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Empire hosts benefit for cancer patient's family

The Empire Arts Center will host an Old Fashioned Variety Show and Silent Auction to benefit the Brad Sanner family at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 15. The event will feature performances by the North Dakota Ballet Company, Mairi and Maura Ferguson,...

The Empire Arts Center will host an Old Fashioned Variety Show and Silent Auction to benefit the Brad Sanner family at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 15.

The event will feature performances by the North Dakota Ballet Company , Mairi and Maura Ferguson, Bel Canto Studio , the Red River High School Music and Theater Department, the Northern Valley Youth Orchestras and the Downtown Horns .

Silent auction items include resort packages, photography session packages, a variety of signed sports apparel, fine jewelry, paintings and pottery, tickets to local sporting and entertainment events, gift certificates and more.

Brad Sanner, of Grand Forks, has battled medical problems including kidney failure, congestive heart failure and cancerous lymph nodes since 1997. Most recently, he underwent chemotherapy and dialysis for cancerous tumors in November.

Tickets for the Empire event are $20 and are available at the door. For more information, visit www.bradsanner.com , or find the event on Facebook: "Old Fashioned Variety Show for the Brad Sanner Family."

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