Habitat for Humanity in Arkansas City will hold its annual fundraiser next week — with a bit of a Latin twist.

This year’s event will be May 5 at the V.J. Wilkins Family Center for the Arts at the Burford Theatre, located at 118 S. Summit St.

There still will be a silent auction during the fundraiser, but this year, the live auction will take center stage.

“One of the live auction items at ‘Cinco de Mayo’ is a luxury Mexican vacation in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico,” said event organizer Cindy Freeland.

This vacation is for Sept. 1-8. The accommodations include two king-sized bedrooms with pullout couches, as well as a private plunge pool, a terrace with a magnificent ocean view, pools, tennis, golf, a beach, a kids club, a spa, restaurants and a pool bar.

Event features

Other auction items include a dollhouse with furniture, jump parties, mosaic coffee tables, oil paintings, a barbecue cookout for 12, soup for six months, a shotgun and Kansas City Royals tickets with a hotel stay.

In addition to the live auction, Jan Hatfield and friends will provide entertainment for the night.

Margaritas, piña coladas, wine and beer will be available through a cash bar.

A limited number of tickets are available at the Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce. A full list of the items up for auction can be found there, as well.

Habitat mission

In each of the last 16 years, a Habitat for Humanity house has been built in Ark City.

This accomplishment is possible through the “volunteers and community partners that have assisted physically and monetarily,” Freeland said.

The funds needed each year to build these houses is somewhere between $50,000 to $55,000.

The completion of the 16th house occurred at the end of February.

All proceeds from the fundraiser will go to Habitat for Humanity of Ark City.