The 11th annual Passport to Paradise, a major fundraiser of the Stevens Point Area YMCA and Boys & Girls Club of Portage County, returns on Jan. 19 with a flashback to the iconic 1970s and '80s TV show, "The Love Boat."
The event, from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Stevens Point, will include delicious cruise cuisine, fabulous silent auction items to bid on, live music and dancing.
Passport has earned a reputation for bringing in an eclectic mix of some of the best live music around, and this year will feature jazz dance music by Fat Brass. If quieter conversation is more your pace, new this year is expanded space for people to converse and enjoy each other's company.
Each of the past 10 years, Passport to Paradise has averaged more than 300 attendees and raised more than $30,000 annually. All proceeds are shared evenly by the Y and the Boys & Girls Club and support valuable youth programs, including the YMCA Youth In Government, Teen Leaders Club, Teen Nights, Girls Night Out; and the Boys & Girls Club Power Hour, Keystone Club, The Club, Peer Court and more.
Dozens of community volunteers work yearlong to ensure the event's success. Major sponsors are: Sentry Insurance, Muzzy Broad Casting, The Noel Group, Delta Dental, Spectra Print, WSAW Channel 7 and the Holiday Inn and Convention Center. Advance tickets, available at the YMCA or Boys & Girls Club, cost $50. Tickets cost $60 at the door.
David Morgan is the executive director/CEO for the Stevens Point Area YMCA.