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Music will dominate the entertainment during the LifeWorks Charitable Foundation’s annual fundraiser Thursday in Fort Frenzy.

The event is called A Night for LifeWorks. And after being held in a virtual format for two years because of the pandemic, this week it will be live and in person.

Entertainers performing in one “America’s Got Talent” Format will compete for bragging rights.

“I think we’ve got top-class entertainers again, probably the most well-known local artists we’ve ever had.” said Kristie Miller, residential director for LifeWorks. “I am so honored that they are willing to share their talent to benefit the LifeWorks Charitable Foundation.”

Two of this year’s entertainers are Jesse Wilson and Scott Kirkhart.

“People in the crowd will vote for their favorite artist with their dollars.” said Teresa Naughton, CEO of LifeWorks. “The cool thing is that 100 percent of those dollars go to the LifeWorks Charitable Foundation. That means the people LifeWorks serves are the real winners.”

The event’s social hour begins at 5pm with light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m., followed by entertainment, voting and a testimonial speaker. All action takes place at Fort Frenzy, 3232 First Ave. S, instead.

New this year is the silent online auction.

“People will be able to see all items in the silent auction from anywhere using their smartphones,” said Curt Duffield, career director for LifeWorks. “Whether you are at the event or not, you can bid on items and support LifeWorks. People can also pay through the app, which is very convenient. They can take their items home from the event or pick them up later.”

The silent auction ends on Thursday at 8 p.m. It can be found at www.32auctions.com/lifeworks2022.

Tickets are $40 each at www.eventbrite.com or on the LifeWorks careers page, 1303 A St.

“It will be a very fun evening for a good cause”, said Fort Dodge City Councilman Cameron Nelson, who is President of the Board of Directors of the LifeWorks Foundation. “It’s so nice to be able to attend an in-person event again and see all the wonderful people who help the foundation raise money to support LifeWorks Community Services. It has been a lot of fun helping to plan the online events over the past few years but I am delighted to be back at the Cardiff Centre. I have been attending the in-person event for a number of years and am now thrilled to help plan a great night for an amazing organization.”

Proceeds from the event will go to the LifeWorks Charitable Foundation, whose mission is to provide financial support to LifeWorks Community Services in their work with people with disabilities. LifeWorks Community Services provides daily living and employment support to approximately 200 people in Fort Dodge, Humboldt and surrounding counties.

“We are truly blessed to have such generous community support.” said Ann Halbur, job development specialist. “They have taken a step forward to partner with LifeWorks’ mission.”

Sponsors of the Gold level event are: Availa Bank, Dr. Carey Bligard, Cargill, Curt Bacon Body Shop, The Dairiette, Wolfgang Dillingham, First State Bank/Town and Country Insurance, Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota, Fort Frenzy, Jensen Builders Ltd., Kallin-Johnson Monument Co., Kemna Auto, Kwik Star, Jan and Al Link, Maggio Dental Office, Mid-Iowa Insurance/West Bend Mutual, Northwest Bank, Brian and Julie Roethler, Rick and Mary Salocker and Shimkat Motor Co.

Silver Level Sponsors include Assured Partners, Autodrive Inc., Civitan, CJ Bio America, Coldwell Banker, Daybreak Rotary, Edward Jones Ryan Kent Office, Family Bowling Center, Flooring America Design Center, Green State Credit Union, Iowa Fire Control, Jim’s Carpet One, Mid-Iowa CPA, Cory and Teresa Naughton, North Park Family Dentistry, Orres & Gailey Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, Osborn Stubbs Law Office, Rasch Construction, and TP Anderson and Co.

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