The American Red Cross-NMI Chapter processed at least 200 tickets yesterday, a day before the 24th Annual Club 200, the group's largest fundraising gala scheduled tonight at Fiesta Resort & Spa in Garapan.
Executive director John Hirsh said yesterday that they anticipated the surge in ticket sales in the last few days leading to the annual event which has the “Way Out West” theme this year.
“It's funny how people always wait until the last minute or until that paycheck comes out, but we're just really excited,” he said.
Each Club 200 ticket costs $100.
Besides the ticket sales growth, Hirsh also noted an increase in the number of volunteers this week to help out in processing tickets, help with decorations for the venue, and get the event ready for the community.
Hirsh said they are hoping to have at least a thousand guests at tonight's event, although he pointed out that the numbers could go slightly down depending on factors such as weather.
He noted, too, that there have been previous Club 200 events that got rained on yet people still turned up and had a great time.
“Don't be scared of the rain. Come on out and put on your country western outfit and just enjoy the evening. It should be great,” said Hirsh.
The 24th Annual Club 200 promises to provide great entertainment with performances from the Japanese country group G GAP, as well as exciting raffle prizes, including the grand prize of $15,000.
Hirsh said that for this year, there will be 37 prize packages that are “bigger and better.” The event will also feature the treasure chest promotion.
The promo will involve guests who buy the $10 raffle ticket by giving the chance to be one of the 10 names that will be drawn and be allowed to pick a key that would open any of the three treasure chests containing prizes, he explained.
Hirsh thanked their three premier sponsors-Tan Siu Lin Foundation, Delta Air Lines, and IT&E-as well as other donors whose in-kind donations help make the annual event a success.
“We're just very excited and thankful that the community, despite difficult times, is always willing to come out and fulfill our mission to help people who are in need here in NMI,” added Hirsh.