Altrusa International of Tucumcari will host its annual Cash Party on Oct. 19.
Proceeds will fund Altrusa community service projects throughout the year.
This year’s theme is an “Altrusa Luau” and all guests are encouraged to wear Hawaiian attire to the event.
The Cash Party will be 6 p.m. Oct. 19, at the Tucumcari Convention Center with a dance following the dinner..
Tickets to the event are $100. The price includes dinner for two and the dance.
Event coordinators hope to sell 300 Cash Party tickets. Ticket holders will be eligible to win up to $15,000 in the final drawing. The runner-up will also win $500, and every 25th number called will win a door prize worth at least $100.
“This is our one fundraiser for the year and 90 percent of the proceeds are put back in the community,” said Diane Morency, president of Altrusa. “We encourage everyone to purchase a ticket and come wearing beachwear that evening.”
In 1978 Altrusa held its first “Car Party” with the winner winning a new car. In 2003, the event was changed to a “Cash Party” with the grand prize winner taking home cash instead. Altrusa has used these funds over the years to benefit people locally, regionally, and nationally.
During 2012-2013, Altrusa spent $11,899.46 on various community services projects and programs.
The organization supported the following community projects including: The Tucumcari Train Depot Project, Helping Hands Hospice, Literacy, Camp Safe Haven, New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranches, Ronald McDonald Houses, Hospital Auxiliary, Community Easter Egg Hunt, Earth Day and Outdoor Classroom, Tucumcari Library’s Summer Reading Program, Ministry of Hope, Dunn Park’s Garden, Scholarships for five Quay County schools, the Get Moving, Quay County Fun Run, and other projects throughout year.