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Staples New Year's Eve Ball planned

The Lakewood Health System Foundation is hosting a New Year's Eve Ball from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. starting Dec. 31 at the Landmark Inn in Staples.

This year's theme is "A Night in Napa Valley." The ambiance of this elegant event will be reflected in the night's décor including vintage wine barrels, bistro tables and welcoming white lights. Wines will be served at the event on a "requested donation" basis. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about food pairings for particular featured wines.

The event is a fun way to bid farewell to 2009 and welcome the 2010 New Year -- all while contributing to the betterment of the community. Call Connie Etzler at (218) 894-8503 for ticket information.

The evening will feature dancing, hors d'oeuvres and raffle items. Funds raised at this year's ball will go toward The Serenity Sanctuary at Lakewood Health System.

"Hosting a New Year's Eve Ball gives people the opportunity to celebrate the New Year in a meaningful way," said Etzler, foundation director. "Contributing to the Foundation ultimately makes our communities better places to live."