‘Party on the Hill’ is this weekend
There’s still time to register to attend the second annual “Party on the Hill,” a benefit event for the Semper Fi Fund, a national charity that assists wounded post-9/11 veterans from all branches of the military. The event will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, near Theodosia.
Attendance is free, but registration is requested at partyonthehill.org or by texting organizer Debbie Daniel at 913-940-1144.
Around 200 people attended the Party on the Hill last year and raised $16,000. This year, Daniel is capping attendance at 400, so those who are planning on attending should register as soon as possible. At press time Tuesday, the Party on the Hill Facebook page reported that 310 people had already registered.
Funds are raised at the event through live and silent auctions offering a variety of merchandise and gifts. For a list of live auction items, see the ad on page 2 of this week’s Times.
One hundred percent of the proceeds go directly to the Semper Fi Fund to provide immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to combat wounded, critically ill and catastrophically injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families as they transition back home for their recovery.
The event begins with happy hour at 4 p.m. Saturday including free pizza, nachos, popcorn and drinks followed by a complimentary dinner. “For dessert, we’re featuring a community potluck dessert table,” Daniel said. “Those who want to contribute desserts can drop them off at Big Hair salon in the Theodosia Shopping Center on Friday.”
Daniel extended her thanks to Lutie High School students who are volunteering their time to help at the event; to the Ava VFW, which is providing a POW/MIA missing man table ceremony; and to the Navy Operational Support Center of Springfield, which will present the colors.
“This is a family-friendly event with yard games, snow cones and a candy buffet,” Daniel said. “There will be burgers and hot dogs, and the Andi’s Snack Shack truck will be serving loaded French fries. The El Morro Taco Truck will serve authentic tacos, and the Maritime Food Truck will serve up lattes and ice cream.”
An impressive line-up of entertainment is planned, beginning with Branson’s “Dynamic Duo,” Michelle Ivey Jordan and Jeff Sadie. Mike Scarff of Protem and his rock and roll cover band Inflexion are also slated to play at the event, along with Musivo Live, a well-known band from Kansas City. Other performers include Mako, who performs progressive electronic music, and Nashville’s Luke Nassar.
Daniel suggests that guests bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.
The partyonthehill.org website includes directions to the venue site, an accommodations list and a donations link for those who want to contribute to the Semper Fi Fund but can’t attend the event.