In a show of can-do volunteerism, after just three short weeks of planning and organizing, everything is a go for the big Sand Fire Benefit tonight.
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Sponsored by local business people, service clubs, government agencies and community volunteers to help those who lost their homes in the recent Sand Fire, the benefit has something for everyone including music, dinner, raffle prizes, balloon and face painting artists and much more.
To be held at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, the event goes from 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets are only $10 per person or $25 per family, which includes a dinner of pasta, salad, bread and lemonade. Beer and wine will also be available with a donation.
Tickets can be purchased at different locations all over the county, including the Mountain Democrat, or at the door. For the nearest location to buy tickets, call the office of Joe Vicini Inc. at 530-622-1963 or Carter Kelly Inc. at 530-621-0950.
The event schedule begins with a welcome by Paul Zappettini followed by dinner. During dinner, you’ll be serenaded by the Ponderosa High School Jazz Band led by Michael Gunderson (20 chairs).
At 5:30 there will be Honor Guard Flag Ceremony followed by the National Anthem conducted by Johnny D’Agostini & Aaron Beleu. The flag salute will be led by Sheriff John D’Agostini with an invocation by EDSO Chaplain Tim Thompson.
At 5:50 the El Dorado High School Jazz Band will play led by Richard Grey (35 chairs). This will be followed by a Barbershop Quartet.
At 6:30 p.m., Colleen Okey, one of the victims of the Sand Fire, will speak.
In between there will be three raffles which will close at 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Purchase raffle tickets at the event.
At 7 p.m. the band “Relic” takes the stage. At 8:30 p.m. the band “The Nobs” will play.
Throughout the evening there will be face painting for the kids.
Marshall Medical Center is also sponsoring a balloon artist — Gramma “V”— and Marshall Mouse will be on hand to say hello.
For those with shaggy hair, Shear Excellence of Pollock Pines will give $10 haircuts during the evening with all proceeds donated to the event.
The El Dorado County Clerk and Collections will be there to process replacement government documents for Sand Fire victims. Representatives from the El Dorado County Fire Safety Council and the Sand Ridge Fire Safe Council will also be there to provide information and to answer questions.
Event organizers say to date $22,000 in donations and ticket sales have been collected. All proceeds will go to victims of the fire.
So for an evening of fun, food and entertainment, come to the Sand Fire Benefit this evening.
It will be a great night out for the family and you’ll be helping lend a hand to your neighbors.
Contact Dawn Hodson at 530-344-5071 or [email protected] Follow @DHodsonMtDemo on Twitter.