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Sweethearts Dinner makes a comeback

The annual Sweethearts Dinner is returning Feb. 11 after being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Mill City Lions Club is hosting the event, which features dinner, drawings and a dessert auction.

“Our guests come back year after year and pay ridiculous amounts of money for the desserts made by our Lions and members of the community,” said Steve Dougherty, Lions Club president.

This year, a metal sculpture by local artists Herman Frieden will also be auctioned. Mill City Mayor Tim Kirsch will conduct the auction.

“Our auction winners are generous because we guarantee that 100 percent of the money raised on raffle tickets and desserts goes to local charitable causes,” Dougherty said.

“Last year, we gave out $6,000 in scholarships to Santiam High School seniors.”

Scholarships are just one way the Mill City Lions Club supports the local community. It also provides financial support for eye exams and prescriptions lenses, Mill City Gates Recreation Association, Santiam Canyon Youth Benefit Golf Tournament, Eagles Club Halloween and the Mill City Fire Hall fundraiser.

“We are always looking for new members,” Dougherty said. “We have fun, but our most important function is to be good stewards of the charitable contributions we receive.”

On the menu for this year’s event is chicken cordon bleu, baked potato, vegetable menu, salad, roll and dessert.

Tickets are $15, and must be purchased in advance by calling Dan Lemke at 503-302-7754. All ticket holders will receive six free drawing tickets for a chance to win one of more than a dozen gift baskets.

The Sweethearts Dinner is Feb. 11 at Santiam Junior/Senior High, 300 SW Cedar St., Mill City. Doors open at 6 p.m.

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