Evening on Red Car­pet is Oct. 14

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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 liz@veac.org. To pur­chase tick­ets, visit www.veac.org.

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