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Sapphire Lutheran Homes will host a Valentine's Day Double Date Dinner at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

The idea for a double date dinner is for two sweethearts to enjoy a delicious evening meal and live entertainment together. The romantic event is a fundraiser to build the seed money for Sapphire Lutheran Homes' Community Life programs.

Dominic Farrenkopf, director of Community Life at Sapphire Lutheran Homes, said the goal is to build faithful and active community partnerships.

“We do this through benefit dinners we host for other non-profits, educational forums open to the community, our summer concert series, Shakespeare in the Park and our Christmas craft show,” Farrenkopf said. “In order to make all of these events possible, we reach out to the community and share resources. Our community partners come through time and time again with attendance, support and sponsorship.”

Farrenkopf said Sapphire also engages the community through his costumed characters when he visits Hamilton businesses as a leprechaun, Easter Bunny and Santa Claus. 

James Wiberg, Director of Food Services at Sapphire, is preparing the special valentine meal on Tuesday.  

"Please come join us for our Valentine's Day dinner at Sapphire Lutheran Homes,” Wiberg said. “Our team is ready to serve you with a delicious three-course meal, fine wine and fantastic music. At $30 per person, the price is right, the place is right, the mood is set, all we need is you. We look forward to serving you and your sweetheart.”

Wiberg said the meal is a fresh garden salad, bread sticks and an entrée that is a combination of three Italian dishes: beef lasagna, chicken parmesan and shrimp Alfredo. Red and white wine will be served and the dessert is Tiramisu. 

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The entertainment at the event will feature strolling Italian musician, Sergio Ghersetti, and a humorous duo team of performers from Corvallis High School.

"Sergio is a local favorite and very talented musician who will bring another level of enjoyment to the evening," Farrenkopf said. "We also have a group of Corvallis High School students putting on a romantic comedy skit to accompany dessert."

The 10-minute lighthearted performance is called “Jerry Finnegan’s Sister” about the development of a relationship that begins when they meet at age 10. Sarah Cerdena and Austin Mowat will perform the duo they competed with all speech season and took fourth with at the state tournament.

Farrenkopf said he anticipates the dinner will sell out. 

"The last remaining tables will probably go quickly,” he said. “Having this kind of response is very bolstering. It means people get behind our organization and our causes. It also means they can count on us for an exceptional dining experience, coupled with fantastic beverages, music and drama."

Farrenkopf said Sapphire Lutheran Homes had sponsors to make the Double Date Dinner possible.

“Flower Happy, Mikesell's Fine Jewelry, Big Sky Candy and Super 1 Foods know how important Valentine's Day is to couples and jumped at the chance to be a part of this," he said. “Our mission is to provide compassionate, innovative services and amenities to seniors enabling them to enhance and maintain their quality of life. The Double Date Dinner serves the community and raises funds that allow us to host other events.”

Attend the Double Date Dinner at Sapphire Lutheran Homes, 501 N. 10th St., Hamilton. Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased by calling Dominic Farrenkopf at 406-363-2800.  

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