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5th annual Ooh La La for the Arts on Oct. 7

BEMIDJI--The Bemidji Area Arts Endowment (BAAE) will hold its 5th annual Ooh La La for the Arts fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Bemidji Town and Country Club.

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Bemidji Area Arts Endowment board members selling tickets for the upcoming Ooh La La for the Arts event. Submitted photo.

BEMIDJI-The Bemidji Area Arts Endowment (BAAE) will hold its 5th annual Ooh La La for the Arts fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Bemidji Town and Country Club.

This year's theme is "Tug, Fish, Fly and Dive for the Arts," a release said. The event will feature four adventure packages as a part of the silent auction to benefit the arts in and around Bemidji:

• Tug Boat Cruise on Lake Bemidji with captain Lloyd Holy

• Scenic Flight around the Bemidji area with pilot Marsh Muirhead

• Muskie Fishing Trip with professional fishing guide Brian Truax

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• Scuba Lesson from The Dive Shop in Bemidji

The silent auction also will include several works of art, handmade and donated by local and area artists, including pottery, jewelry, paintings and more. Eve Sumsky will weave a basket during the event. The basket will be among the silent auction items. Cellists from Bemidji High School will provide a live music performance throughout the evening, organizers said.

One dollar of each beverage purchased at the open bar will benefit BAAE fundraising efforts for the arts. Evening attire is black & white fancy, or funky dress.

Tickets for the event can be purchased online by visiting the Northwest Minnesota Foundation website at www.nwmf.org or in person from Sue Snyder at Remax. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door the night of the event. Tickets are $60 per person. Funds raised from ticket sales and the silent auction will go to the endowment and enable BAAE to continue to provide grants to the arts in our community, the release said.

The BAAE's mission is to "strengthen the long-term financial viability of the Bemidji area arts community," according to the release. Through the years, BAAE has provided substantial funding to local organizations such as the Bemidji Community Theater, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area, Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, Clear Waters Life Center in Clearbook, Mask and Rose Theater, Watermark Art Center, Headwaters School for the Arts, and others.

BAAE is a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation. For more information, visit www.nwmf.org/fund/bemidji-area-arts-fund .

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