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By Jennifer Harbin/The Hesperian-Beacon
MUNCY – Valentine’s Day is often notoriously difficult to plan and shop for, and long waits to be seated at restaurants are hardly the foundation for a fun, let alone romantic, night. Planning the perfect romantic evening for that special someone in your life just got a bit easier. So, if you are struggling to come up with a creative (and hassle-free) way to celebrate, the WJ Mangold Memorial Hospital Foundation Valentines Dinner Dance, might be your answer. And I promise, it’s much easier to attend and enjoy than saying that three times.
The WJ Mangold Memorial Hospital Foundation has been busy planning their first Valentine’s Day fundraiser in an effort to raise much-needed funds for their IT department.
According to the event’s Facebook page, “Our hospital provides healthcare for not only Floyd county but also the surrounding counties. Constant changes in reimbursement and payment makes it difficult to continually update equipment for the hospital and clinics. This event will be raising funds for our IT department- upgrading the computers and phones and more. Your donations now and always mean more than you will ever know!”
The Valentine’s Dinner Dance will take place at the Unity Center in Muncy on Saturday, February 15, complete with a four-course ribeye steak dinner cooked by the Lockney and Floydada Fire Departments and a loaded cheesecake bar for dessert. Doors open at 5:15 pm and dinner is served at 6 pm. Also, on offer are a coffee and cash bar. The country sounds of Jason Nutt & Highway 70, opening by Riley Adams Duo, will both entertain and maybe even get you out on the dance floor.
WJ Mangold Memorial Hospital Foundation Member, Kortney DeBock, shared that throughout the evening, a variety of gifts will be on display to bid on in both live and silent auctions. A few of the items include several Moore Maker knives, an American flag that has flown over the capital building from Jodey Arrington, U.S. Representative for Texas’s 19th congressional district, One Way Vineyard wine basket, jewelry from Kendra Scott, Thacker Jewelry, and Kori Green Designs, Lesca’s Famous Fudge, a Henry Yellow Rose 22 rifle, and several gift cards from local vendors around Floyd County. Attendees may also bid on a romantic getaway.
If you’ve attended Punkin’ Day or other events in the county, you might have heard the country stylings of Jason Nutt & Highway 70 who will headline for the evenings dinner and dance. They have a new album out called “Not the Man I Used to Be” available for purchase on iTunes. Opening for them will be Riley Adams Duo singing various genres of music.
Tickets can be purchased in Floydada at Farm Bureau, Prosperity Bank, Social Fly, and Nutthouse Designs; in Lockney at WJ Mangold Memorial Hospital Administrative offices and Oh Charlie. One ticket costs $100 and admits two people or a couple.
Leading up to the event, the Foundation is giving away one ticket (that admits two people) through the Valentines Dinner Dance’s Facebook page called “It’s a Valentines Lovers Ball”. You must act fast, though, since February 7 is the last day to participate. To enter, visit the Facebook page called “It’s a Valentines Lovers Ball” and follow the instructions with a ‘like’, share the post and tag a friend. A winner will be announced the same day.
So, if you would like to have a Valentine’s evening to remember without the hassle of driving too far that also supports a valuable community cause, get a ticket now for the Valentines Dinner Dance. All you have to do is show up, have fun and know that your support keeps the hospital and clinics upgraded, functioning and available to the community.
“Keeping rural health care going in these small towns is now more important than ever,” De Bock reiterated. “We’re really lucky to have a hospital in Lockney, the next closest is in Plainview or Lubbock. If we lost that, we would feel the effects. We need to do all we can to keep that going.”