solicited from Yellowstone County high schools, with the top four winners awarded prizes and their artwork entered in the fundraiser's silent auction. Featured young artists this year include first-place winner Toby Falcon of Senior High, second-place winner Heather Ray of Senior High and third-place winner Erin Buyse of Shepherd High. Also, a $1,000 scholarship was given to art student Lindsay Sanders of Senior High, who was selected on the basis of the essay she submitted with her artwork. Their artwork is also displayed at the Yellowstone Art Museum.

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