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Art & Culinary Show less than one month away.

New Richmond

For the 12th straight year, the St. Croix Art and Culinary Show, set to be held 5-8 p.m. Sunday, April 30 at R&D Catering, will feature artists, food and entertainment.

The event, which is coordinated by the Rotary Club of New Richmond, has plenty of sponsors that offer funds to help support scholarships set to go to students in the community.

Rotary President Jo Wrich said, "It's not just Rotary ... there's so much support from so many people ... the whole event wouldn't be possible without people like Randy Calleja, who opens up his kitchen."

She also said the event wouldn't be possible without the the artists who have a chance to show off their work and to contribute to the fundraising, as well as the students and other volunteers who make the night one to remember.

"Everybody is so orchestrated and pitching in together that night .. we give credit to all those who donate their time and their talents," Wrich added.

Tickets for the event are available at Westfields Hospital & Clinic, Ready Randy's, the First National Community Bank and online at www.newrichmondrotary.com.

This year's theme is "Hollywood," and the event wouldn't be complete without the red carpet where folks who attend will have a chance to stop and have their pictures taken from the paparazzi that will be on hand.

Each year the event raises about $15,000 to $20,000.

"Everything else is donated," Wrich said. "The artists donate their art, the restaurants donate the food, The less we spend, the more we raise, which means the more money we will have for scholarships."

In all, there will be about 15 artists on hand throughout the evening; Wrich said the grand prize for the night will be an opportunity for a chef to visit the winner's home and prepare a multi-course meal right in the home. If the winner doesn't have the equipment needed to prepare the meal, the prize will be offered at a different venue.

"It's such a good event. It's a lot of work and coordination, but it's well worth it," Wrich said.

It should also be noted that tickets the past two years have sold out well before the show, so reaching out to a Rotary member, going online to order, or stopping at Ready Randy's or the First National Community Bank as soon as possible is recommended.

"It's fun and entertaining to see how people interact with the artists," Wrich said. "It's a great chance for everyone to network and it's all for a good cause."

This year's platinum sponsor is Thrivent Financial.

Gold sponsors are Westfields Hospital & Clinic; First National Community Bank; Angela Olson Law; and R&D Banquet Facility.

Silver sponsors are Doar, Drill and Skow; Federal Foam, Guinn Vinopal Zahradka; Allie at NP Design & Photography; Bremer Bank; WESTconsin Credit Union; Edward Jones and Minuteman Press.

Bronze sponsors are Bernard's Northtown; Apple Blossom Events; Lakeside Foods; The Deerfield; JA Counter; PCM Global Solutions; Frontier Ag & Turf; New Richmond Insurance Agency; Countryside Plumbing & Heating; Dr. John Mike; Derrick Construction; Kyle Hinrichs, Realtor; and Table 65.

Other businesses also contributing to the event are Minute Man Press, Super America and the New Richmond Golf Course.

Rotarians who serve on the committee who put in many hours coordinating the event are Lisa Woletz, Dr. Sue Johnson, Jonathan Timm, Melanie Rowe, Heather McAbee, Bridget Kelley, Dan Heffron, Lynn Munson and Carol DeYoung.

"Other than our three honorary chairs, we have several non-Rotarians involved. They play an active role in the planning or during the event," Wrich said. They are decorator Cathy Rivard at Apple Blossom Events, and the music that will be provided by Jodi Mealy. Allie Wrich, a graphic designer at NP Design & Photography, also completed work for the event.

Tickets are $50 in advance or $55 at the door, if tickets are still available.

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