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The following article was posted on July 30th, 2013, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 14, Issue 21 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 14, Issue 21

Community Corner: Speak easy, Kiwanis

The group's largest annual fundraiser brings back Prohibition

BY REBECCA PATTERSON

The Kiwanis Club of Santa Maria was established in 1923 with the intention of offering a helping hand to the community. Members are responsible for a variety of clubs, fundraising, and events that fund projects for youth in the area—working with the YMCA and Boys and Girls Club, and beginning the SMOOTH transportation system, to name a few.

For their 90th anniversary, local Kiwanis are building a new picnic area at Preisker Park. They’ve also branched out to junior high and high schools to begin the Builders Club and Key Club. These give students the opportunity to experience leadership techniques while helping the community.

“My father was a member and he was very involved. Because of this, I am now trying to carry on the legacy by encouraging growth and leadership in our youth,” Anna Rubcic, member and past president, shared with a warming smile.

The Kiwanis Club is about to take on its largest fundraiser of the year: the Club K Speakeasy. Guests will be transported back in time to the days of Prohibition. Everyone is encouraged to dress up in period attire. There will be gambling games with faux money, drinks, food, a silent auction, raffle tickets, a tarot card reader, and a pretend jail.

“It is always a good time. Each year our speakeasy improves,” said Janet Silveria, club president.

The Kiwanis Club opens the Club K Speakeasy to anyone who’s interested (and 18 or older). The funds raised will be used to promote growth and education for the community.

The Speakeasy tickets cost $25, and the event is on Friday, Aug. 9, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Community Center. Raffle tickets will be available for the grand prizes of $1,000 or $5,000. For more information, visit santamariakiwanis.org.