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Gatsby gala 2014 sold out

Tickets are sold out for this year's Avera Queen of Peace Foundation Gala.

"I wish, I wish, I wish it would be unlimited so that everyone who wanted to enjoy it could," Foundation Director Tracy Pardy said. "But we can only hold so many people in the room."

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She said all 320 spots sold out last week for this year's event, Gala 2014: The Great Gatsby -- Vintage Glamour. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Friday at the Highland Conference Center. Pardy said there will be a cocktail hour until 6:30 p.m., followed by a six-course meal. More than 40 items will be up for silent auction from 5:15 until 9:30 p.m. A live auction, featuring 13 items, will follow the meal.

After the live auction, a dance will start at approximately 9:30 p.m. Music will be provided by the Hegg Brothers.

Gala 2014 will replace the Splash of Spirits wine and food tastings that have been associated with past foundation fundraisers. Pardy said each year will be a gala, though the theme will change. This year's theme was inspired by the 1920s era depicted in the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, "The Great Gatsby."

Pardy said sponsors and volunteers have worked for the last six months to insure the gala lives up to the glitz and glam of the Gatsby era.

"It would not be possible without those two," she said.

She said her goal is to raise $100,000 this year. Pardy said last year's event netted $99,000 -- a jump from the $41,000 raised two years ago.

"I'm still overwhelmed, to be honest," she said. "My hope is that we could match it this year."

Last year's funds provided about 300 cancer screenings for people in the community, Pardy said. This year, Pardy said the donations will go to the Foundation's Caring for Life, or "greatest needs," fund.

"We're still going to do cancer screenings, because that is a huge need in our community, but so is diabetes," Pardy said. "These funds can go to help any critical aspect of the health care that we're providing for our patients. It's not restricting us to one area."

Though the event is sold out, Pardy said people can call (605) 995-5773 to be put on a waiting list. If someone cancels, priority would be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Those who cannot attend the event but would still like to donate can call the foundation at (605) 995-5773.