Two Friends Fundraising Events Scheduled

Two special events to raise money for Friends of Lake Panorama are planned for this spring. A Super Bowl Party will be held at The Port on Sunday, February 7. On Friday, May 6, a dinner with live music will be held at the Lake Panorama National Conference Center.

First up is the Super Bowl Party at The Port, with a portion of the proceeds going to support the Sunset Beach playground. Paul Wendl, a past owner of The Port, has been working there part-time since last spring.

“We used to have a private Super Bowl party for our friends and always had a great time. I got to thinking we could do something similar, but open it to the public, and raise money for the playground,” he says.

The Port’s usual Sunday brunch will be served earlier in the day. The doors will reopen at 4 p.m. for the fundraising event. Admission is $10 per person. A potato bar with multiple toppings will be included in the admission fee.

Kickoff for the football game is 5:30 p.m., and the game will be available on four televisions. There will be a cash bar, and door prize drawings will be held throughout the evening. For those who don’t care about the game, but want to enjoy the social time, tables will be available for card players and conversation.

The Friends of Lake Panorama will have a table set-up with donor forms and a display showing the Sunset Beach playground. Some members of the volunteer Friends board will be in assisting with the event, and available to answer questions about the playground or other activities of the nonprofit charity.

Preliminary plans for the May 6 fundraiser include a dinner, raffle, silent and live auctions, and live music. If money still is needed to reach the $50,000 playground goal, proceeds will go to that fund. If that goal has been reached, proceeds will be used for other projects endorsed by the Friends board.

Sponsors and hosts will be sought for 30 tables of eight. Each table will be individually decorated with a different theme. Sponsors will be able to choose whether to do their own decorating, or have a volunteer do this. This idea for decorated tables comes from a successful fundraising event in Ogden. Participants will be asked to vote on a “People’s Choice” award for the best-decorated table.

Details will be finalized over the next six weeks, and ticket sales will get underway in March. Donated items are being sought for the raffle and auctions. Anyone with items to donate, or who wants to volunteer as a table host, sponsor or decorator, can send an email to