The annual fall fundraiser for the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce will begin in just over a week.

For local residents who have attended the event during the past six years, the name has changed, but the event has only been improved.

The chamber’s sixth annual “Fall For Sandy” returns to the Club Paesano in Gresham, where attendees will find the popular delicacies prepared by Jan Ostrom of Busy Bee Catering.

“The theme for this year’s event will be “A Tour of Italy,” said Andrea Pickett, event coordinator, “and promises to be a fun-filled night that will include games and great auction items.”

In addition to the great Italian food buffet and decorations worthy of Italy, there will be games such as heads or tails, raffles and prizes as well as a host of auction items — some of high value, such as an overnight getaway to the Wild Horse Resort and Casino in Pendleton, a four-pane glass art window by Cathy Stuchlik, a river adventure trip guided by Grant Putnam and a set of construction-quality power tools valued at $500.

Fall For Sandy is no longer an event focusing entirely on art; that’s why the name was changed, Pickett said. Besides placing the spotlight on people and businesses, the event raises money that helps the chamber continue offering its services seven days a week, “promoting Sandy as a great place to live, work and play,” Pickett said.

Each year, some of the proceeds of Fall For Sandy are designated to assist a community service project. In previous years, the chamber has donated thousands to the mural near Centennial Plaza, high school graduate scholarships and a “tree” in the children’s section of the Sandy library.

This year there will be a live auction conducted by Grant Putnam. There’ll also be a silent auction with such items as jewelry, metal art, gift certificates and admission to Wildlife Safari.

“This is a fun event,” Pickett said. “Fall for Sandy gives us the opportunity to celebrate all that our community has to offer.”

Fall For Sandy will have its doors open at 6 p.m. with the dinner beginning at 7 p.m., and the event will continue until 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at Club Paesano, 3800 W. Powell Loop, Gresham.

Tickets are $20 per person or $35 per couple, and may be obtained at the chamber office, 38963 Pioneer Blvd., or call to 503-668-4006 to make reservations, and pick up will-call tickets at the door Sept. 28.

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