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October 26, 2004 > Fremont's Black Tie and Tennis Shoes Ball

Fremont's Black Tie and Tennis Shoes Ball

by Praveena Raman

The Exchange Club of Fremont will be hosting its second annual Black Tie and
Tennis Shoes Ball on Saturday November 13th at the Fremont Marriott from 6:00 p.m. until midnight. "The idea for such an event came from a club in Sacramento" says Erwin Loriaux, Founder and Past President of the Fremont Exchange Club. "It combines the serious side of fundraising with some fun."

What is an Exchange club? It is an all-volunteer national organization that emphasizes community service and helps build men and women's leadership, networking and organizational skills. The first club was formed in 1911 in Detroit Michigan and has since grown and flourished to about 900 clubs throughout the United States. Serving Youth, Americanism and Community Service are the principle program areas of the National organization. Many of the projects in the local areas include fundraising activities to benefit the more vulnerable segment of the population like the homeless, the seniors and the children.

Many years ago, there was an Exchange Club in Fremont. However, it had gone defunct. Two years ago, Erwin Loriaux, a long time resident of Fremont and a Lieutenant in the Fremont Police Department was approached by Chris Christian from the San Jose Exchange Club to start another Exchange Club in Fremont. Lt. Loriaux was already very involved with the community and at that time headed the Community Partnership group at the Fremont Police Department. He found the idea of starting a service club focused on crime and child abuse prevention, patriotism and community service very appealing. The club, started with members from the Citizen's Academy and CERT groups, has grown to 30 members. Membership is open to anyone in the Tri-City area. The Exchange Club meets at least twice a month with a lunch meeting on the 2nd Thursday of a month at Centerville Depot and an evening dinner meeting on the 4th Thursday of a month at Sizzlers' in Newark. In the last two years club members have participated in promoting many community events; the latest being the sponsorship of the July 4th parade and a Make-a-Difference Day project at Niles.

The Annual Black Tie and Tennis Shoe Ball is the primary fundraiser organized by the Exchange Club to benefit area non-profit organizations. This year, the organizations that will be benefiting from this event are Life Eldercare's Meals on Wheels, the Fremont Teen Center and Fremont Homeless Coalition's Project Independence. The evening will feature a fifteen piece band, the Soundwaves, a silent auction and a Business Recognition Award. The silent auction will include tickets donated by Jet Blue airlines and a weekend in a cabin. The Business Recognition Award is a new one this year. The Club will be recognizing businesses for their involvement in the community. Centerville Chevrolet is one of the businesses being recognized this year. The event will also feature a Tennis Shoe Parade with prizes awarded to the best tennis shoes, a $500 raffle. Dance lessons will be given at the beginning of the Ball. "We are hoping to get at least 400 people to the Ball." Says Erwin Loriaux. "However at present we are not near that goal."

The Black Tie and Tennis Shoes Ball will take place on Saturday, November 13th at 6:00 p.m. until Midnight at the Fremont Marriott at 46100 Landing Parkway, Fremont. The cost for attending the Ball is $50 per person. For more information about the Ball or the Club call (510) 494-2077 or go to www.exchangecluboffremont.org

 
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