Stanford Beautification’s major fundraiser coming June 12
Thursday, June 3, 2021
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In 2019, the 10th annual Red Hot Blast lived up to its name, sparking a memorable February evening for a record number of people. That was before a novel coronavirus, COVID-19, swept across the world, including hometowns. With the community in mind, the organizers of the Red Hot Blast, an annual event held in Stanford in February, put their community first and postponed the event.

Now, the re-thoughtout event, which is open to ticket holders 21 years of age or older, will take place June 12, just a few days away. Proceeds go toward the Beautification Committee’s Main Street Improvement projects.

Lead ticket saleswoman Alverta Andersen of Stanford "has been hitting the pavement hard," said co-organizer Tess Brady. Steve Lillegard donated his time and talents for the artwork on the poster and advertisments.

The June event will have a Garden Theme, said co-organizer Janine Merrill and Tess Brady during an interview earlier this week with the Judith Basin Press.

“There will be a lot of silent and live auction items,” said Merrill, “and a little bit of something for everyone.”

To list just a few of the items, there will be four paintings, a bent willow chair and side table by Bill Miller, a quilt by Dawn Ridgeway, as well as a customized-for-you wooden sign by Deano’sWoodshop for a home or business. Double B’s will offer a cabin-hunting retreat, and so much more will take place during the festive fundraiser.

Hilltop catering will provide the buffet of sirloin, coleslaw, red potatoes and more. Cupcakes will be provided by Johnny’s Family Candies by Doreen Caquelin. Bing Schmitt will play western music for ambience during the evening over the speakers. Also, back by popular demand, there will be a prize wheel with cash and more.

“We are so thrilled that Stanford Beautification has had such a positive impact across the town, beyond Main Street,” said Merrill. “Greatly because of all of this, we have a town we can be proud of,” said Merrill.

Brady, the woman behind the scenes, added, “It has been awesome, and it's all because of the community’s support. Thank you for supporting our vision and keeping us going. We hope to see you soon at the Boots, Brews, and Barbeque.”