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Dress the Child seeks chefs, volunteers, donors for Oct. 23 event at Amador Live

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The need is the same, but the event and the venue are different, as Dress the Child of Las Cruces hosts a brand-new fundraiser that is bigger and better than ever. Chefs, sponsors, volunteers and ticket buyers are welcome to support the program, which provides new clothes and shoes to children in need.

The 2022 Dress the Child event, “Yacht Party,” will begin with cocktails at 5 p.m. and food service starting at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, at Amador Live, 302 S. Main St.

“After two years without a fundraiser due to the pandemic, we are excited to get back together with our community and enjoy a Dress the Child event that we hope will be the biggest and best one yet,” said long-time Dress the Child coordinator and senior account executive for Conterra Networks in Las Cruces Doug Boberg.

Instead of a sit-down dinner, the 2022 Yacht Party will feature food stations in the Amador Live outdoor area, along with table and chairs, a live band, auctions and a few other surprises, said chef Vince Campbell and Doña Ana Community College Culinary Arts Program instructor Tom Drake, this year’s event co-chairs.

“The Amador is honored to host this year’s event and be a part of such a long-running tradition,” said Amador Live owner Max Bower.

Tickets for the event are $500 for a table of four, and $75-$100 for individual tickets depending on where you sit in the Amador Live outdoor area, said Las Cruces attorney and Dress the Child Co-Chair Matt Holt.

The Dress the Child program was started by the late Doug Raines in 1984 and is sponsored by the Rio Grande Rotary Foundation. Dress the Child works with the Las Cruces Public Schools and the Gadsden Independent School District to provide new clothes and shoes to children in need, many of whom have never had new clothes, Boberg said.

In December, volunteers will take the children and a parent shopping at a local store. Each child will have $100 to spend on clothing, and participating stores have always added more to that total, he said.

Yacht Party event coordinators Campbell and Drake are seeking additional restaurants and chefs to participate in the festivities. Event sponsors are also welcome, and tickets are already on sale.

The Dress the Child program provided clothing to 15 needy children in 1984. In 2014, the program provided clothes to more than 450 children. It provided clothes for 466 children in 2015, 487 in 2016, 581 in 2017 and 627 in 2018 and ___ in 2019. Numbers dropped to 300 in 2020 and 150 in 2021 because of COVID-19, Boberg said.

To participate in Yacht Party, be a sponsor or buy tickets, and for more information, contact Boberg at 575-644-9469 and drboberg@gmail.com

, Holt at 575-993-2331 and matt.holt@attorneyholt.com

, Campbell at 575-496-9650 and otisvcampbell@gmail.com and Drake at 575-312-6923 and tdrake@nmsu.edu.

You can make a donation of any amount to the program. Send your check to LCRGRF Dress the Child, P.O. Box 550, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88004. Or, checks can be taken to the First New Mexico Bank at the corner of Lohman Avenue and Nacho Drive and given to Julie Koenig.

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