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April 1, 2014 > Rising to the heights

Rising to the heights

Submitted By Boldly Me

Take the opportunity to help others be bold and bravely conquer their fears by attending Boldly Me's Got Talent II at the Marriott Silicon Valley in Fremont. The April 5th event is the second annual fundraiser for Boldly Me, a non-profit organization that offers classes and counseling services for those who are physically different.

Our work is very important to helping people build self-esteem and public awareness for those who feel different. Our self-compassion, physical wellness, and financial stability workshops have helped hundreds of people, says President and Founder Alanna Powell.

Last yearÕs event raised $16,000 and in addition to paying teachers and classroom facility fees, funds were used to help run classes for 30 high school students who are passionate about changing their generation by educating high school students on eating disorders like bulimia, anorexia, and obesity. They have felt pressure to be perfect, causing unhealthy behaviors -children are starving themselves or becoming depressed and even suicidal. These volunteers are trained to take action and educate junior high and high school students in Fremont to learn how to love and accept themselves despite this pressure.

Funds were also used to help homeless communicate with others more effectively and build their self-esteem, focusing on HIV positive women who were in the sex trade at one point in their lives and homeless.

The goal for 2014 is to raise $32,000 so more people can be served. ÒThe importance of this fundraiser is very high. Because we are only two years old, we do not qualify for many grants. So, the funds raised at this event are crucial for us to continue serving the community,Ó says Powell. ÒBoldly Me is an organization that is meant for the people, by the people, and of the people.Ó

Boldly MeÕs mission has reached beyond the Tri-Cities into the ranks of Hollywood; Faith Alpher will be serving as this yearÕs Master of Ceremonies. A member of the prestigious Screen ActorsÕ Guild, Alpher is an actress, stand-up comedienne, and local radio show host who has shared the screen with Bill Cosby, Sally Field, Richard Pryor, Robert DeNiro, and Barbra Streisand. She recently appeared on the ÒSearching ForÓ series on the Oprah Winfrey Network and had a major role in the award-winning Shakespeare Santa CruzÕs production of ÒOthello.Ó Many Hollywood supporters are planning to attend the event including Carolyn Hennesy, Ruth Wilhoit, Camille Licate, Tyler Oxford, and Tess Caccitore.

The eveningÕs entertainment is provided by the organizationÕs students and teachers, featuring Boldly Me Tru Cru Dance Team, Boldly Me Baton Twirlers, Boldly Me Hula Dancers, Boldly Broadway Quest Skits, Boldly Me Basketball Moves, Okamoto Kids Dance, and Chris Koraltan Dance followed by open floor dancing. Alpher and actress Carolyn Hennesy will also do a comedic performance.

Attendees will enjoy a dinner of filet mignon, roasted chicken or butternut squash ravioli. But perhaps of more interest will be the Dessert Auction featuring all things tasty, from chocolate ganache cake, rum cake, and white chocolate meringue bars to apple pastry, cupcakes, and cannoli. Items are donated by La Dolce Vita Pastries, The Depot, Girl Scouts, Go With Barbara Myers Travel, Harriet's Hands, Afghan Coalition Community Bakery, and Irvington High School's Boldquest kids.

Silent auction items include Disneyland Park Hopper Passes, Private Wine Tasting and Tour for six at Fenestra Winery, Harriet's Hands Relaxation and Massage Basket, Painting and Drawings by Boldquest kids, Scott Capen Photography and Bay Area Frames Print, Afana Enterprises Certificates, Fridaze Clothing (Joyce Tang), Raj Mathai tour of NBC Studio, Twisted Silver Jewelry, Fremont Flowers for a Year, and much more.

Organized by Go With Barbara Myers Travel, luxury vacation packages will also be available to places including Hawaii, Cancun, Vietnam and Cambodia, Alaska, Napa Valley, San Francisco, and even the Governor's Ball at the Emmy's in Hollywood. At least 25 percent of the package will be donated to Boldly Me.

Event sponsors include Fremont Bank, Kaiser Permanente, Boomers!, Former First Lady of Fremont Mrs. Linda Wasserman, Jason and Alanna Powell, Brett and Deborah Murphy (Mountain Mike's Pizza), and RS Calibration.

Hear the Boldly Me story, enjoy great food and entertainment, take home a fabulous auction item, and help raise lives to new heights of boldness!

Tickets are $100 per adult and $35 for the childrenÕs buffet (3-12 years). If unable to attend, auction items can be viewed and bid on at Donations are tax deductible. Register for the event online, via e-mail or mail. For more information, call (408) 768-9257.

Boldly MeÕs Got Talent II
Saturday, Apr 5
6 p.m. -10 p.m.
Marriott Silicon Valley
46100 Landing Pkwy, Fremont
(408) 768-9257
Tickets: adults $100, children $35

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