Rotary To Host Fourth Annual Fire And Ice Ball Feb. 4

Pictured are Robert and Anna Wohlgemuth, Jennifer Stewart, Alek Michali, and Arlene and John Bonnett at a previous incarnation of the Rotary Club of Jamestown’s Fire and Ice Ball. Submitted photo

With the area recently experiencing above-average temperatures, it seems even Mother Nature has been gearing up for the Rotary Club of Jamestown’s yearly endeavor designed to spice up the winter season for a good cause.

The Rotary’s fourth annual Fire and Ice Ball, which serves as a fundraiser for the club’s involvement with various local and international projects, will be held Saturday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m. at the Artone Showroom, located at 1089 Allen St. — where live music, a silent basket auction and two high-end grand prizes valued at nearly $4,000 will be the focal points of the evening.

“It’s nice to have something after the holidays that builds the basis for our community,” said Anna Wohlgemuth, chairperson for this year’s event. “This is a fun event that’s a little bit different, and serves as one of two primary fundraisers that we hold each year.

Following three years of success, the 2017 incarnation of the Fire and Ice Ball will treat attendees to a dinner and live music provided by Jamestown’s own Porcelain Bus Drivers and members of Infinity Visual and Performing Arts. Catering will be provided by Andriaccio’s.

The name “Fire and Ice” refers to the two grand prize items, known as the “Fire” and “Ice” prizes. This year’s “Fire” prize will come in the form of $2,000 cash, while the “Ice” prize will consist of a fire opal and diamond collection of earrings, a necklace and a ring valued at approximately $1,800 — all courtesy of Gaylene’s Jewelry.

Tickets for the grand prizes are available at $10 each, and the prize winners will be determined by a drawing. Tickets can be purchased from any Jamestown Noon Rotarian or by calling Fire and Ice chairwoman Kathy Benson at 489-7308. The winning tickets will be drawn during the event, but the ticketholders do not need to be present to win.

The 2017 Fire and Ice Ball is also highlighted by a change in venue, according to Wohlgemuth.

“We were looking for something different as far as location, and the owners of Artone LLC were gracious enough to let us make use of their showroom,” she said. “And it’s beautiful in (the showroom); it’s this hidden gem I didn’t even know existed in Jamestown.”

Tickets to attend the Fire and Ice Ball are $70 each and can also be purchased from any Rotary Club of Jamestown member, or by contacting Benson at 489-7308. Attendees of the Fire and Ice Ball are asked to dress formally, but the event is black tie optional.

All proceeds from the Fire and Ice Ball will support the Rotary’s numerous local and international projects. At the local level, the club has recently made donations to capital campaigns associated with the National Comedy Center, Jamestown’s Veterans Memorial Park, Jamestown Community College and WCA Hospital. It also assists with projects such as literacy in local schools and summer programs, the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign, highway clean up and lake clean up.

Internationally, the club has provided playground enhancements and blackboards for a Cambodian school where one Rotary member volunteers in the winter months, microloans for women in Nepal to start new businesses, water wells and latrines in Haiti, and shelter boxes to help international disaster survivors.