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September 10, 2008 > Ice Cream Social for young cancer patients

Ice Cream Social for young cancer patients

Submitted By Marla Blowers

Local cancer patients and their families have a friend in the Newark Optimist Club. Optimist volunteers will hold a community-wide Ice Cream Social on Sunday, Sept. 14 in their on-going effort to aid kids diagnosed with cancer. This event is part of the Optimist International Foundation's Childhood Cancer Campaign.

Admission will include an ice cream sundae or root beer float, live entertainment, a raffle ticket, bottled water or coffee. There will be activities and bags of school supplies for children. Newark Police Explorers will be on hand to fingerprint kids and promote the DARE and GREAT Programs; the Newark Fire Department will conduct fire safety classes in their fire prevention trailer. Attendees will be served by a host of local "celebrity" scoopers. Tickets are available prior to the event or at the door.

Entertainment will include: 12 noon - 1 p.m. Newark's famous Yowza Band, 1:15 p.m. Illusionist Ryan Adler, 2 p.m. Harmony Fusion, a women's Sweet Adeline's group, and at 3 p.m. the Peninsulaires, a men's barbershop group. Bob Marshall will be the MC for the afternoon.

A raffle will include gift baskets for adults and children, beautiful quilts, bicycles with helmets, hotel and restaurant gift cards and certificates for other services in the Tri-Cities area.

This will be the 4th Annual Ice Cream Social to benefit children with cancer. Funds raised last year enabled Optimists to purchase 100 journals and 100 plush toys for Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto. Assistance was given to provide emergency housing for a single mom whose child was critically ill at Lucile Packard. A donation of $1,000 was made to help set up a new pre-school room at Lucile Packard for youngsters undergoing long term cancer treatment.

Funds were also sent to the Optimist International Foundation Childhood Cancer Campaign which, in turn, has granted Johns Hopkins University Medical Center Oncology Department $1,000,000. Research is under way to cure leukemia in children through monies that, joined with other Optimists across the world, will make the world a better place for children everywhere. We are available to offer aid to local families dealing with children ill with cancer.

The Newark Optimists are part of Optimist International, one of the world's largest civic service organizations. With 114,000 members in 3,500 clubs, Optimists are known for "Bringing Out the Best in Kids." The organization has declared the Childhood Cancer Campaign (CCC) as their primary thrust in their attempt to "rid the world of childhood cancer."

Ice Cream Social
Sunday, Sept 14
12 noon - 4 p.m.
Newark Pavilion
6430 Thornton Blvd., Newark
(510) 793-1498

Admission at the door
$10 adults, $5 children age 12 and under
$25 for a family of 2 adults and 1 or more children

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