News from the Tennessee Valley Diversions

Splash Party benefit a chance to win $500, help Volunteer Center

By Patrice Stewart · 340-2446

Everything is looking just ducky for the Ducky Derby Splash Party “Cajun Fais Do-Do,” scheduled Sept. 8.

This new event, which will benefit the Volunteer Center of Morgan County, will be at the Decatur home of Dr. Steven Fletcher and Dr. Rebekah Moss-Fletcher.

Their swimming pool will be the perfect location to float some ducks, said Jessica Nelson, special events and fundraising coordinator for the Volunteer Center.

This party will help get people ready for the real Ducky Derby launch (another Volunteer Center fundraiser) during Riverfest the next weekend.

“One lucky guest at this Splash Party will win a $500 prize if their number matches the duck to be pulled from the pool at 9 p.m.,” Nelson said.

The 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. party also will include food, a “Mallard Marketplace” and music by the band “Hi 5,” which includes Ken Looney, Bill Thomson, David Mixon, Steve Mixon, George Hartselle and Bob O’Shields.

Nelson said this Splash Party will replace the center’s “Sweet Chair-ity” fundraiser for this year, but artists are still being asked to donate artwork.

Silent, live auctions

Some items will be combined into special themed packages for bidding during the Mallard Marketplace silent and live auctions.

Larry Fite of Food Fite will cater the event, including some Cajun-style items.

Several food stations will be set up with heavy hors d’oeuvres, including muffaletta kabobs, sliced Cajun-smoked tenderloin on rolls with mustard horseradish sauce, blanched asparagus with roasted red pepper dip, spinach dip with vegetables, marinated Gulf shrimp, and cherry tomatoes with Blue Cheese fondue.

Strawberry mousse phyllo cups, fruits and cheeses, fruit salsa with cinnamon chips, Low Country cookie bars and chocolate espresso cookies also are planned.

Beer, wine and specialty drinks will be included.

Tickets for this benefit are $50 each. Call the Volunteer Center at 355-8628.

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