DANVILLE — Six years ago, employees at Sycamore Services were sitting around trying to think of creative ways to raise funds for their organization.
"We wanted something we would enjoy doing and everyone would enjoy coming to," said Karen Houk, an executive assistance at Sycamore, which provides training and services for individuals with disabilities.
They asked themselves what their favorite thing is. The answer - going to the beach.
From that, Tiki Time was born. The annual fundraiser, Sycamore Service's largest, enters its sixth year. It's Saturday at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Complex, 1900 E. Main St., Danville.
Houk says there are many who share their sentiments about the beach.
"We tell people to wear their Hawaiian shirts and sandals," she said. "We want them to be comfortable and have a good time. The people who attend do have a good time. That's why we've repeated it."
Tiki Time always includes a dinner, dance, and both live and silent auctions. Dinner is catered this time by The Coachman restaurant in Plainfield. Brownsburg's Green Street Tavern returns to provide drinks.
Live auction items include condo stays in Florida, Southwest Airline tickets, and handcrafted jewelry from Nelson's. Silent auction items include hotel stays and dinners.
New this year is a pirate flavor, complete with a plank walk and treasure hunt.
Houk estimates attendance at Tiki Time has doubled since it started. She said she sees familiar faces year to year.
"But we see new ones every year too," Houk said. "That's what lets us know it's working."
Tickets are $30 each or $225 for a table of eight. For reservations or more information, call 745-4715 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.