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April 11, 2006 > A Casual Affaire

A Casual Affaire

by Sabrina Mahajan

"Volunteers are vital to enabling this country to live up to the true promise of its heritage." - Bill Clinton

As former President Clinton said, volunteers are important part of any society and active volunteerism is beneficial to all. League of Volunteers is a nonprofit agency founded in 1979 to fill up the gap left by cutbacks in school funding. It was founded with the mission to promote volunteerism and enhance the quality of life in the Tri-Cities and to meet the needs of youth, senior citizens and the needy. Today, 27 years later, LOV proudly operates approximately 40 different community service programs at their community service centers throughout the Tri-Cities area.

This year, LOV's 27th birthday will be celebrated with a fantastic birthday party on Sunday, April 23. Shirley Sisk, Executive Director at LOV said "This fun-filled evening comprising of dinner, entertainment and live auction promises to be magical for everyone." The event will kick off with pre-dinner musical entertainment followed by a prime rib dinner with salad, baked potatoes, and three-cheese pasta, mixed vegetables, birthday cake and beverage.

Main entertainment will be provided by the amazing Marcus Raymond, a hysterical prop comedian whose extraordinary escapes and amazing juggling feats guarantee big laughs. The wildest stunts performed with the most unusual objects and an escape promises to live you in stitches. Marcus has performed on Evening Magazine, Mornings on 2, ABC Morning News, numerous fairs and festivals and theater & comedy clubs. His high energy is infectious - and you will leave the evening wanting more.

The other magic of the evening will be a live auction - LOV's own "funky auction" where Board Members, staff and some talented volunteers will put themselves "on the block" for services you will want to bid on. To highlight a few of the unusual items available for winning bidders - President Jan Vincent is sending her husband, Richard Ahlbrant on the auction block for some lucky person to shave off his beard - right there and then. Jan & Richard will be bringing the shaving supplies. Also Marcus Raymond, to show his support for LOV's free summer recreation for kids, is donating his services for an indoor rock-climbing lesson and lunch. Vice President Donna Sisk will put together a DVD presentation with 100 of your selected photos and 3 of your favorite songs, Board Member Cherie Tarantino, who does wonderful balloon sculptures will do a balloon party. Board Member Betty Cole will provide four, 1 hr vocal or piano lessons and Executive Director Shirley Sisk, an avid Raiders fan, will take someone to a Raider game - complete with pick up in the Tri Cities, BART to the game and then a treat to food and beverage at the game.

The proceeds of this event will benefit LOV's free six week summer recreation in the parks for ages 6 to 12. The Program includes free lunch, games, sports, arts and crafts, special guest visitors and two field trips. Also benefiting from the Night of Magic is LOV's free 10 week teen program Y.E.S! - Youth Encouraged to Serve. The teens will have their own teen room with pool table, movies, computers and Internet access. They will enjoy special guests, crafts projects, Voices - choral instruction, indoor and outdoor games and field trips earned through community service. Last year they went to an A's game, on a fishing trip out of Pillar Point and to the Monterey Bay Aquarium - all earned through service projects such as Meals on Wheels, helping with the parks program lunches and cleaning up Senior Citizen's yards.

All reservations must be made in advance by April 17. Tickets are $30 per person and will include an opportunity to draw a ticket for a special prize.

To learn more about this event or to auction your services, please contact Executive Director Shirley Sisk at (510) 793-5683.

A casual affaire
Sunday, April 23
5:30 p.m.
Fremont Elks Lodge
38991 Farwell Drive, Fremont

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