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Patty Partiers will 'watch' for gold ticket

PATTY PARTY

WHAT: An Albany ARC fundraiser for Masters Level Special Olympics

WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: 226 W. Broad Ave.

GRAND PRIZE: Reverse raffle winner gets a Rolex watch or $15,000

TICKETS: Each ticket, good for two people, is $100

ORDER TICKETS: Go to www.albanyarc.org, or contact Calhoun at (229) 347-3910.

ALBANY -- It may not be a pot o' gold, but an early brush with the luck o' the Irish on Thursday night will bring something shiny gold -- or, if preferred, green -- to someone at the Albany Advocacy Resource Center's Patty Party on Thursday night.

"The ticket is a reverse raffle," said Laura Calhoun, one of the organizers of the event. "The final number drawn will win a men's Presidential gold Rolex watch or $15,000 in cash."

The Patty Party starts at 7 p.m. Thursday and will be the debut event at a new conference center Albany businessman Bob Brooks is opening at 226 W. Broad Ave., the former location of Goodwill Industries.

"He has redone that as a conference center," Calhoun said. "It's kind of a grand opening for that, too."

Tickets to the Patty Party are $100 each, but are good for two people to attend. Each ticket is also good for four drinks and a buffet dinner that is being catered by Riverfront Bar-B-Q.

There will be a cash beer and wine bar, along with a number of tables displaying the programs conducted by Albany ARC.

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The tickets are the same price, regardless of whether an individual attends alone.

"They need to bring somebody or split it with someone at the office," Calhoun said. "For two people, it's a good deal. For $100, you get food, drinks and you help a great cause."

That cause is the Masters Level Special Olympics, which is for competitors ages 21 and older. "They lost their funding, so this is a fundraiser that will go specifically toward that," she said.

Special Olympics is one of the programs that Albany ARC is involved with. Albany ARC was organized in 1963 as an advocacy organization for people with disabilities and to foster the development of programs on their behalf. The nonprofit is accredited by CARF International (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities).

A silent auction will also be held during the party, which will be emceed by Doug Lorber, a familiar face to those who attend Theatre Albany performances. He'll also be the raffle master when 20 tickets out of the total sold are pulled for the reverse raffle.

Calhoun said a ticketholder doesn't have to be present when the grand prize is announced to win it. The tickets can be purchased online at www.albanyarc.org, or contact Calhoun at (229) 347-3910.