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September 28, 2010 > Annual champagne omelet brunch

Annual champagne omelet brunch

Submitted By Sara Lamnin and Dave Elkins, Hayward Rotary Club

Hayward Rotary Club will hold its 2nd Annual Champagne Omelet Brunch on Sunday, October 10, with all proceeds benefiting Hayward children. Last year, the Club served more than 500 meals at the Omelet Brunch and raised more than $10,000. Hayward Rotary's success would not have been possible without the generous donations of sponsors and guests. This year funds raised will help the 7th Annual Third Grade Dictionary Project, and the St. Rose Hospital Silva Children's Medical and Dental Clinic. Both programs provide vital services to the most vulnerable populations in our community.

Since the Hayward Rotary Club began the Dictionary Project in 2003, every third grader in the Hayward School District has received a dictionary. To date, 15,000 dictionaries have been distributed to Hayward students. Research has shown the number of books in the home is significantly related to children's reading scores. For many recipients, these dictionaries are the first and only book in their homes. It is truly a rewarding experience seeing the faces of these children light up as they receive their books. Our goal is to continue providing dictionaries to each new class of third graders entering the Hayward School system. The project's annual operating cost of approximately $18,000 is comprised solely of the cost of the dictionaries; administrative needs are taken care of by the community, and Rotarians volunteer their time to distribute the dictionaries directly to students in their classrooms.

The Silva Pediatric Medical and Dental Clinic at St. Rose Hospital serves under-served and uninsured children in Hayward and the surrounding areas with affordable, quality healthcare in a nurturing environment. The clinic provides pre-school immunizations, well-baby care, dental services, and urgent care for children from birth to 18 years of age. In 1994, Hayward Rotary began raising funds for inoculations when it was discovered that more than 40 percent of children in Hayward's community had not been fully immunized by the age of two.

Together with the Alameda County Health Department, it was determined that the only way to make a real difference was to set up a full pediatric clinic in Hayward. The Silva Clinic, named for long-time Hayward resident and benefactor Angelina Fontes Silva, was established in only nine months.

The concept of including dental services at the Silva Pediatric Clinic was born from a dire need for pediatric dental care in the Hayward community. Lack of access for children with dental disease was the number one obstacle physicians faced as they cared for patients at the Pediatric Clinic; approximately 600 to 800 children were diagnosed with significant dental problems that required a referral to a dentist. In 1999, with help from the community, service expanded to include dental care for children at the Silva Clinic.

A few remaining tickets are available for the Omelet Brunch at $10 per person, $5 per child (age 10 and under), and $100 for a book of 12 tickets. RSVP by October 6. Checks should be made payable to Hayward Rotary Foundation and mailed to Steve Rubiolo, 20519 Cambridge Avenue, Hayward, CA 94541. Credit card payments accepted.

To purchase tickets, make a donation, sponsor and support Hayward Rotary's 2nd Annual Champagne Omelet Brunch, please contact Steve Rubilio at (510) 276-5626 or steve.rubiolo@comcast.net.

Hayward Rotary Club 2nd Annual Champagne Omelet Brunch
Sunday, October 10
8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
St. Rose Hospital Grand White Tent
27200 Calaroga Avenue, Hayward
(510) 276-5626
steve.rubiolo@comcast.net

Tickets: $10 per person; $5 per child; $100 book of 12 tickets

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