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September 10, 2013 > Water Gala for acceptance and self-esteem

Water Gala for acceptance and self-esteem

Submitted By Boldly Me

Boldly Me is excited to present our first "Water Gala" at Aqua Adventure Water Park in Fremont on Saturday, September 14. Aqua Adventure is the perfect place for Boldly Me, with a semi private area that will be sectioned off for people who would like to enjoy the warmth of the sun, relax, play, and be who they naturally are.

The "Water Gala" is meant to be a critical part in the healing process of building self esteem and public awareness around physical differences. The event allows people to share and educate others on different conditions from which people silently suffer. One of the most active members of the community has professed that fear of judgment and rejection due to psoriasis has stopped him from swimming and enjoying the water. This is a problem we can fix as a community from the inside out and the outside in. The "Water Gala" is intended to: educate oneself, educate the public, and practice letting go of fear. As a community, we can show support for those who silently struggle for acceptance; to let them know they are loved and accepted.

"Many people are terrified to get in a bathing suit and play publicly at a pool because they fear judgment, 'I'm too big, too small, too bald, too hairy, too freckled, too pale, too dark, too wounded' are some of the reasons we have witnessed," says Boldly Me Founder Alanna Powell. "So we created this exciting event where everyone can be free to swim, sunbathe, watch entertainers, dance, and just enjoy the sun in a loving, accepting environment. Fear is the greatest issue: fear of judgment, rejection, and ridicule. Boldly Me wants to wipe that fear out of people's minds. We invite everyone to join us. If finances are an issue, please tell us so we can help you attend the event."

Enjoy a picnic lunch, watch entertainers, play in sparkling pools, drop down awesome water slides, play fun games, or simply bask in the sun at this lively, fun-filled water celebration! The amazing entertainers include fire twirler Kurtis Hubbell, our baton twirling team led by Karla Hubbell, Boldly Broadway Show led by Molly Rosen and Tracy Travis, singer Taylor Kennedy accompanied by guitarist/drummer Josh Kennedy, Janice Sung and hula dancers from the City of Fremont Parks and Recreation Dance Program.

Event sponsors include the Boldly Me Board of Directors; Fremont Bank Foundation; Fremont Flowers; Washington Hospital; Kymberlee Bateni of Realty Experts; and Bernard, Balgley & Bonaccorsi, LLP. Jewelry designers from Gold N Time have designed beautiful custom jewelry to help raise awareness and build confidence for the people we serve.

Funds raised from the "Water Gala" will help pay for our School Projects Program. Starting this fall, we will teach the Boldly Me Self Esteem & Communication Class to K-12 classes throughout the Bay Area including Fremont, Newark, Union City, Pleasanton, Livermore, and Santa Clara. These funds are critical to execute this program that will help students and their families learn how to positively assert themselves in non-violent ways and how to deal with disappointment, fear, and anger. Simply attending this event or making a donation of time, talent, or money will help us bring safety to our schools.

Boldly Me partners with other non-profit organizations including the Downs Syndrome Connection, Drivers For Survivors, Samuel Merritt University, and Lara Calvert York of the Fremont Education Foundation. If you are interested in volunteering, partnering, or coming to any of our events and classes, please contact us. Fall classes include baton twirling with self esteem and communication, ballet and tumbling, theater and voice, staff twirling for boys, basketball, drawing and art, relaxation and massage, and hip hop dancing.

Tickets for the "Water Gala" include a "hot off the grill" meal, admission to the park, and the Boldly Me experience. Adult tickets are $35.99 per person and $30.99 for children (3 - 10 years old). Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. For more information, call (408) 768-9257 or go to

Water Gala
Saturday, Sept 14
11 a.m. to closing
Aqua Adventure Water Park
40500 Paseo Padre Pkwy., Fremont
(408) 768-9257
Tickets: Adults $35.99, children $30.99

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