MOULTRIE — The 15th Annual Hunt Dinner, sponsored by the Volunteer Arts Alliance, promises to be an evening of casual fine dining.

“It’s very relaxed and that’s what makes it so popular,” said Debbie Brown, president of the Volunteer Arts Alliance.

The dinner, which will be held Friday, Jan. 27, has enjoyed success in years past with attendance of 350 to 400 guests and is one of the Colquitt County Arts Center’s biggest fundraisers. It originated because hunting is a large part of this community’s heritage and members of the Arts Alliance paid tribute to the tradition by using it as their theme for this dinner.

The menu always consists of game, such as quail, venison and dove, that local hunters in the community have donated to the event. On the Thursday and Friday leading up to the event, it is non-stop cooking as volunteers prepare and cook the meat. Everything is prepared “from scratch” and this year, the women heading up this huge task are Karen Willis and Virginia Hart, chairs of the Cooking Committee.

Dress for the event has always been casual and dinner guests have even worn attire appropriate to the hunting theme.

Every year to accompany the dinner is a raffle, a live auction and a silent auction. The live auction will start around 8:30, after dinner, and bidding on items in the silent auction will close at that time. Items were donated to this fundraiser by local businesses and Arts Center supporters.

Raffle tickets can be purchased ahead of time for $10 each or 11 for $100 and the contributor gets a chance to decide which prize he or she would like to be included in the drawing for. The three prizes to choose from are $1,000 in cash, a $1,000 gift certificate for jewelry at Griner Jewelry Co. or two round-trip tickets on Delta to anywhere in the United States (including Hawaii, Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean).

“Buying the raffle tickets is a great way to support your Arts Center if you can’t come to the dinner,” said Brown.

The Annual Hunt Dinner will be held on Jan. 27 this year and tickets are still available for the evening at $50 a person. A social hour will start at 6:30 p.m. and dinner will begin at 7 p.m. All proceeds from the dinner, auctions and raffles will benefit the Colquitt County Arts Center.

For more information or to purchase tickets for the dinner or the raffles, call the Arts Center at 985-1922.



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