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MT. HELIX -- The most beautiful little office in all of East County is buzzing these days as the Mt. Helix Park Foundation readies for one of the biggest community events of the year.
The annual HeART of Mt. Helix celebration is August 27th and is being organized in the group's new offices, which were constructed high on Mt. Helix with funds raised from earlier HeArt of Mt. Helix events.
"We've already sold 330 ticket,'' Stacy Stotz, the foundation's executive director said Wednesday. "We're getting ready now for the big rush that comes every year at this time.'' There were only eight of the popular table seats left by mid-week.
Mt. Helix Park being on Mt. Helix, with stunning views in all directions, there is a limit to how many people can participate in the exhibition of art, live and silent auctions and experience great food and music in this special location.
"We sell out at 600,'' Stotz said. "We're hoping to get there again this year.''
Check out the park website, www.mthelixpark.org, to purchase tickets or for details on the musicians, restaurants and artists that will be present that night.
This year's event also has an impressive auction operation with donations from state, local and some national leaders in their fields. One of the more interesting local offerings is a chance to buy a dinner catered in the dining room of Mt. Helix's famous revolving house. There are Disney ticket packages, vacation and beach home rental deals and art choices galore as well.
And you don't have to wait for the event to start the bidding. Click here to see some of the auction items and make a bid. The highest on-line bid will start the bidding on the night of the HeArt event and if no one beats it, you've won.
This event, one of the most popular throughout East County each year, raises money to help sustain and improve the park perched high above La Mesa.
Stotz said the group is hoping to clear $65,000 this year and will use the money on a number of projects.
Last year's funds allowed the organization to add the staff time necessary for operating other events in the park, such as East County Earth Day. The foundation also supports other efforts to beautify the park, including the on-going efforts to build a nature trail with sitting areas that is currently under way with leadership and labor supplied by local Boy Scout troops.
For now, all efforts are being directed at the HeART event.
"This is our biggest event of the year,'' Stotz said. "We hope to see you here.''