Bid on a Valentine’s Day treat for a good cause

HOUGHTON – This Valentine’s Day will be especially sweet for attendees of the Copper Country Community Arts Center’s annual fundraiser Parade of Confections. The event includes a silent auction of jewelry and art as well as a live dessert auction, during which volunteers parade the delicious donations through the crowd.

“A lot of the paraders like to match their outfit to their dessert and people like to dress up for this event,” Loukus said. “It’s also fun to see people get into bidding ‘wars’ over a cake, but it’s all in good fun and to support the arts in our community.”

Last year, the CCCAC raised about $5,000 and are expecting to see a similar, and hopefully greater, amount after this year’s event. Proceeds include admission price, auctions and general donations, including matching donations where the donor will match a dessert bid up to $100. The money raised during the Parade of Confections supports the CCCAC’s many programs including classes, exhibits and community events.

“The proceeds from the Parade of Confections help with programs and operations at the Arts Center,” said Bonnie Loukus, assistant director of CCCAC. “From helping to purchase class supplies and tools to helping to maintain a large building, we rely on our fundraisers and community support to run a successful center.”

The event will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Michigan Technological University Lakeshore Center. The parade will begin at 7. Tickets are $10 each or two tickets for $15 if purchased in events. Tickets are available at the Copper Country Community Arts Center at 126 Quincy Street in Hancock until 6 p.m. on Thursday, after which they can purchased at the event. The event features a silent auction, live auction, food and live music by Mike Irish.

“There are also individual gourmet desserts under $10,” Loukus said “(just in case) you get outbid and still need a Valentine’s treat.”