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The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 13, Issue 34
Get into the holiday spirit
BY FRANK GONZALES
As the holiday season begins this month, there’s no better way to get into the spirit than with a big meal, wine, and an opportunity to give to people in need. On Nov. 10, the Santa Maria Country Club will provide an opportunity to merrily indulge in all of these festivities next to like-minded individuals. On that day, the Country Club will be host to the 20th annual Holiday Benefit “A Winter’s Night,” which benefits the North County Rape Crisis & Child Protection Center. The event will include two auctions and a Winter’s Night Dinner. Among the many items up for auction are vacation packages, gift certificates, paintings from local artists, and much more. The items were donated by many individuals and organizations around the country, including the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Sparks.
The event, which is the center’s biggest fundraiser of the year, commences at 5 p.m. with a silent auction, followed by the Winter’s Night Dinner at 7 p.m. At 8:30 p.m., a live auction closes out the evening. The dinner will be catered by the Santa Maria Country Club, and wine will be provided courtesy of Fess Parker Winery. Tickets to the auctions and the dinner cost $60. Sponsors for the event include Santa Barbara Bank & Trust, the Chumash Indians of Kalawashaq Village, Union Bank, Rabobank, and DenMat.
Proceeds from the auctions and the other events will help the center continue its work with people suffering trauma as a result of sexual assault or child abuse. The center maintains offices in Lompoc and Santa Maria in addition to crisis hotlines for both cities. In addition to providing advice and support for victims, the organization also focuses on education and prevention within the local community, including a Kid’s Day. Arleen Lewis, organizer of the event, said, “All the money raised goes to continuing the programs.”
For tickets or more information about this event. call 736-8535 or go to ncrccpcevents.info.
Intern Frank Gonzales compiled this week’s Community Corner. Send comments or ideas to the Sun via e-mail at email@example.com.