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Altrusa cooks up Oktoberfest fun

Tammy Malgesini

East Oregonian

Published on October 9, 2017 4:02PM

John Lauck and his wife, Nancy, enjoy the 2016 Altrusa Oktoberfest. Nancy, who is president of Altrusa International of Hermiston, was co-chair for the 2016 auction. This year’s event is Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Hermiston Conference Center.

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John Lauck and his wife, Nancy, enjoy the 2016 Altrusa Oktoberfest. Nancy, who is president of Altrusa International of Hermiston, was co-chair for the 2016 auction. This year’s event is Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Hermiston Conference Center.


Authentic German food is featured during the Altrusa International of Hermiston’s annual Auction and Oktoberfest Dinner.

Catered by Dinner Thyme, the menu includes beer cheese fondue with rye and wheat bread (for dipping), German meatballs with spaetzle and sauce, creamed cabbage and creamed cucumbers. Be sure to save room for dessert, as the meal is topped off with apfel kuchen (apple cake).

The cost is $30 per person. Those who don’t want to enjoy the meal are invited to come to the auction and place bids. All money raised helps Altrusa in giving back to the community and supporting various local causes.

The event is Saturday, Oct. 14 with the doors opening at 4 p.m. at the Hermiston Conference Center, 415 S. Highway 395. Dinner will be served from 5-7 p.m. and the live auction starts at 7 p.m. The silent auction runs throughout the evening. In addition, a $2,000 Visa gift card will be raffled off. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold, which are $10 each.

Items up for bid includes a two-night stay at the Round Rock House in Yachats. Connie Ferranti, event chairwoman, said it’s always a popular item. The beach-front cottage has two bedrooms and a loft, as well as a fully equipped kitchen, a TV with a DVD player, and a washer and dryer. The winner must use the trip by May 1, 2018.

“That’s a really fun one,” Ferranti said. “It’s a great place at the beach and people seem to like it.”

Other auction items include a Farm-City Pro Rodeo package, a Pendleton Round-Up/Happy Canyon package, a $500 air compressor from John Deere and a gift basket overflowing with Barhyte products. There are many more items up for grabs, Ferranti said.

“Our community is so giving and supportive,” she said. “We get a great turnout, so we’re happy for that. And, we do good things with the money that’s raised.”

Tickets can be purchased from any member of Hermiston Altrusa or the Hermiston Chamber of Commerce, 415 S. Highway 395. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/altrusainternationalofhermiston.

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Contact Community Editor Tammy Malgesini at tmalgesini@eastoregonian.com or 541-564-4539



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