Highland News Leader

Highland area fundraisers for the week of March 12

First Baptist Church ‘Very Blessed Spaghetti’ Dinner

The Board of Christian Education of Highland First Baptist Church, in conjunction with the FBC “Foundations” Youth Group, will hold their second annual VBS, a.k.a. “Very Blessed Spaghetti,” Dinner and Silent Auction on Saturday evening, March 14. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for diners to have time to check out the many silent auction items and start making bids before dinner starts at 6 p.m. The sit-down dinner, which will be served by the CE board members and youth, will feature spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, garlic toast, dessert and beverage.

Silent auction items — ranging from a variety of gift baskets to gift certificates, hand-made items, free lunch and dinner offers, and tickets to sporting events — will be on display and open for bidding from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $7 for adults; $4 for children ages 6-12; and children under 5 eat free. Tickets may be purchased at the door the night of the event.

Proceeds from the dinner and silent auction will support a number of youth programs which Highland First Baptist offers to the general public.

Highland First Baptist Church is located at 2709 Poplar St. For more information, call 654-4145 or email at fbcoffice@fbchighland.org.

Highland Animal Shelter bowling tournament

A Scotch doubles bowling tournament to benefit the Highland Animal Shelter will be held on Saturday, March 14 at Hi Top Bowl in Highland. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m., and bowling starts at 7 p.m. Cost for three games is $20 per bowler, shoes included. This event is family friendly. Youth bowlers are welcome. Cost for bowlers age 14 and under is $15 per bowler; no bumpers. There will be cash and attendance prizes. For reservations, call Christy at (618) 977-0072.

Troy UMC shrimp boil

Troy United Methodist Church, 407 Edwardsville Road in Troy, will hold a shrimp boil, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 14. Cost is $12, dine in or carry out. For more information, email David@troyumc.org, visit http://troyumc.com/shrimpboil or call 667-6241.

Friedens UCC sausage dinner

On Sunday, March 15, Friedens United Church of Christ, 207 E. Center in Troy, is hosting a sausage and sauerkraut dinner.

The dinner is served from 11:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Carry-outs and curbside service will be available until 6 p.m. By calling ahead to 667-6535, your order will be delivered to your car.

The menu includes all-you-can-eat grilled pork, sausage and mashed potatoes.

Michael’s to hold 45th annual St. Patrick’s Day Benefit

The 45th annual St. Patrick’s Day Benefit at Michael’s Restaurant will be held Tuesday, March 17. The doors will open at 11 a.m. with a silent auction to be held from 11 to 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be served at noon and the live oral auction will follow.

Bill Lee, who is the commissioner of the Frontier League, will be in attendance to speak about the Frontier Greys that make their home base and train in Highland during the summer months. He will be accompanied by the 2015 Greys manager and other team and league personnel.

“Let our delectable, traditional Irish spread fill you up while you enjoy bidding on auction items. We have alternative menu items available, if requested in advance,” said Gaye Michael, who is the event chairman.

This year marks the 45th year this huge fundraising event will be held to benefit area organizations. This year, proceeds will benefit the Highland Quarterback Club and American Legion Baseball. There will be some great auction items including a weekend stay at a condo on the Lake of the Ozarks, St. Louis Rams football tickets, St. Louis Cardinals baseball tickets and many more great items.

“Community support is greatly appreciated and necessary to make this event successful as in years past, so we cordially invite you to come out and celebrate with the Michael family at the 45th for a better community,” Gaye Michael said.

Tickets are $25 per person and can be obtained by contacting Susie Michael at 654-8678, or Wayne Wirz at 654-8419, or Rick Bellm at 618-580-9021. Please call Michael’s Restaurant to reserve a table and make checks payable to the Highland Quarterback Club and mail checks and ticket stubs to P.O. Box 12, Highland, IL 62249.

The success of this event is a collaborative effort among volunteers, community leaders and business owners. Please consider donating an auction item to this event by contacting Wayne Wirz at 654-8419 to make arrangements and coordinate your donation.

The Highland Quarterback Club and American Legion Baseball (in its 51st year, 1965-2015) thank the community for supporting this event and their youth programs.

Remember to wear your green.

Highland Firemen’s Dance

The annual Highland Fireman’s Dance to benefit the city of Highland and the Highland-Pierron fire departments will be held on Saturday, March 21 at the Highland Knights of Columbus Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. The Well Hungarians will play from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Advance tickets are available from any Highland or Highland-Pierron firefighter and cost $20 per person or $35 per couple. Tickets are the door will be $25 per person or $40 per couple. Cost includes chicken, plates and utensils. Feel free to bring side dishes. There will be a cash bar.

There will also be a silent auction and cooler of booze raffle.

Trivia contest to benefit Wendy Hartlieb

The “Hart of Bling” trivia night and silent auction will be held Saturday, March 21 at 6 p.m. at the Lindendale Park Ballroom.

