The 13th annual Enid Symphony Orchestra Pasta Gala will be 7 p.m. Friday at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, and this year there is a little twist to the event.

The 7 p.m. event, at 518 W. Randolph, will feature a pasta dinner prepared by emeritus board member Joan Allen and other symphony board members and will include Caesar salad, bread, dessert and wine, along with the pasta dinner.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased from symphony board members or at Enid Symphony Center in the Knox Building.

Each year, the board auctions donated items as a fundraiser, but this year the auction is a little more interesting. The auction includes a number of family art pieces and heirlooms from some Enid families.

A piece from Oakwood National Bank and blue glass pieces donated by the Champlin family will be auctioned. Symphony volunteer Susan Schneider said there will be 10-12 heritage items sold.

Last year, the auction raised about $12,000, which goes into the symphony general operations budget.

Symphony Executive Director Doug Newell said ticket sales will be closed out at 5 p.m. today.

“The pasta gala was a board of directors idea to create fundraising activities to help match the income from our grants,” Newell said.

The symphony has created a number of fund-raising activities over the years, but the pasta gala has always been popular with the public, he said.

Board members will serve the meal, assisted by members of the Enid High School Orchestra.

The church will be decorated in an Italian theme.

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