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July 25, 2006 > A Majestic Evening of Hope

A Majestic Evening of Hope

by Sandi Pantages

On Friday, July 28, Niles Rotary, in partnership with the Wheelchair Foundation, The Group Seven Children's Foundation, and the Predrag Stojakovic Children's Foundation will host a Majestic Evening of Hope fundraiser at the Fremont Marriott from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. The event will benefit the Lifeline Humanitarian Organization, a nonprofit organization which will send wheelchairs and medical supplies to all parts of Serbia and Montenegro regardless of ethnicity or religion.

The evening begins with a reception with live ethnic music by DUNAV. Special ticket holders will attend a private V.I.P. reception with celebrity guests. Silent and live auctions will feature sports memorabilia.

Celebrity guests attending the event include HRH Crown Princess Katherine and HRH Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia, Kenneth Behring (founder of the Wheelchair Foundation), Vlade Divac (former NBA All-Star), and Peja Stojakovic (NBA All-Star). Keynote speaker will be Rick King, past Rotary International president. Chris Lewis, Jerry Lewis' son and vice-president of Public Education for the Wheelchair Foundation, will M.C. the event.

The Lifeline Organization notes that "the health care system is in an extremely bad condition owing to the troubles of the past and lack of funds. Vital medical equipment is lacking or broken or over 40 years old. There are 700,000 refugees (5 percent of the world's refugees) in Serbia and Montenegro, and help is desperately needed for these most unfortunate people."

Since 2001, the Prince and Princess have sponsored many charitable events, including events at the Royal Palace in Belgrade. They provide gifts to disabled and orphaned children, in addition to medical supplies that are needed throughout Serbia. Princess Katherine says "these children need not only our warm words of comfort and our smiles, but they need our help as well. Help us make Serbia a better place to live in for these children's' sake - please help us to help them." She adds, "I am privileged to help my country and my people."

Past Rotary International president, Rick King of the Niles (Fremont) Rotary Club speaks of a recent trip to Serbia where he talked to Rotary clubs. He was frequently asked by the Rotarians and residents of Serbia about the Rotary event in Fremont that was going to supply needed wheelchairs and medical supplies for their country. "It's an honor to be part of this effort, which does so much good in this world," says King.

Ticket prices are $150 per person general or $250 per person for V.I.P. tickets and may be purchased online at or by making checks payable to the Niles Rotary Foundation and mailing to: Niles (Fremont) Rotary, P.O. Box 7104, Fremont, CA 94537. The event is open to the public.

For information about the Majestic Evening of Hope contact the Wheelchair Foundation at (925) 791-2340, or visit the event website at
A Majestic Evening of Hope
Friday, July 28
6:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Fremont Marriott
46100 Landing Pkwy., Fremont
(925) 791-2340

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