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To raise the bar this year for donations, The Northland Salvation Army Corps will host a musically interactive dinner to celebrate the kick-off of the annual Red Kettle Campaign.

What has been a luncheon for many years will be a dinner this year for the kick-off, set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at Argosy Hotel and Spa, 777 NW Argosy Parkway, Riverside.

The evening will include dinner along with entertainment provided by The Fun Pianos Show, a Midwest traveling duo known for comedy, sing-a-longs and dueling pianos.

The Red Kettle campaign is an annual Christmas tradition and is the oldest charitable fundraiser of its kind in the United States. Funds raised from the Red Kettle Campaign help support year-round social programs and seasonal needs for at-risk individuals and families in the Northland, states a Salvation Army release.

“We’re excited because this event will help the Salvation Army Northland Corps continue to be a critical lifeline to those in need right here in our community,” said Maj. James R. Mungai.

Visit www.KettleKickoffDinner.org or call 452-5663 to purchase tickets.

Donations to Salvation Army at Christmastime support local holiday meals for homeless and needy families and help The Salvation Army serve people through a myriad of other services. Examples of these services are Pathway of Hope, a support program that guides families through the process of breaking the cycle of poverty; disaster response services; youth character building programs of music, athletics, arts and crafts, camping and family counseling; Young at Heart, the Salvation Army’s senior activities and services; and Christmas programs that assist families and individuals financially at year’s end with toys, meals and other assistance.

For more information, visit https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/northland/who-we-are/.