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Eat, drink, bid merry

September 29, 2012
By Barb Dorn - March of Dimes SW Division Director , Marshall Independent

Fundraisers run the gamut, from galas to walks to everything-a-thons.

These days there are many ways to raise money for a good cause, and the March of Dimes is no exception.

We hold our annual March for Babies walk in Marshall each Spring, and in four other communities are our Jail-n-Bails where participants get "convicted of kindness" in working toward helping moms have stronger, healthier babies.

However, there is one very unique fundraiser held by the March of Dimes each year, and we believe there is nothing else like it throughout southern Minnesota.

It is our annual Signature Chefs Auction, this year to be on Thursday, Oct. 11, in Mankato.

The Chefs Auction provides an opportunity to taste delicious signature dishes from the area's best restaurants, and this year is no exception.

Attendees on the 11th will sample Spicy Thai Pork Sa Tay, Smoked Tenderloin of Pork with Cherry Chutney, Blackened Tenderloin Tips cooked medium rare and served with Creamy Horseradish Sauce, Thai Peanut Spring Rolls, Buffalo Blu Pork Poppers, Roasted Squash and Pistachio Lasagna, Louisiana Style BBQ Shrimp, and much, much more. If you like food sampling then this is the place to be! It is truly a great night of many great tastes.

During the sampling portion of the evening, a silent auction will also be held.

These packages are full of a variety of restaurant experiences, sporting events, and entertainment.

There will be a raffle as well, and local vineyards providing samples of their most delicious wines. A live auction begins at 8 p.m., featuring incredible food, travel, and experience packages. Picture yourself relaxing on a beach in Belize, riding in a 1967 Pirsch Fire Truck, soaring over Southern Minnesota in a hot air balloon, or watching the snow fall from inside a warm condo in Big Sky, Mont.

All this and more will be up for grabs as the live auction wraps up an evening full of food, fun, and fundraising for the March of Dimes.

And while everyone enjoys a great evening, of course the real reward is helping babies. The March of Dimes is inspired by all babies those born healthy, and those who need our help to survive and thrive. So please join us on for a unique and meaningful fundraising experience.

Please call 507-388-3324 with any questions, or visit and click on the "Events" tab for more information.



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