Bnaakwii Giizis planned for Oct. 13
The Kiwanis Club of New Richmond is at it again. The second annual Bnaakwii Giizis is planned for Saturday, Oct. 13.
Bnaakwii Giizis, Ojibwe for "falling leaves moon," is a fundraising event that Kiwanis Club members hope draws some attention because of its unique name.
The night is filled with food and entertainment - something Charlie Cadenhead, Kiwanis Club president, said was a goal of the Kiwanis Club.
"We wanted to put on an event that all would have fun attending," he said.
The first Bnaakwii Giizis was wildly successful, Cadenhead said.
"It turned out far better than we anticipated," he said. "We had 100-150 people show up and we hope to increase that this year. Our goal is to make it bigger and better each year."
The event replaces several suppers the Kiwanis Club used to host, Cadenhead said.
"It was a lot of work and we noticed our participation started going down," he said. "We needed to make a change."
All proceeds are used to better the lives of local youth - whether it's through local Scouting programs, the Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt, the Key Club at New Richmond High School, various church groups or through the New Richmond Youth Hockey Program.
"The whole focus of Kiwanis is children," he said. "And not just those in need."
This year's Bnaakwii Giizis will be held at R&D Catering and Banquet Facility. The night will feature a dinner, comedian David Harris, raffles, games and live auction by Robbie Kobs.
David Harris, a comedian/magician from Minneapolis, has traveled the United States and performed for Fortune 500 companies, organizations, meetings and has appeared on ABC, CBS and FOX. He also produced and co-starred in "Nate on Drums," which aired from 2005-06.
The event begins at 5 p.m., when guests can enjoy cocktails provided by 45th Parallel Spirits. A buffet dinner prepared by R&D Catering and Banquet Facility will start at 6 p.m. and a buffet-style dessert provided by Family Fresh Market will follow.
Because fundraising is the primary purpose of the event, Auctioneer Robbie Kobs will be facilitating a live auction. There will also be games and raffles.
Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased at WESTconsin Credit Union, Johnson Motors, New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce and school offices.
"You can't go anywhere else and have a good meal and see a comedian for $35," Cadenhead said.
The Kiwanis Club of New Richmond, which started in 1919, is part of Kiwanis International, an international community service organization that strives to support youth and communities. Besides supporting the New Richmond Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts for the past 50 years, the Kiwanis Club of New Richmond also sponsors the High School Key Club and raises money to support local church youth groups. The club also does volunteer work for the Salvation Army and Five Loaves Food Shelf.