Hog Wild fundraiser to be first event at Field Hall

PORT ANGELES — The 11th Annual Hog Wild — a fundraiser for the Olympic Medical Center Foundation — Saturday will be the first event held in the newly constructed Field Arts & Events Hall in downtown Port Angeles.

Three hundred people are expected at the sold-out dinner and entertainment. The city of Port Angeles has issued a temporary occupancy permit to allow it at the as-yet unfinished Field Hall at 201 W. Front St.

“Everybody just fast-tracked it to make this event possible,” said Bruce Skinner, executive director of the OMC Foundation. “It’s a great example how a city and nonprofit can work together to get things done.”

The hall is 99.8 percent finished, said Steve Raider-Ginsburg, executive director, on Friday.

“We’re days away from getting permanent occupancy.”

Raider-Ginsburg said that getting the temporary permit entails having inspections of life safety systems for protecting people from such emergencies as fire, tsunami, earthquakes.

“We have achieved a safe and secure environment,” he said.

Parking for the 300 people expected at Hog Wild is available at various places in Port Angeles’ downtown, Raider-Ginsburg said.

“There are hundreds of parking spots within a five-minute walk,” he said.

Renamed “Hog Wild Goes to the Movies Presented by North Olympic Healthcare Network,” the $70 per person event, which is sold out — will raise funds for the OMC Children’s Clinic and the OMC Foundation Scholarship fund. The latter will provide funds for people who want to enter the healthcare profession, especially in Peninsula College’s medical-related programs.

Hog Wild will continue to include games where attendees can win prizes, but several other performers have been added to the schedule, including four who have performed in Circus or Teatro Zinzanni. It also will feature a showing of the movie “Casablanca” in Field Hall’s theater, which has a giant screen.

This will be the first event at Field hall, but several others are planned before the grand opening weekend July 27-30. Among them are the Brubeck Brothers on July 6 and a celebration of local arts sponsors by North Olympic Health Network.

For more information on Field Hall, see https://field hallevents.org/#/events.

For more on OMC Foundation events, see https://www.omhf.org/.

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