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Amy Roloff, Curtis Salgado headline Museum gala

Dare to Dream is an elegant evening to celebrate Washington County, past, present and future
by: Submitted photo AMY ROLOFF

ROCK CREEK - Guess who's coming to dinner? Dinner at the Washington County Museum's annual gala, that is.

Amy Roloff, Helvetia resident and co-star of 'Little People, Big World,' is the keynote speaker at the Oct. 22 event to benefit the museum. This year's theme is 'Dare to Dream.'

Roloff, the popular matriarch of the hit show that ran six seasons on cable television's TLC, never set out to be a TV star, but she hasn't let life's challenges get in the way of opportunity or her own personal goals. Following the final season of 'Little People, Big World,' Roloff continues her main job of 'being a mom' while traveling the country as an inspirational speaker, helping with the family's popular pumpkin farm, heading up the Amy Roloff Charity Foundation and working with the Coalition for Dwarf Advocacy and other groups.

Dare to Dream is an elegant evening to celebrate Washington County, past, present and future.

The event runs from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. at PCC - Rock Creek Campus Events Center and includes socializing, dinner, music, dancing, wine pull and silent and oral auctions featuring out-of-this-world packages that include a vacation to Vail, Colo., a golf package for four at topnotch courses in the area, a hosted dinner for six with Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen, Disney on Ice, skybox tickets to University of Oregon Ducks vs. Stanford Cardinals and more.

Music will be by the legendary Curtis Salgado, who mentored actor John Belushi on playing the blues and was the inspiration for the popular Blues Brothers act formed by the late Belushi and fellow actor Dan Akroyd. In fact, the first Blues Brothers album was dedicated to Salgado. Born in Everett, Wash., Salgado grew up in Eugene and aspired to sing classical music as a youngster.

Considered one of the best harmonica players in the country, Salgado has performed with artists such as Steve Miller, Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt, Muddy Waters, Bobby 'Blue' Bland, Albert Collins, Santana and The Doobie Brothers. Last year, Salgado was awarded 2010 Soul Blues Artist of the Year.

Reser's Fine Foods is the presenting sponsor of the gala. Other sponsors include Beaverton Bakery, Portland Community College, Entercom, Murray Brand Communications, Pacific Wealth Group and Radiance Communications. Sponsorships are still available. Individuals and businesses interested in contributing to either the silent or oral auctions can still get in on the act.

Tickets are $125, single; $230, couple; $1,200 for a patron table of eight and $2,000 for a corporate table of eight.

Additionally, a raffle will be held for a 'dream vacation for two' to Maui that includes airfare for two, seven nights in a one-bedroom condo that boasts garden, mountain and ocean views and is just steps away from one of Maui's pristine beaches. Raffle tickets are $50 each. Total sales are limited to 120 tickets.

More information is online at WashingtonCountyMuseum.org.