Irish Pre-Party: Everyone’s invited


For years, the Irish Gala raised funds for the Maple Lake Chamber of Commerce and the events it sponsors.
The fundraiser is getting a makeover as the Irish Pre-Party, which will take place starting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Maple Lake American Legion Club.
“I think people were confused about what gala meant and thought it was only for chamber members,” said Carrie Parchem, who’s chairing the event. “It’s an open fundraiser; come out and attend. ‘Let’s make some green’ is the tag line. We want it to be a fun, Irish night out.”
The fun will start with a social hour and the beginning of the silent auction at 5:30 p.m. Dinner, catered by The V by HH, will be served at 6:30 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., the silent auction will close and entertainment by comic ventriloquist David Malmberg will begin. The night will conclude at 8:30 p.m., with the presentation of awards to Grand Marshal Greg Thomes, Aquatennial Commodore Award winner Daryl Hennen, the Maple Lake Business of the Year winner and the Maple Lake Chamber Member of the Year winner.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.