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March 4, 2014 > Masquerade, a taste of The Big Easy

Masquerade, a taste of The Big Easy

A night of mystery and adventure await at the ÒMardi Gras MasqueradeÓ hosted by Union City Leisure Services on March 8. An evening of dinner, dancing, cocktails (cash bar), casino games and silent auction will provide a magical night for friends and loved ones, with all proceeds going directly to support programs at the Ruggieri Senior Center.

Named after Ralph and Mary Ruggieri, long time advocates for programs and activities for seniors in Union City, the Ruggieri Senior Center opened its doors in 1998 to give a permanent home to seniors living in Union City and surrounding areas. The City and Leisure Services have always had senior programs, but had to share a building that housed other programs and activities. Previously, seniors programs were based out of Holly Center, focused primarily on teen and youth programs. But with construction of Ruggieri Center, seniors settled into their own facility to explore various interests and activities.

ÒThe current goals for the center are to continue to expand upon the current type of quality classes, events and activities that we have for seniors and to offer more programs that appeal to seniors of all ages, especially fitness and wellness classes,Ó says Senior Recreation Supervisor Chris Valuckas. ÒWe are hoping that the funds from this Mardi Gras event will help in being able to buy supplies and materials that we need to make these health and wellness classes and programs possible.Ó Exercise equipment, including an elliptical machine and a new treadmill, are a few of the items on the list.

Masquerade attendees will enjoy a dinner of gumbo (shrimp and chicken), red beans and rice, salad, corn bread, and bread pudding for dessert amid a backdrop of festive, Mardi Gras-themed decorations. Costumes are welcome; beads and masks will be available. Silent auction items include a 46Ó HD TV; tickets to Warriors, AÕs and Giants games; and donated prize baskets from Acacia Creek, The Mark Green Sports Center, Sands Hotel in Reno, and Black Oak Casino.

While over 40 tickets have already sold for the event, organizers hope to at least double that number. So, there is plenty of room to accommodate those seeking a fun night out and a way to support great local senior-oriented programs.

Mardi Gras Masquerade
Saturday, Mar 8
5 p.m. Ð 10 p.m.
Ruggieri Senior Center
33997 Alvarado-Niles Rd., Union City
(510) 675-5495
Tickets: $25 per person ($30 at the door), $45 per couple

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