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February 3, 2004 > Candle Lighters Light the Way

Candle Lighters Light the Way

On Saturday, January 24th, the Candle Lighters, a nonprofit organization of over 110 volunteer women (and husbands) distributed funds raised from operation of their annual ghost house, located at the Chadbourne Carriage House in Fremont. This tradition to benefit locally based (Fremont, Newark & Union City) nonprofit organizations has been followed since 1969. Four local organizations were presented with checks for special projects and the City of Fremont Water Park Project was the recipient of the first installment of a multi-year Special Project Award.

Parlimentatian, Carrie Follett presented the awards with the help of President Sharon Candelario. Accepting checks at the ceremony were:

Eva Ricciarelli for Mission Peak Heritage Foundation who received $6,495 for the construction of a Victorian Garden Gazebo in the butterfly garden at the Shinn House. She said, "This will make it happen!"

Larry Osborne for the Fremont Youth Symphony who received $2,989 for Orchestral Chimes. He commented that this will complete a percussion ensemble, rare for a group of their type. The symphony includes over 150 kids, in three orchestras and one band.

Dorothy Bradley, President of the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum who received $1,744 for an Antique Popcorn Machine on Cart. She was thrilled and said that when movies begin to be shown on Sundays in February, March and April at Niles Hall, "What are movies without popcorn?"

Kidango Executive Director, Bruce Miller accepted $12,881 to replace a floor and purchase furniture for a classroom. He said that the donation would make a huge difference for the organization and the kids they serve. He praised the Candle Lighters for their "dedication to the quality of life" in our area.

Annabel Holland, Director of the City of Fremont Park and Recreation Department, accepted a check for $15,000, the first installment of a continuing pledge by the Candle Lighters towards the construction of Fremont's Water Park project. She outlined the design and construction schedule for the park and said this grant from the community allows the city to be eligible to receive a $600,000 state grant. Now that's leverage!

Candle Lighter 2003 Officers:
President, Sharon Candelario; 1st V.P. Debra Keller; 2nd V.P. Debra Keller; 3rd V.P. Linda Higgins; Recording Secretary, Madalynn Chapman; Corresponding Secretary, Pat Boddy; Treasurer, Bev Brown; Communications, Theresa King; Membership, Sue Sauvageau; Social, Pat Keller & Riki Twist; Parliamentarian, Carrie Follett.

Congratulations to all Candle Lighters on another successful year.

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