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Spend an 'Afternoon in Venice'

Spend an ‘Afternoon in Venice’ Organization gearing up for Oct. 13 event

EAST GULL LAKE — Madden’s on Gull Lake will once again set the stage for an 18th Century-inspired masquerade to support the Brainerd Lakes Area Women’s Fund.

More than 300 people attended the first “Afternoon in Venice” event last year. Promising to be bigger and better in its second year, the Women’s Fund will host “An Afternoon in Venice – Encore! Encore!” from 2-5 p.m., Oct. 13, at the Madden’s Town Hall.

The event promises to provide an opportunity to step out of the modern world and into 18th Century Venice with the sights and sounds of the streets, waterways and lives of those who lived during this intriguing period complete with elaborate Venetian costumes. Authentic Italian desserts and wines will be served as participants mingle through the streets of Venice, where jugglers, street games and even a palm reader may be found. Music and a short program, depicting the life and times of “An Afternoon in Venice,” will be presented in the grand ballroom.

Cheryl Gelbmann will receive the 2012 Women Making Waves Award for her efforts on behalf of women and children.

Tickets are $35 for general seating, $75 for VIP seating and $150 for VIP seating with elaborate costume rental. All levels of seating include dessert and a beverage. Italian wine tasting and a cash bar will also be available. Also available is a chance on a trip for two to Venice, Italy. This grand prize will be raffled off at the event. Tickets are $100 and available from any Women’s Fund member.

Proceeds from the event will go to support the work of the Women’s Fund in helping enrich and improve the lives of women and girls throughout the Brainerd lakes area, including the successful “Presenting Yourself” program. Sponsorship opportunities with event recognition are also available.

Tickets are available for purchase from any Women’s Fund member, or online at and by clicking on “Events.” For more information, email

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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