The Pleasanton North Rotary Club will hold its 24th annual fundraiser gala tonight, a benefit that helps fund local and international service projects the club supports.
This is the club's major fundraising event of the year that has raised $2 million during the last 23 years through ticket sales and auctions at the event, with proceeds going to the club's North Rotary Foundation.
Called "A Starry Night in the Caribbean," this year's dinner dance will be held under the stars in the outdoor patio of Barone's Restaurant in downtown Pleasanton. The dress code for the dinner is what club member Larry Smalheiser said is "resort formal," which apparently is less formal than the club's black tie and ballroom gowns worn in earlier events.
"Every year we are faced with the difficult reality of not having enough money for the many deserving organizations our club supports," said Tina Case part president of the North Rotary Club and chairwoman of the "Starry Night" event.
"It's with the overwhelming generosity of businesses and individuals of this event that our foundation can do the great things that affect positive change in our community, both globally and locally," she added.
The foundation distributes funds to many local community organizations and projects, including the School of Imagination & Happy Talkers, Relay for Life, Special, Olympics of Northern California, Hop Hospice and the Pleasanton Partners in Education (PPIE) Foundation. There are scores of other groups and projects that also benefit from the foundation's support.
North Rotary Club members and their foundation have also delivered 5,250 wheelchairs to the needy in many countries, Case said.
Tickets for the event, which is open to the public, are $125 and include dinner with complimentary wine, dancing to the music of DJ Mark Davis of KKIQ, a silent and live charity auction and a raffle.
For more information, sign on to the club's website at pnr-rotary.org or www.astarrynight.org/