Pleasanton Weekly

News - August 13, 2010

Rotarians to hold fundraiser tonight for ailing Robert Harrison

Popular Pleasanton baseball, soccer coach undergoes 2 life-saving liver transplants

by Jeb Bing

The Pleasanton North Rotary Club will hold a benefit fundraiser tonight to raise money for Robert Harrison, a Pleasanton resident who has undergone two life-saving liver transplants in the span of three weeks to treat a medical condition known as HHT (Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasias).

Rotary Club president Brian Damiani, an investment advisor, said the Western-style barbecue and dance will start at 6 p.m. at the Alameda County Fairground's Ivy Glen pavilion.

"When we were made aware of Robert's condition and the overwhelming medical expenses facing him and his family we knew we had to act," Damiani said.

"As a well known local baseball and football coach, Robert has given untold hours of coaching and mentorship to the children of Pleasanton through youth sports," Damiani said. "Now, in his time of need, we felt this was our opportunity to give something back to an individual who has given so much to the Pleasanton community."

Food will be provided by Lockeford Meats in support of the Rotary Club. DJ Scott Ricker of Dynamite Sound and Lighting will donate his services for dancing and line dancing.

The event is open to the public with admission tickets costing $20 for adults, $10 for those 17 and under, with children 6 years old and under free. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Robert Harrison family, Damiani said.

An account also has been opened for the Robert Harrison family for those who wish to contribute separately from the Rotary Club fundraiser. Donations can be made to The Robert Harrison Family, Acct. No. 80000525007, First Republic Bank, 249 Main St., Pleasanton, CA 94566. CharStyle:endbullet>n

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