The money raised this year will be used to purchase dialysis machines for MeritCare Kidney Services. The more than 100,000 new patients that are diagnosed each year in the U.S. with kidney failure rely on these machines to do what their kidneys can no longer do. MeritCare Kidney Services currently provides outpatient hemodialysis services to more than 300 patients in several locations throughout the region, including Fargo, Detroit Lakes, Red Lake, Morris, Bemidji and others.
Festival of Wreaths is open to the public, although reservations are required for some activities. Girls' Night Out and English Tea at Three are sold out. Tickets/reservations for the other events are available by calling the MeritCare Foundation at (701) 234-6190 or (800) 437-4010, ext. 6190, weekdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased online at festivalofwreaths.meritcare.com.
Following is the line-up of events:
- Girls' Night Out - TICKETS SOLD OUT
Thursday, Nov. 15: 7 p.m.
Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 at the door
An evening out with the gals! This event includes delicious edible centerpieces, a style show, an appearance by Elvis, and holiday shopping.
- Open House Shopping Extravaganza
Friday, Nov. 16: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tickets: $3 adults; $1 children age 10 and under
Cash-and-carry shops: Alpine Village is a cash-and-carry shop that features miniature trees and gingerbread houses created by local chefs and artists. The Timeless Treasures Boutique is filled with an assortment of decorations and other holiday-related items available for cash-and-carry.
A silent auction is available throughout the weekend festivities, with special items ending during Girls' Night Out and Dazzle to Denims' Dance.
- Festival Luncheon
Friday, Nov. 16: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Tickets: $25, reservations required
Enjoy a wonderful lunch while listening to Brazilian psychologist, comedian and author Chris Linnares. Chris, now of Fargo, has spent her career offering modern women a sensible approach to overhauling their lives.
- English Tea at Three - TICKETS SOLD OUT
Friday, Nov. 16: 3-5 p.m.
This is an afternoon social that includes a traditional English tea experience presented by the British Club of Fargo-Moorhead.
- Dazzle to Denims' Party
Friday, Nov. 16: 8 p.m.-midnight
Tickets: $15 in advance; $20 at the door (must be 21 years of age or older)
This event is a casual cocktail party with live music provided by Past Due. A cash bar will be available.
- Breakfast or Pizza with Santa
Saturday, Nov. 17: 9 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15 adults, $10 children 10 and under; reservations required
Children will dine with Santa and will enjoy the sounds and smells of the holidays as they decorate gingerbread cookies and sing songs.
Saturday, Nov. 17: 6:30 p.m. social, 8 p.m. dinner
Tickets: $100 per person; reservations required
The gala features a gourmet dinner followed by an exciting, live auction.