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April 3, 2018 > Swashbuckling evening at BuccaneerÕs Ball

Swashbuckling evening at BuccaneerÕs Ball

Submitted By Vickilyn Hussey

Music at the Mission salutes champions of the arts and culture in the Tri-City area, and has a ball doing it! The Music at the Mission ÒBuccaneer's BallÓ on Friday, April 13 is a fabulously Òoutside the boxÓ fundraiser for non-profit Music at the Mission and the organizationÕs classical concerts, music education, community outreach, and ChamberFest, a summer music festival for aspiring young musicians. Fremont Bank is the BuccaneerÕs Ball main event sponsor. The BallÕs Sapphire Sponsor is Robson Homes, and Ruby Sponsor is Dutra Enterprises.

ÒWe are very proud to honor champions of the arts and culture in the Tri-City area,Ó said Music at the Mission executive director Aileen Chanco. ÒThis year, we are recognizing the Niles Rotary Club of Fremont and our Volunteer of the Year Katherine Lee.

ÒThe Niles Rotary Club has made Music at the Mission's Outreach Programs possible for countless schools in the Tri-City area through their financial support of our programs. Music at the Mission's goal is to continue to create greater access to high-quality classical chamber music for all ages through our concerts and our outreach programs. Niles Rotary has been the primary funder of this program and we are deeply grateful.

ÒKatherine Lee is Volunteer of the Year because of her countless hours and dedication to Music at the Mission outside of her primary duties as board member, ChamberFest director, and performing artist. She has volunteered at the front of the house during concerts and events when she was not performing.

ÒThis past year, she has worked tirelessly with board president Carmela Waugh to step outside of her level of expertise and go through database software training in order to migrate Music at the Mission's database into a more efficient system for the future.Ó

The annual Mission Masquerade Ball is known for exceptional entertainment, dining, dancing, games, and auctions. At this yearÕs BuccaneerÕs Ball, the organizing committee, chaired by Gael Stewart and Christina Valdez, Krysten Laine, Beth Wong, Carmela Waugh, and Harriet Whitney, have gone overboard with the entertainment, especially The Pirates Charles!

The Pirates Charles is a wildly popular rock/folk-metal band from Los Angeles, featuring three to four-part vocal harmony, violin, flute, mandolin, electric and acoustic guitars, bass and drums. The band is a concert favorite at clubs, music venues, and pirate festivals up and down the coast. Despite their on-stage appearance, this isnÕt a motley crew when it comes to music; one of the band members is virtuoso violinist Steve Huber.

"We use piracy as a metaphor for struggles of daily life, and play music for adventure,Ó explained bandleader Spencer Smilanick. ÒWe combine traditional sea chanty storytelling with modern instrumentation to add dynamic power to our tales of battle, adventure, courage, and victory."

Dress for the BuccaneerÕs Ball is formal or buccaneer-inspired costume. The gourmet three-course dinner menu has three delicious entrŽe choices. All the details and tickets for what promises to be a memorable evening are available online at The deadline for reservations is April 11.

BuccaneerÕs Ball
Friday, Apr 13
6 p.m.
The DoubleTree Hotel
39900 Balentine Dr, Newark
(510) 402-1724
Tickets: $125 or $1,000 for table of 10
Reservation deadline: Apr 11

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