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Fremont gets ready to celebrate 50 years

Organizers already busy preparing for Sept 9-10, 2006

By Wes Bowers, Fremont Bulletin, January 2006

Fremont will turn 50 years old Jan. 23. Two major events within the week will kick off what promises to be a year full of commemorations.

The big event at the forefront of the discussion is the Gala Fundraiser Event under a tent at Central Park Friday, Jan. 20.

The event has been heavily touted by Celebrate Fremont, the group formed to head up 50th anniversary activities.

The fundraiser is black-tie optional, but the focus of the evening has been the carpeted tent in which festivities will take place.

The tent will be erected Tuesday.

Event organizers are hoping to have as many as 700 people attend. At press time, there were about 175 tickets left.

Tickets are $175 per person and includes a dinner by Splurge Catering, a 5-foot, 6-inch cake created by Vienna Bakery and Cafe and after-dinner entertainment provided by Bay Area contemporary band the Groove Doctors.

In addition, local artist Jan Schafir will auction a painting.

Also, a local jeweler has created a commemorative piece that represents the city's past present and future. It will be sold to the highest bidder at one of two auctions.

There will be a total of 25 pieces of art for auction.

The event officially begins at 6:30 p.m., but those who have donated between $1,000 to $50,000 will be granted entry to a 5:45 p.m. reception.

The event will end at midnight.

Proceeds from the gala will help fund the admission-free main event called "Celebrate Fremont @ the Park," scheduled Sept. 9-10, 2006.

"Fifty years is a milestone for Fremont, and we wanted to celebrate it in the best way we could," event co-chair Fran Stone said. "It's just going to be fun. And it will be lavishly decorated so there will be a lot of oohs and aahs."

The group is most looking forward to the event that will kick off the golden anniversary the following Monday, Jan. 23.

That evening, in the white tent at Central Park East (1110 Stevenson Blvd., behind the softball fields), Celebrate Fremont will be holding an open house, which will be free for all who live and work in Fremont.

Running from 6:30 to 8 p.m., the evening will give residents a chance for everything that has been planned, with presentations and displays from the group's several committees and teams.

Residents will also be treated to prizes and an anniversary cake that Mayor Bob Wasserman will cut to mark the historic occasion.

Also next week, Fremont Main Library will begin a speaker series featuring the city's history and growth.

Andrew A. Galvan, Ohlone Indian descendant and curator of Old Mission Dolores in San Francisco, will present "The Founding of Mission San Jose and the end of Tribal Life in the San Francisco East Bay," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18.

Felipe "Phil" Galvan, The Ohlone Indian Tribe Inc. executive director and caretaker of The Ohlone Indian Cemetery at Mission San Jose, will be the honored guest. The event will also mark Felipe Galvan's 80th birthday.

For more information on any of Celebrate Fremont's upcoming anniversary events, call 790-9352 or visit

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