PITTSBURG — The Mirza Shrine Temple will be filled with 50 years of nostalgia to help a local family Friday.
The Mirza Shrine is bringing back its A Night to Remember event after 10 years to raise money for the family of a shriner who died late last year. At its core, A Night to Remember is a dance, but Event Organizer Tom Spurgeon said it is much more than that.
Along with the Mirza Shrine Temple’s dance floor, lights and disco ball, Spurgeon has brought in a professional grade sound system, a concert PA system and a large projector. For A Night to Remember, he won’t just be playing music as the host, but projecting recordings of live concerts from over 90 artists from the ‘50s through the ‘80s.
“It is kind of like seeing 90 different artists from the past in concert, right here in Pittsburg,” Spurgeon said. “So it is a dance, but there’s more to it than that.”
Doors to the event open at 8 p.m. Friday, and the event takes place upstairs at the Mirza Shrine Temple on 5th Street. Admission to the event is $10.
A Night to Remember will also include a silent auction with items donated from all around the community. The silent auction includes everything from autographed sports memorabilia, a Mirza Shrine embossed Red Ryder bb gun donated by Daisy and a 1960 Gibson classical guitar — donated by Spurgeon and his wife.
“Businesses and people in the community have really come together for this event and donated a lot of really great things,” Spurgeon said.
Spurgeon urged anyone planning to attend A Night to Remember to bring snacks and the beverage of their choice. The Mirza Temple received a temporary license to allow attendees to bring their own alcoholic beverages if they choose.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.