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Winter visitors and Havasu locals unite for good cause - ReInvention

February 14, 2019

An example of winter visitors’ contribution to Lake Havasu City’s arts and entertainment scene is Hospice of Havasu’s ReInvention event, now in its fifth year. The event began in the fall of 2013 when Hospice of Havasu Special Events/Fundraising Coordinator Kelly Parks met Deb Porter, a longtime winter visitor from Michigan.

Porter thought that an art show and silent auction featuring art pieces created from repurposed or found items would be a fun way to bring the community together and raise funds for Hospice of Havasu programs. A team of event “ambassadors” work tirelessly to create art pieces, recruit others to sign up to make and donate their own pieces, and help spread the word about the event.

In addition to providing support for ReInvention, the ambassador team also brings together winter visitors, or as one of them refers to herself, “winterbirds” and fulltime residents.

About 15 percent of the team live in Lake Havasu City year round, and the rest hail from cooler locales such as Washington State, Michigan, Canada, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Iowa, just to name a few. Many of the winter visitors have participated in ReInvention since the beginning, and consider it an annual tradition.

This year’s ReInvention is on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Nautical Beachfront Resort Convention Center. Tickets are $16 per person online at hospiceofhavasu.ticketspice.com/reinvention-2019, or $20 at the door. For information, call 928-453-2111 and ask for Kelly Parks.