Irish theme for 'Big Night'

By Corey Pride / Cpride@losbanosenterprise.comMarch 22, 2013 

The Los Banos Arts Council held its biggest fundraiser of the year Sunday.

The "Big Night" featured dinner, a silent auction, a raffle and some St. Patrick's Day spirit.

"I think it was our most successful Big Night ever. It's always fun to have a night where everyone dresses up and enjoys wonderful food and music together," said Cyndi Roelofs, the event's organizer.

Roelofs' comment is buttressed by the event having all 175 tickets sold out. Proceeds from the event are not yet known.

Dick Gerbi attended the event with his wife. He said he wished more people could have stayed past intermission -- Big Night lasted a little longer than normal.

Gerbi said Big Night is always fun.

"We bought raffle tickets, but that's not why you go," he said. "We enjoy the fact that we can go out and not spend a lot of money on (gas). There's no other major entertainment within miles of here and it's a way to spend a night out and chat with old friends."

The event departed from the Italian opera that has been performed for the past two years. Instead traditional Irish reels, jigs, hornpipes and polkas set the mood at the St. Patrick's Day fundraiser. The Gas Men, a Bay-Area based quartet, performed.

"The entertainment was great," said Patti Ryan, who won a raffle prize just before the Gas Men took the stage.

Big Night typically raises between $3,000 and $5,000. The money is used for events like plays and the concert series at the Ted Falasco Arts Center.

Roelofs said she's thankful for everyone who helped with the event.

Enterprise reporter Corey Pride can be reached at (209) 388-6563 or by email at

Enterprise reporter Corey Pride can be reached at (209) 388-6563 or by email at

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