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By Tim Leeds 

Second 'Night on the Town' set for Festival Days


September 13, 2013

Lindsay Brown

Audience members listen to Martin Holt, center, acting in a vignette at Creative Leisure during “A Night on the Town” in 2012. This year's fundraiser for the Hill County Community Foundation will include wine, food pairing and jazz Friday, Sept. 20.

A group that supports the community is inviting people out for “A Night on the Town,” the second fundraiser the Hill County Community Foundation is holding during Havre Festival Days.

Lori Evans of the foundation said people seemed to have fun last year with the program, traveling from business to business with refreshments served while watching actors perform in vignettes celebrating Hill County’s 100th anniversary, written by local playwright Martin Holt.

“This year, we’re planning to rival the fun we had last year by offering an elegant, philanthropic evening of wine tasting, appetizing pairings and orchestra,” Evans said.

The foundation, an affiliate of the Montana Community Foundation, started in 1996 after Anheuser-Busch Inc. offered Havre Distributors a challenge grant and the business matched the grant. The foundation was revitalized in 2004 with a board elected and fundraising efforts started.

In the next two years, the foundation grew its endowment from $1,350 to $10,000 through challenge grants, fundraisers and individuation donations.

The foundation provides grants in three main areas: Arts and culture; basic human needs, and community beautification. Grants range from $250 to $1,000, with grants awarded in September each year, the foundation website says.

The program for “A Night on the Town” this year starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, in the historic former federal courthouse and post office on the corner of 3rd Ave. and 3rd St.

“This will be an exciting unveiling of the renovations that have been done to this beautiful, historic fixture in Hill County’s history,” Evans said, adding, “Terry Courtright, our wine expert for the evening, is a retired advertising executive who has been a wine collector and consultant for 30 years. MSU-Northern Community Orchestra will be playing an evening of jazz selections.”

Tickets for the event will be sold in advance and are available on a limited basis, with individual tickets at $50 and Event Sponsor Tables, seating eight people, at $600. People can reserve a spot by calling Pam at 390-4947.

Evans said people who can’t attend but want more information about how they can support the foundation’s mission “by planting a seed to grow in the fertile ground in Hill County for generations to come” also can call 390-4947.

“(People can) join with us as we celebrate our past while building a spirit of optimism for the future of Hill County in the very special surroundings of the old post office,” Evans said.


Online: Hill County Community Foundation website: http://www.mtcf.org/hill_county.html; email hccf@itstriangle.net.


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