A night for LifeWorks

LifeWorks Charitable Foundation will hold the third annual “Night for LifeWorks” fundraiser dinner Thursday at the Fort Museum Opera House. Social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a silent auction. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Entertainment will be provided by the local acoustic group Kozmic Brownies, which includes Kris Karr, Jeff Bluml and Jeremy Ober. They play a mix of originals and covers that range from country to rock.

A program on LifeWorks will be presented before the concert.

The dinner will be at a new location because of its success in past years, said Teresa Naughton, executive director of LifeWorks Community Services.

“We were at Willow Ridge, and we really appreciated that as a venue, but we have outgrown that,” Naughton said.

LifeWorks helps handicapped people learn the skills they need to get a job, maintain skills and integrate with the community.

Most of the organization’s funding comes from Medicaid, Naughton said, but there are additional expenses that are not covered. These costs are paid instead by the LifeWorks Charitable Foundation.

“The LifeWorks Charitable Foundation was recently established,” she said. “It will be essential for such needs as improving facilities and providing seed money for starting new services.”

John and Mary Sersland will tell what LifeWorks means to them when raising a son with special needs in Fort Dodge.

“Its presence enables our son, Peter, to live close to us in a home he can call his own,” John Sersland said. “It also enables him to go to work every day, earn money, and feel like he is a productive citizen just like anyone else. Lifeworks also provides him and their other clients with the opportunity to belong to a service organization and take advantage of a number of recreational activities in the area.”

The silent auction will feature items such as a microdermabrasion package, two tablescapes, an auto detailing package, a half-hour massage from Active Health Chiropractic and six-month subscriptions to The Messenger, Naughton said.

Dinner will be catered by The Cellar.

Tickets are $40 each, and are available at Daniel Pharmacy, the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, Hy-Vee, LifeWorks’ vocational site, and 8th Note Music.