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November 19, 2013 > Yes, Virginia, there is Holiday Spirit!

Yes, Virginia, there is Holiday Spirit!

Submitted By Tom Smyth

The St. Nicks of Niles is holding a Benefit Concert to help with donations for the City of FremontÕs Giving Hope Holiday Program (formerly called Adopt a Family/Adopt a Senior Program). The St. Nicks of Niles is a group of big-hearted individuals in our community that support the Giving Hope Program. The 4th annual concert takes place Thursday, November 21 at The Nile Cafe.

The Cafe will be transformed into an intimate bistro offering wine, mulled cider, and light hors d oeuvres. Additional food items can be purchased with 20 percent of the proceeds donated to the program. Guests will enjoy music and a Variety Show by Michael McNevin and Friends. Last yearÕs fun-filled event raised $1,500 along with many gift cards to make the holidays more enjoyable and less depressing for families and seniors having a difficult time.

The Holiday Season is a time of reflection to count personal and family blessings and to share the love we have received during the year with others. Some in our community live economically on the edge of crisis just struggling to maintain the barest of necessities for themselves and their families. Help those served by the Fremont Human Services Department by being part of Giving Hope, a program that aids needy families, children, and frail isolated seniors by bringing holiday cheer.

Because the need has increased this year, our goal is to help a greater number of individuals and families than in years past. The Benefit Concert supplements the larger city-wide program, and we hope that 50 to 100 people will drop in and contribute at least $20. There are about 80 families and 120 seniors on the list. To adopt a senior is about $80 to $100, and to adopt a family is $100 to $120 per family member. Anyone interested in helping can contribute by making a cash donation; providing gift cards for groceries, restaurants, or entertainment; or purchasing personalized gifts from a family or seniorÕs own wish list. Donations and gifts for the holiday fundraiser will be accepted until Thursday, December 12; the Giving Hope Program accepts contributions all year.

For more information on the Benefit Concert and to make reservations, ÒjoinÓ the event on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/St-Nicks-of-Niles/254227574611877 or call (408) 504-5597. The suggested donation amount is $20 or more.

If you cannot come to the concert, you may leave a monetary donation at the Nile Cafe any time between now and December 12 during the cafe business hours. Checks should be made payable to ÒCity of Fremont Giving Hope Holiday Program.Ó Donations can also be made online at
https://fremont.gov/FormCenter/Donation-Forms-2/Human-Services-Donation-35 or sent to: City of Fremont Giving Hope Holiday Program, Human Services Department, 3300 Capitol Ave., Building B, Fremont, CA 94538.

For more information on how to participate in the Giving Hope Program, contact Monica Dominguez at (510) 574-2057.


St. Nicks of Niles Benefit Concert
Thursday, Nov 21
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
The Nile Cafˇ
121 I St., Fremont
(408) 504-5597
www.facebook.com/pages/St-Nicks-of-Niles/254227574611877
www.thenilecafe.com
Suggested donation: $20








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