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Bring your sweetheart and enjoy a delicious “That’s Amore!” dinner and great entertainment by the Montana A Cappella Society at Sapphire Lutheran Homes on Feb. 15.

The funds will assist choir members with their trip to a choral festival in Montecatinni Terme, Italy, in June.

Don Matlock, artistic director, said the meal and performance is not to be missed.

“Our singers are excited about it and if you know anything about the society at all you know everything we do is fun,” he said. “Amore is love in Italian, and for those of us from a certain generation remember Dean Martin and one of his most famous songs was ‘That’s Amore.’ ‘When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore.’ And we’ll do that as a sing along.”

The food is delicious Tuscan-inspired Italian food crafted by Sapphire Lutheran Homes Chef James Wiberg.

“Italy didn’t become consolidated until the 1800s so there is no ‘Italian food’ only regional dishes,” Matlock said. “That’s what makes it special, it will be Tuscan and it is a bit different.”

The menu includes a choice of entrée; lemon cod and wild rice, chicken revenna with bow tie pasta or vegetarian lasagna. All dinners are accompanied by a panzanelle salad, savory roasted butternut squash and garlic bread sticks. A Tuscan dessert, homemade by the gourmet chef members of the society, is castagnaccio and spumoni. Red and white wine are included.

Raffles and songs by the Montana A ‘Capella Society complete the night, making it a fantastic evening.

Matlock said that the performance will include “At Last,” “Junga Jive” and other love songs.

Sapphire Lutheran Home’s dining room is one of the smaller venues, with seating for only 58 guests, creating a more intimate experience for the audience.

“It is getting us ready to go to Italy,” Matlock said. “It will be fun.”

In Italy, the Montana A Capella Society will perform at the Choral Festival and to underserved Italian audiences — senior centers, children’s homes, a children’s orphanage hospital and schools. The singers will perform in Rome at the Vatican and the Jesuit College, the educational arm of the Catholic Church.

In November, Governor Steve Bullock designated the Montana A Cappella Society as Montana’s “Ambassador of Song.”

“The Montana A Cappella Society embodies the Montana spirit of generosity by contributing their time and talent to support the efforts of other nonprofit organizations and bring joy and a smile to underserved communities,” Bullock said. “On behalf of all Montanans, I offer my best wishes for success on your trip and I thank you for bringing the international language of music [to] people across the world.”

One suggestion for the “That’s Amore!” Valentine’s Dinner is to double date by purchasing a pair of tickets for you and your sweetheart and inviting another couple to purchase a pair of tickets so you can share a table for four. Banquet seating will also be available.

Tickets for the dinner and performance at 7 p.m., on Feb. 15, are $40 each and count as a chance to win a dozen roses from Flower Happy. For tickets and to make your entrée selection call Sapphire Lutheran Homes at 406-363-2800 or Don Matlock at 406-353-5778 or 406-369-0706 by Monday, Feb. 11.

Dominic Farrenkopf, director of community engagement at Sapphire Lutheran Homes, said the “That’s Amore!” meal will be a wonderful experience.

“Sapphire Lutheran Homes is excited about doing another dinner for the Montana A Cappella Society,” he said. “We understand what an honor it is for the singers to be invited to perform in Italy. We are looking forward to this elegant meal and of course the fantastic entertainment provided by the Montana A Cappella society.”

Farrenkopf encourages people to purchase their tickets as soon as possible so his chef can process menu requests in a timely manner.

The dinner is made possible by generous sponsors: Big Sky Candy, Flower Happy, Super One Foods, Mikesell’s Fine Jewelry and Rosewood Wellness Center.

The Montana A Cappella Society must be fully funded for their June trip to Italy by April 1 and is a 501C3, so donations are tax deductible.

The Montana A Cappella Society is also having a raffle with the prize for one winner to receive tickets for two to travel to Italy with the group.

The prize includes: round trip airfare, hotel accommodations with breakfast, six out of eight dinners, and admission to all the attractions the society attend. There are only 500 tickets being sold and cost $50 each. To purchase a ticket and accompany the Montana A Cappella Society on their next adventure, contact Don Matlock at 406-369-0706.

Fundraising includes selling Tuscan salts and trip raffle tickets at the Hamilton Flea Market each Saturday.

To find out more about the Montana A Cappella Society visit their website MTacappella.com.

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