Bethlehem to visit Oz for fundraiser

Munchkin Munchies, Emerald City Salad, Scarecrow’s Stuffed Pork Tenderloin and Ruby Slipper Red Velvet Cake are just a few of the delicacies on the menu for Bethlehem High School’s seventh annual fundraiser.

“Lights, Camera … Auction!” is scheduled for Nov. 18, and organizers hope the Wizard of Oz theme will help propel supporters along a Yellow Brick Road to new heights.

Last year the event generated more than $50,000 for the school, described as the oldest continually operating school in Kentucky. This year the goal is $60,000 said Cathy Clements, director of development and recruitment for the 280-student school.

The dinner and auction always sells out, she said, and this year is expected to be no different.

After all, asked Susie Heil, who can resist dining with flying monkeys? Heil co-chairs the auction together with her husband, Steve, and Glenn and Valerie Crabtree.

The high school gym will be transformed into the Land of Oz for the event, said Valerie Crabtree, and the Emerald City will be on stage.

Uncle Henry and Auntie Em will greet dinner and auction goers as they enter through a barn scene, complete with a tornado. There will be a yellow brick road and even a field of poppies, Crabtree said.

“The Wizard of Oz is my passion so I’m having a ball with it,” Susie Heil said.

The fundraiser theme changes each year.

The stage set, rented from Events, Etc., of Louisville, will be liberally supplemented with decorations created at Bethlehem, Valerie Crabtree said, with Laura Blaire, the decorating chairperson, adding a strong contribution.

The gym has a capacity of 340, according to Clements. Tickets are $50 each.

The dinner will be catered and served by LadyFingers Fine Catering, Inc. of Louisville, with live entertainment provided by Bethlehem students, including nine handpicked members of the 60-person Bethlehem choir, directed by Sylvia Hamilton.

In addition to live and silent auctions, there will also be a raffle associated with the auction, with a $10,000 prize.

Bethlehem supporters have donated a wide range of auction items, Clements said, including dinner at the rectory, which last year sold for $4,000.

This year other items include things such as a ruby and diamond ring, a Greek dinner for eight, a one-week stay at a condo in Colorado and a chance to be principal for a day.

Master of Ceremonies for the event is Kevin Harned, with Steve Ballard as auctioneer.
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