Dress the Child is looking for chefs, volunteers and donors for the October 23 event at Amador Live
The need is the same, but the event and location are different, as Dress the Child of Las Cruces is hosting an all-new fundraiser that’s bigger and better than ever. Chefs, sponsors, volunteers and ticket buyers are encouraged to support the program, which provides new clothes and shoes to children in need.
The 2022 Dress the Child event, “Yacht Party,” will begin with cocktails at 5 p.m. and food service beginning at 6 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 at Amador Live, 302 S. Main St.
“After two years without fundraising due to the pandemic, we are thrilled to be back with our community and enjoy a Dress the Child event that we hope will be the biggest and best yet,” said the longtime Dress the Child coordinator. and senior account manager for Conterra Networks in Las Cruces Doug Boberg.
Instead of a sit-down dinner, the 2022 Yacht Party will feature food stations in the Amador Live outdoor space, as well as a table and chairs, a live band, auctions and a few other surprises, said the chef Vince Campbell and the Doña Ana Community College Culinary. Arts Program Instructor Tom Drake, co-chairs of this year’s event.
“The Amador is honored to host this year’s event and to be part of such a long tradition,” said Max Bower, owner of Amador Live.
Tickets for the event are $500 for a table of four and $75 to $100 for individual tickets depending on where you are seated in the outdoor area of Amador Live, said Matt Holt, attorney for Las Cruces and co-chair of Dress the Child.
The Dress the Child program was started by the late Doug Raines in 1984 and is sponsored by the Rio Grande Rotary Foundation. Dress the Child is working with Las Cruces Public Schools and the Gadsden Independent School District to provide new clothes and shoes to children in need, many of whom have never had new clothes, Boberg said.
In December, volunteers will take the children and a parent shopping at a local store. Each child will have $100 to spend on clothes, and participating stores have always added more to that total, he said.
Yacht Party event coordinators Campbell and Drake are looking for other restaurants and chefs to join in the festivities. Event sponsors are also welcome and tickets are already on sale.
The Dress the Child program provided clothing to 15 needy children in 1984. In 2014, the program provided clothing to over 450 children. It provided clothes for 466 children in 2015, 487 in 2016, 581 in 2017 and 627 in 2018 and ___ in 2019. The numbers dropped to 300 in 2020 and 150 in 2021 due to COVID-19, Boberg said.
To participate in Yacht Party, be a sponsor or purchase tickets, and for more information, contact Boberg at 575-644-9469 and [email protected]
Holt at 575-993-2331 and [email protected]
You can donate any amount to the program. Mail your check to LCRGRF Dress the Child, PO Box 550, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88004. Or, checks can be delivered to First New Mexico Bank at the corner of Lohman Avenue and Nacho Drive and delivered to Julie Koenig.