WHAT: American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 168 fundraiser, Big Band and Blues
WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2
WHERE: Masonic Hall, 650 M St.
DETAILS: Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by a raffle at 8 p.m. and dancing at 8:30 p.m. Raffle prizes include a Diablo Grande round of golf for four and a pair of orchestra-section tickets to “Here to Stay: The Gershwin Experience” on March 23 at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto. Ticketholders — $10 each or $15 for two — need not be present to win.
TICKETS: Event tickets can be bought at Blue Floral Co., 30 S. Del Puerto Ave.; Patterson Irrigator, 26 N. Third St.; or Hammon Senior Center, 1033 W. Las Palmas Ave.; or by sending a check to American Legion Unit No. 168, P.O. Box 1391, Patterson, CA 95363.
COST: $35 per individual, $60 per couple
Music from the 1920s to the 1950s will be featured at the American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 168’s Winter Blues Big Band Dinner-Dance on Feb. 2, a Saturday. Community members are invited to get out their dancing shoes.
Guests age 21 and older are invited to dance to the Charleston, fox trot and Lindy Hop during the auxiliary fundraiser at the Masonic Hall, 650 M St.
The dinner features an appetizer, salad, entrée and dessert. An open bar with beer and wine will be set up for guests.
“We’re really asking for the community support,” said Janie Quiroba, auxiliary president. “Come out and have some fun and support us.”
The women of the auxiliary will use the money they raise on projects such as sending a student representative to Girls State, helping disabled veterans, sponsoring a Poppy Poster Contest and visiting classrooms at local schools to tell the students about government.
Girls State is a program for high school juniors that focuses on the working of government and election of various city, county and state positions. Alauna Sessions Hall, a junior from Enochs High School in Modesto, was elected governor during the 2012 Girls State conference in June and will attend Girls Nation in Washington, D.C.
“This year we are very excited and pleased one of the girls from our District 12 was elected governor,” Quiroba said.
Members of the local auxiliary also travel each year to Livermore Veterans Hospital in Livermore, where they present a check for $500 to $1,000 for hospital needs. Auxiliary members have also collected blankets for veterans at the hospital and helped at the veterans’ picnic.
The auxiliary members support the American Legion Poppy Program, for which hospitalized disabled veterans create handmade poppies.
Auxiliary members make their mark in the Patterson community by hosting a holiday cookie exchange with other women’s groups, decorating a Christmas tree in the South City Park and donating a Christmas tree to one local school each December.
They sponsor and ride on a parade float and sell fresh and dried apricots at the Apricot Fiesta in June.
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