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Big White Tent to Host Fremont Black-Tie Gala

by Scott Wong, Staff Writer
Fremont Argus
November 26, 2005

FREMONT Invitations to a black-tie gala that will help raise money for the city's 50th birthday bash next September soon will be arriving in mailboxes of past and present city leaders, corporate donors and other local movers and shakers.

But if your name's not on the exclusive guest list, don't fret. You can still purchase one of about 400 remaining tickets online for a cool $175.

"A Night to Celebrate" featuring cocktails, a formal dinner, live music and dancing will be held on Jan. 20 in Central Park, under a white carpeted tent decked out with French doors, windows and a cathedral ceiling.

The city's golden birthday officially falls on Jan. 23, although the signature event of the anniversary celebration, "Celebrate Fremont @ The Park," won't be held until Sept. 9-10.

Gala organizers originally looked at local indoor banquet halls to hold the upscale party.But none could accommodate the 700 guests expected to attend.

It really came down to the numbers, said gala co-chair Fran Stone, a retired elementary school teacher and a 42-year resident of the Glenmoor neighborhood. "We just wanted to have a place that could hold the largest number of people for a sit-down dinner and dancing."

Stone said the gala not only helps raise money to defray costs for the September celebration but also allows organizers

to recognize sponsors who already have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to put on the free two-day event.

Dinner will be provided by Splurge Special Events and Catering, and live music will be performed by The Groove Doctors, an eight-piece variety dance band. A silent art auction will feature works by Fremont artists depicting scenes from throughout the city.

Irene Koehler, one of the lead organizers of the September celebration, said nothing could be more appropriate than to hold the 50th anniversary party and the fund-raiser in the city's largest park.

"Central Park is the jewel of Fremont. It's a place where families come on an afternoon just to spend time together, and it's the scene of many activities,' said Koehler, a Fremont business consultant.

"It was a natural place to hold our big event. What a wonderful connection to have our tent at the same location."

Staff writer Scott Wong covers the city of Fremont for The Argus. He can be reached at (510) 353-7002 or e-mail swong@angnewspapers.com.


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