Heights' candlelight dinner returns with virtual format

A beloved Heights tradition is back on this year after taking a hiatus caused by COVID-19.

The Houston Heights Association's 26th Annual Candlelight Dinner & Auction, which has been a popular event for residents and a key fundraiser for the neighborhood organization, is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. Saturday, May 1 and will be held in a mostly virtual format this year. Instead of gathering in one place, participating diners will enjoy a gourmet meal and auction in groups of 10 or less at residents' homes.

The event was scrapped last year because of the pandemic.

"We're very excited," said HHA board member Carol Welter, who serves as vice president of fundraising and events. "And we've had a good response."

Tickets are $150 per person and can be purchased online until 5 p.m. April 23 at houstonheights.org/event/2021-candlelight-dinner-auction. Each ticket includes a four-course meal with a wine pairing.

Individual ticket purchasers and tables of two must pick up their meals from the Heights Fire Station, 107 W. 12th St., between noon-6 p.m. May 1. Tables of four or more have the option to have meals delivered to their homes in zip codes 77007, 77008 and 77009, while tables of eight and 10 will receive four hours of waiter service including home delivery.

Candlelight diners can choose between three entree options - beef, chicken or fish - but those dining at the same household must select the same entree.

A silent auction will be held on a mobile platform throughout the event, which also will include a short online program as well as a live auction. The live auction items are a piece by local artist Chris Silkwood, a "sip & stroll" guided tour of the True North art installation on the Heights Boulevard esplanade and a private party at Donovan Park that will be catered to kids. The silent auction items include gift cards and gift baskets from local restaurants and businesses, artwork, jewelry and a ride-along with Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen.

For more information and menu details, visit http://houstonheights.org/event/2021-candlelight-dinner-auction/ or email candlelightdinner@houstonheights.org.

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