party in Fremont history starts Sept. 9,
2006 to mark the city's 50th anniversary of
Fremont, the anniversary's one-time only
organizing group, is currently pulling the
two-day event together, an effort that will
include needed community volunteers and
"We're not an
organization that can draw on what we've
done last year," Irene Koehler, Celebrate
Fremont's executive committee chair, said of
a group that formed this year.
the group must rely on as many people as
possible to be involved in small groups or
teams that comprise the non-profit
cover city history, fundraising, technology,
schools, and special-event organization, as
the teams currently hold planning meetings.
city was formally incorporated Jan. 23,
1956, weather and attendance were taken into
account for that month.
has included the short-lived, albeit,
important problem of nailing down a specific
date to hold the Central Park event,
according to Koehler.
we originally wanted was two weeks later
than what we have now," she said.
Some of those
dates and times conflicted with another
event following concerns made clear to
Fremont by organizers of the Newark Days
holding their event at the same time,"
Koehler said, as Fremont's neighboring city
is set to celebrate its 51st anniversary of
incorporation next year.
"We're not the
only party animals in the vicinity," said
Councilwoman Anu Natarajan of the switched
dates to accommodate Newark's timetable.
comment at the March 22 Fremont City Council
meeting Natarajan -- the anniversary event's
lead organizer -- also made a referral to
city council for a vote to reserve all of
Central Park's grounds Sept. 9-10, plus two
additional days for setup and cleanup.
Council members unanimously approved the
park location and the event's timing.
Koehler, anniversary organizers also
recognized other concerns.
religious conflicts," she said of an event
that was meant to be "inclusive" of
Fremont's entire, multi-ethnic community.
conflicts included two religious holidays:
the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and the
Jewish holiday, Rosh Hashanah, both of which
will occur in late September.
is to include everyone. We have these very
important religious holidays so we couldn't
hold this event then," she said.
date was also chosen for its likelihood to
draw a high attendance as an idea for a
summer event was nixed due to people taking
organizers will also require funding, although organizers have not confirmed the
Steve Cho said
T-shirt sales and raffles will be held
throughout the year, but important
contributions from corporate Fremont were
definitely needed to tip the scales.
to build a database of all possible contacts
right now," Cho said of plans to hit up
local "big league" companies for monetary
will require a lot of phone calls and a lot
of visitations," he said, adding he didn't
think "anyone in Fremont has ever raised
that much for a public event."
Fremont will likely hold a "fundraising
gala" Jan. 20, 2006.
possibly be a black tie event," Cho said of
an event meant to kick off next year's big
push for event dollars.
Council unanimously voted Jan. 25 to
contribute $10,000 in "seed money" toward
the celebration. Soon afterward, New United
Motor Manufacturing Inc. contributed an
additional $10,000 toward further