Ryan’s House For Youth celebrates its 10th year with the best Big Red Event Ever! Tickets are on sale now for the 7th Annual Big Red Event, Ryan’s House For Youth Dinner/Auction. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16th at the Coupeville Rec Hall. Doors open at 6pm and dinner is served at 6:30.
Tickets are $50 per person and include dinner along with a selection of local wine and beer. Pork Porchetta or Stuffed Portobello Mushroom dinner will be catered by Ciao in Coupeville and will be served by the RHFY youth.
Musical guest is Award-winning, Segovia-trained guitarist and composer Andre Feriante has been sharing the gift of music with audiences around the world for 30 years. Beginning with his first concert in Rome in 1979, he has introduced a sensual and contemporary sound to an otherwise traditional genre. His creative blend of classical, flamenco and Brazilian styles speaks to people from all walks of life. Andre’s journey began in Italy, where he was born. At age 13, he heard the flamenco guitar and his life changed for ever. By the age of 21, Feriante had studied with the great Maestro Andres Segovia in Spain, played concerts in Europe and North and South America, and was part of the music faculty at two colleges. Feriante’s long career has taken him to hundreds of stages, including Seattle’s Benaroya Hall and The Triple Door. He has played the National Anthem at Key Arena and at a Sounders game at Qwest Field. He has shared the stage with The NW Symphony, Heart, and Alice in Chains. On several occasions, he has been invited to perform for the Jose Carreras International Leukemia Foundation at venues such as Carnegie Hall. Andre has made the move to Whidbey Island where is has hosted the Whidbey Island Summer Guitar Festival in 2017 and 2018.
Whidbey Island’s “Conductor of Fun,” Jim Freeman will host the evening of laughs, games and surprises. This is Freeman’s annual gift to the organization and every one of the 6 prior years have been unique. “It is never the case that if you have seen Jim once you have seen it all,” Executive Director, Lori Cavender states. “Each year he brings something new and hugely entertaining. In fact, most people come just to see what he will do next.”
Auctioned this year will be a great number of local getaways, baskets from local businesses an amazing rug from Music For The Eyes and a brand new Gibson guitar donated by the company.
This years sponsors include Marchele Hatchner and Coldwell Banker Tara Properties, Whidbey Weekly, Don Jaques and Windermere Real Estate, Coastal Community Bank, Seaside and Sylvan, The Goose Grocer, Front Street Realty, Land Title and Escrow of Island County, The Star Store, Carolyn Vanbloeman, Amerigas, Paula Deutsch and Crystal Aguilar
Space is limited, so order your tickets now. Go to ryanshouseforyouth.org or call RHFY at 360-331-4575 to make arrangements. Learn more at www.ryanshouseforyouth.org