WOODSTOCK – Organizers of the Gavers Barndance say the event is on pace to match attendance numbers from a year ago, when it sold out for the first time.
The 15th annual fundraiser of the Gavers Community Cancer Foundation is set for 5 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, July 19. Featuring dinner, music and live and silent auctions, the event takes place in Emricson Park, 1313 Kishwaukee Valley Road, Woodstock.
Coming off record, maximum attendance of 2,500 people last year, the foundation already has sold about 1,500 tickets for this year's event, Foundation Vice President Denise Graff Ponstein said.
"We're on our way to do it again," Graff Ponstein said.
Tickets cost $50 and are available at American Community Bank locations and online at www.gavers.org. The foundation is running a four-for-the-price-of-three special until July 10.
The foundation has raised more than $5 million for cancer research and awareness through the event.
"Our goal has always been to create awareness and get people to get checked," Graff Ponstein said. "(We want to) make more people aware of age-appropriate cancer screenings, and have some fun reminding people to do that."
Several live and "super silent" auction items are ready to go this year, from Blackhawks skybox tickets to 10th row seats to Justin Timberlake.
The event also is part of a larger Woodstock weekend. The city's Summer in the Park event kicks off Friday and runs through Sunday.
Graff-Ponstein called planning the two events in conjunction a win-win, and said it would benefit out-of-town Barndance attendees.
"They don't just come in for Saturday," she said. "We have a lot of people coming in for the weekend, and this is a perfect way to enhance the event."