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Night of Wine and Roses

Jennifer Frank, left, and Linda Roers are organizers of the “Night of Wine and Roses” fundraiser, which is celebrating 24 years of supporting Soroptimist projects in the Billings area.

“A Night of Wine and Roses,” an annual fundraising event sponsored by Soroptimist International of Billings, is set for Jan. 28 at Mercedes-Benz of Billings, 3045 King Ave. W.

Now in its 24th year, the party that features wine tasting and silent and live auctions, has become a premier charitable event in Billings. The party starts at 7 p.m.

A silent auction featuring a variety of artwork by local artists, jewelry, wines, along with an assortment of theme baskets and gift certificates will be part of the evening. Local artists, including Lance Johnson and Dawn Ness, will create art that will be auctioned off later in the evening.

Intermountain Distributing (who has contributed the wine for the past 24 years) is donating more than 60 wines for tasting. The wines presented will also be available for sale at the event. A mix of wines and food pairings by Tom Nelson Catering will be served and a cash bar is available.

The works of five local high school students is featured in the silent auction. Samantha French, Natalie Meyer, Selina Kuchera, Nikita Durney and Ashley Rickman are winners of the 2011-12 Young Artists Program.

New this year are corporate sponsorships, including Intermountain Distributing, Tom Nelson Catering, Gainan’s, Rocky Mountain Bank, First Interstate Bank, First Montana Title Co. and NorthWestern Energy.

The funds raised will benefit various Soroptimist projects and scholarships and other local charities in the Billings area, with an emphasis on the Soroptimist “Bright Eyes” Project in association with the Billings Public Schools Backpack Meals Program. This program provides children, who might otherwise go hungry, with backpacks of nutritional snacks and meals to take home for the weekends and holidays.

The event is open to the public through advanced reservations of $65 per person. Companies or groups that wish to reserve a table for 10 can do so. For tickets or information, call 294-1948 or visit www.sibillings.org/WineAndRoses.

Contact Jaci Webb at 657-1359 or jwebb@billingsgazette.com

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