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April 5, 2011 > Women's Club Spring Fling goes south of the border

Women's Club Spring Fling goes south of the border

By Julie Grabowski

Spring has sprung and hearts are longing for fun and sunny getaways. But that exotic little escape might be closer than you think. The Tri-Cities Women's Club offers a reviving dose of Mexicana with their 26th annual Spring Fling.

While fashion shows have been the highlight of all past events, this year's theme "Mexican Rhythms" breaks the mold, offering cultural dances from Grupo Folklorico Santa Paula, with accompanying tasty Mexican dishes prepared by the hosting Hilton Hotel.

The Tri-Cities Women's Club is a nonprofit social and philanthropic group that has been enjoying each other's company and serving the community since 1962. Over 100 members strong, they meet on the third Tuesday of every month at the Fremont Elks Lodge where they play cards and games in the morning followed by a luncheon and business meeting. Special programs are also offered several times a year with guest speakers or entertainment, and members participate in several smaller groups such as book group, bridge, and mini-tour groups traveling mostly in the Bay Area.

The Spring Fling is their one annual fundraiser, held to benefit a charity within the community. Potential candidates are presented at the business meeting and members cast ballots to choose from nominated groups. This year's proceeds will go to Abode Services, a homeless shelter in Fremont whose various programs are dedicated to creating stability and independence for low-income and homeless individuals in Alameda County.

Other projects conducted throughout the year include preparing Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets for families along with Christmas presents, collecting layette items for expectant mothers, and sending contributions to local organizations like Tri City League of Volunteers (LOV) and George Mark Children's House in San Leandro, which provides comfort and care to children with life-limiting illnesses and their families. These endeavors are made possible by donations from club members and local merchants.

The Spring Fling is first and foremost a benefit, with its primary purpose to support Abode, but it also has the added bonus of being "a very nice social affair," according to Tri-Cities Women's Club President Lucy Oliver. "It's considered the social highlight of our year."

Attendees will enjoy good company, colorful entertainment, and the opportunity to win wonderful raffle and door prizes. Don't miss this opportunity for a fun local escape while supporting a worthy cause.

Tickets are $45 and purchasing in advance is recommended, as only a limited quantity will be available at the door. To purchase tickets call Betty Nylander at (510) 797-9957 or Pat Goodwin at (510) 793-6329. For more information on The Tri-Cities Women's Club or to join, please contact Marilyn Prows at (510) 793-6830.

Tri-Cities Women's Club Annual Spring Fling
Saturday, April 9
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Hilton Newark/Fremont
39900 Balentine Dr., Newark
(510) 797-9957
(510) 793-6329
Tickets: $45

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