This event is a benefit to help offset the healthcare expenses of, Wendy Hartlieb of Highland, who is battling lung cancer. Wendy is the wife of Chris Hartlieb. They have two college-age children, Geoff, who is a junior at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo.; and Hannah, who is a freshman at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

The cost is $100 per table with a maximum of 10 people per table (team). Doors open at 6 p.m. Trivia starts at 7 p.m. Silent auction items will also be available to bid on. Bring you own food. Drinks will be available for purchase.

For more information, call Tina Bradley at Highland High School at 654-7131 ext. 4101. Register at http://goo.gl/forms/NPebr0pGkB.

SIUE Friends of Art auction

The Friends of Art, along with the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Department of Art & Design, invite the public to the 38th Annual Art Auction on Thursday, March 19. This year’s auction will be held in the Art West Gallery, located in the Art and Design West building on the SIUE campus in Edwardsville.

The 2015 auction will offer original artworks donated by faculty, visiting artists, alumni, friends and advanced students. Additional work will be available to the highest bidder in a silent auction. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a preview and Ahrens & Niemeier auctioneers will start the bidding at 7 p.m. This lively event is a lot of fun and features friendly competition that provides participants as much excitement in bidding as winning the item. A cash bar will be available.

Admission is free to all students and those who have donated works for the auction, as well as members of the Friends of Art. Tickets for the general public are $5 and can be purchased at the door.

Free parking will be provided in Pay Lot B (the SIUE visitor lot). Although parking will not be available adjacent to the building, attendees may be dropped off at the doors behind the Art and Design West building.

For event information visit the website: www.siue.edu/artsandsciences/art/friends.shtml. View images of artwork to be auctioned: Facebook Friends of Art SIUE. For additional information, contact us at friendsofart.siue@yahoo.com.

Highland Kiwanis cosmic bingo

The Highland Kiwanis will hold a cosmic bingo on Thursday, March 26 at the Highland Knights of Columbus Hall starting at 7 p.m. Cost is $25 per person and includes 10 games of bingo with chances to win $100 on each game. There will also be a silent auction and 50-50. For more information, email jami@highlandillinois.com or hillarie@highlandillinois.com.

Leaps of Love benefits

Pub Crawl

The eighth annual “Crawl for a Cause” will be held on March 21 in downtown Edwardsville. The theme will be “Hollywood.” Come dressed as your favorite movie character/star. Costumes are highly encouraged. Cost is $30 for a standard ticket or $40 for a premium ticket, which includes a VIP, red carpet pre-party at Laurie’s Place from 5 to 6:30 p.m., which includes a food buffet and “major swag.” The crawl starts at 6:30 p.m. at Laurie’s Place. There will be a movie skit contest (3 minutes) at 7 p.m. Call or text (618) 409-0425 for more information.

Bowling Tournament

Leaps of Love will hold a 40-frame bowling tournament on Saturday, March 28 at Poplar Junction Lanes in Highland. There are two times from which to choose, 2 or 7 p.m. Cost is $25 per person. Participants must be at least 18 years old. The two sessions will be combined to determine winners. To register, or for more information, call Poplar Junction Lanes at 654-2695 or Dana Riechmann at (618) 407-4409.

MD Fathers & Friends Bowling Tournament

The Mater Dei Fathers & Friends Bowling Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, March 28 at Bartelso Bowl. Teams may bowl at noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m. or 9 p.m. In addition to enjoying time with friends, you may win a cash prize.!

For this 9-pin, no-tap tournament, the cost is $25 per bowler and teams consist of five bowlers. To enter a team or receive additional information, contact Mark Hitpas (520-9516).

MD Fathers & Friends breakfast

The Mater Dei Fathers & Friends breakfast will be from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday, March 29, Palm Sunday, in the cafeteria. The menu includes eggs, sausage, pancakes, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, coffee, juice, and milk. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 13, and children under age 5 eat free.

Trivia Night to benefit Allen Warnecke Scholarship Fund

A trivia contest, raffle and auctions to benefit the Allen Warnecke Memorial Scholarship Fund is going to be held April 18 at the Aviston American Legion.

Warnecke was an alumni of Central Community High School, graduating in the first year of its existence in 1971. He also was the first valedictorian in the district’s history. After graduating from college, he returned to his alma mater as a mathematics teacher and member of the coaching staff. In 1990, Warnecke was named the athletic director and remained a fixture in that role at Central until his death in April 2014.

Doors for the fundraising event open at 5:30 p.m. Trivia starts at 6:30 p.m. There will be a $10,000 drawing after trivia. An oral auction takes place at 10 p.m.

The oral auction includes ticket packages for the St. Louis Rams, the St. Louis Cardinals and the St. Louis Blues Sub Zero Club, as well as a six-hour, all-inclusive pool party at the Holtmann House and an autographed Stan Musial baseball bat.

There will be other assorted event passes, golf items and sports memorabilia up for bid as well. Raffle tickets are now available for a $10,000 prize to be awarded at the event. All proceeds from the April 18 event will go to scholarship awards to deserving students.

The fee is $100 per table with a maximum of 10 players per table. Their will be 50-50 raffle tickets available and a heads and tails game. Snacks may be brought in. Beer will be available for purchase at the bar.

For more information or to get your team preregistered, call George Evans at (618) 660-5247.