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November 7, 2007 > Chabot Goes USO at the Starlight Club

Chabot Goes USO at the Starlight Club

Submitted By Heidi Finberg

On Saturday, Nov. 17, the Chabot College Foundation will recreate the feel of a 1940s United Service Organization (USO) dance for a special benefit event filled with music, dancing, food and memories. From 6 - 11 p.m. that evening, the Officers' Club in Alameda will be transformed into "Chabot Goes USO at the Starlight Club".

Guests will swing and sway to the rhythm of the Chabot College Big Band and the popular hits of the era with special guest vocalist Kristin Korb. The national USO dates back to 1941, and is a private non-profit organization, with the mission of supporting the troops by providing morale, welfare, and recreation-type services to those in uniform.

Participants are invited to go back in time by dressing in period evening attire from the 1940s (black tie optional), and put on their dancing shoes! For those who are rusty on their steps, members of the Linden Street Dance Studio will present displays of ballroom dance and offer individual and group instruction.

"This event is the perfect fun kick-off to the holiday season, and a great way for participants to help support the academic and enrichment programs offered at Chabot College," says Chabot College Foundation Board Member and event Co-Chair, George Famous.

Guests will dine throughout the evening on a tantalizing selection of gourmet hors d'oeurves and desserts created by Horatio's of San Leandro. A hosted wine and beer bar will also be present. A silent auction extravaganza will round out this elegant event, with the proceeds benefiting Chabot College programs. A special addition to the auction is a wide array of items and services donated by Chabot students, faculty and staff, such as dental service and tooth care products from the dental hygiene department and a theater improvisation for a private party from the theater department.

The event will also pay special tribute to Dr. Robert Carlson, the President of Chabot College, who is retiring after dedicating 38 years of his life to higher education. Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Trustees, Senator Ellen Corbett, Assembly member Mary Hayashi and Mayor Michael Sweeney will participate in the program. Dr. Carlson will be presented with the Chabot College Foundation Gladiator Award for extraordinary support of Chabot College and for making our community a better place to live. The award is a commissioned bronze piece of art created by Chabot Art Instructor Clayton Thiel. Previous awardees include Dr. Harry and Isobel Dvorsky, Anthony Batarse, former Chabot President Reed Buffington, Richard Valle and Paul Russo.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. for appetizers and silent auction table viewing. A buffet dinner and live entertainment will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $125 per person and may be obtained by calling (510) 723-6936 or visiting Advance reservations are required. The event is sponsored by California Bank & Trust, Comcast Cable, Horatio's, Northern California Carpenters' Union, Power Presentations, and Tom & Joy Guarino.

Chabot Goes USO at the Starlight Club
Saturday, Nov 17
6 - 11 p.m.
The Albert DeWitt Officers' Club
641 West Redline Ave., Alameda

For Reservations: (510) 723-6936
Tickets: $125

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