Evening on Red Carpet is Oct. 14
Visalia Emergency Aid’s “Evening on the Red Carpet” returns on Saturday, Oct. 14, after the successful debut in 2016.
The event, to be held from 6 to 10 p.m. at Giant Chevrolet & Cadillac in Visalia, is a fundraiser for the new Community Pantry, Family Resource Center and Education Center to be built at the current Visalia Emergency Aid site.
An Evening on the Red Carpet will feature dinner catered by Café 225, dancing, live and silent auction and the opportunity to win a car valued at $40,000. Tickets are $75 per person; a reserved table is $1,000.
The fundraising goal is $500,000 and over $200,000 has already been raised, noted executive director Liz Wynn. Major sponsors are Lagomarsino Farms, Family Healthcare Network, the Provident /Salierno Family Foundation, Macy’s Foundation, Visalia Rotary Community Foundation, and Tachi Palace & Casino and Paloma Development. Fistolera Construction is providing construction services.
Confirmed celebrities on the red carpet include Miranda Rae Mayo (Chicago Fire), Hank J. Barr (COPS), Brett Prieto (Victory by Submission), Jacob Price (Sand Trap), and Caleb Brown (Disney’s Bizardvaark, Mother’s Day) along with guest emcee George Takata, KSEE 24 anchor.
For nearly 80 years, Visalia Emergency Aid Council has been providing food to families with children and seniors, working from an adobe brick and mortar building in north Visalia. That building today has a leaky roof, inadequate storage space, no heating or air conditioning and it doesn’t meet current building codes.
“We have survived the ups and downs of the economy, droughts and freezes because our community and local businesses have a cultural norm of generosity,” Wynn noted. “The people of Visalia care about those who are less fortunate, and these gifts will help us feed the future for another 80 years.”
The nonprofit organization serves 2,100 children every month, along with seniors on fixed incomes. The mission is to help ensure that no one has to choose between paying rent or buying food, Wynn explained. For further information, call Wynn, 732-0101, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To purchase tickets, visit www.veac.org.