Auctioneer John Curley

WEEKEND: Annual Shipley Center gala tonight in Sequim

NOTE: “Today” and “tonight” refer to Friday, July 29.

SEQUIM — The theme will be Off to the Races at Shipley Center’s fifth annual Gala and Auction tonight.

The gala, presented by Sequim Health and Rehabilitation, will begin at 5:30 p.m. at SunLand Golf & Country Club at 109 Hilltop Drive.

Anyone who wears derby attire will get a free photo.

Tickets are $75 and are available at Shipley Center at 921 E. Hammond St. All proceeds will go to Shipley Center, and tickets are tax-deductible.

A welcome reception will start the evening with mint juleps and such hors d’oeuvres as stuffed dates and pastrami-wrapped asparagus. Non-alcoholic drinks also will be available.

The dinner menu includes beef bourguignon in a puff pastry bowl plus a fried chicken cutlet with country gravy, polenta with sun-dried tomatoes, grilled vegetables, grilled Caesar salad and a roll.

A dark chocolate mousse with Chantilly cream topped with a leaf of chocolate mint in a chocolate tulip cup will provide the sweet ending.

TV and radio personality John Curley, sponsored by The Fifth Avenue, will be the auctioneer.

This year’s live auction features such trips as a one-week stay in a two-bedroom condo in December near Disney World’s Epcot Center, a three-night stay in a large beach house north of Ocean Shores, a private dinner in the winner’s home for up to eight people, a two-night stay at Harrison Hot Springs in British Columbia with breakfast for two each morning, a one-week stay in a two-bedroom condo in one of hundreds of resorts that the winner can choose from and other prizes.

Last year, Shipley Center gala raised more than $30,000.

Proceeds go toward either the capital campaign for its new building or to help fund membership packages to lower-income seniors.

For more information, call Shipley Center at 360-683-6806.

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