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A Valentine dessert dance and silent auction next month will be a major fund-raiser for a new playground at Charlotte Avenue Elementary School in Hamburg.

The dance is at 7 p.m Feb. 13 in the Knights of Columbus, 36 Pierce Ave. It is sponsored by the Charlotte Avenue Playground Project Committee, which hopes to raise $40,000 for the new play equipment.

The new apparatus will replace equipment that is more than 20 years old.

Donated items are being sought for the auction. To donate, contact Becky Lesch at 648-4047. Tickets are available for $15 presale from Betsy Madden at 648-3010 or in the school office. They will be sold for $18 at the door.

Also under way is the sale of sponsorship plaques. Businesses and families donating to the playground will receive a "Giving Tree" plaque with their name to be displayed in the school lobby.

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