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April 3, 2007 > Niles Rotary holds Elimination Raffle

Niles Rotary holds Elimination Raffle

Fremont Education Foundation After School Band and Guy Emanuele Sports Fund, Fremont Symphony Orchestra Children's Concerts, Tri-City Health Center ultrasound machine, YMCA camp scholarships, Fremont Police K-9 safety vest, Friends of Children with Special Needs classroom equipment - what do these programs have in common? These are just a few of the 16 organizations and programs that benefited from last year's Niles Rotary's Annual Elimination Raffle.

This year's event will be on Friday, April 27 at 6 p.m. at the Sunol Valley Country Club. Sponsored by the Niles Rotary Club in Fremont, the event is a dinner, auction, and elimination raffle. Only 500 tickets are sold, and 53 case prizes are awarded at the event, with a $5,000 grand prize awarded to the holder of the last number drawn. Tickets are $100 each (which includes dinner for 2), and are available from Niles Rotary (www.nilesrotary.org, or by calling event chairman Jack Rogers at 510-793-3843.)

Donations in 2006 were also awarded to Young Life for multimedia equipment, to Grounded for Life Youth Ministries for Fine Arts Team scholarships to lower income families, to Family Service of the Tri-Cities for equipment, to Stellar Academy for Dyslexics for classroom furniture, to the Fremont Libraries Booklegger Program to replace worn out Booklegger books, to the Alameda County Library's Write to Read program for bilingual literacy workshops, to an orphanage for tsunami victims in India, to Fremont Cultural Arts Council's Art in the Park event, to SAVE for a new telephone system.

In addition, the funds raised by Niles Rotary are given to the Niles Rotary Foundation to support ongoing club projects such as dinner served at the Centerville Free Dining Room several times each year, dinners for the winter relief families of the Tri-City Homeless Coalition, and youth scholarships. Several years ago, the Niles Rotary Foundation made significant contributions to the BridgeWay Apartments of the Tri-City Homeless Coalition.

"These donations enhance lives in our community in many ways," says event chairman Jack Rogers, who will be Niles Rotary's club president in 2007-2008. Rogers adds, "It's all about supporting these important organizations in our community, and we work very hard to make the event a success. Niles Rotary believes in our community, and we do everything we can to benefit our local non-profit organizations. That's what community is all about."

The Tri-City Health Center has received from Niles Rotary medical equipment (an ultra-sound machine and a colposcope), which are important to the women's services program; the equipment will help ensure the continued delivery of quality pre-natal care at the Health Center, and will provide early detection and timely attention in treating cervical cancer. According to Kathy Lievre, Tri-City Health Center Director and a Niles Rotarian, "it is comforting to know that the Tri-City Health Center continues to make a difference in the health of our community by providing high quality treatment among poor and underserved populations with these life-saving tools."

Niles Rotary, along with other service clubs in the area, have made donations to support the Fremont Symphony Orchestra's annual Children's Concerts in the Ohlone College gymnasium - in one morning, about 3,500 grade school children in Fremont are introduced to symphonic music at a live performance of the Fremont Symphony Orchestra. Niles Rotarian Sandi Pantages, and a volunteer with the Fremont Symphony, notes "these educational performances are an important investment in the community as they foster a deeper knowledge of, and appreciation for, music and other performing arts in school-age children, who are the concert-goers and community supporters of the future."

The After School Band of the Fremont Education Foundation received a donation from Niles Rotary Foundation to fund an After School Band class for an entire year; Fremont Education Foundation sponsors band classes for students in grades 4-6 at every elementary school in the District. One band parent comments how "the kids are learning and having fun too!" At Glenmoor School, a band parent compliments band teacher Joe Ayers, noting how dedicated he is, wanting all the students to succeed. She adds that the "band and students are thriving under Mr. Ayer's direction, and they sound great! The band program inspires more people than you realize. I never even knew my dad played the trumpet when he was young, but he told my son he found his old trumpet and is practicing so they can play a duet next time he visits."

Niles Rotary Elimination Raffle Dinner
Friday, April 27
6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sunol Valley Country Club
6900 Mission Rd., Sunol
For information call: 510-793-3843
Or visit www.nilesrotary.org

Ticket: $100
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