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Lighthouse LGBT center Casino Night fundraiser was aces

We had a blast at the Lighthouse Community Center Casino Night fundraiser Saturday, held in the Hayward City Hall rotunda. Delicious food, well-poured drinks, flashy entertainment and boisterous gaming while it lasted — I blew my fistfull of chips in rapid fashion at the Texas Hold ‘Em table, but my more skilled or luckier wife shared her winnings to keep me in the game a little longer.

lighthouse1Took this pic of the Golden Follies Dancers, a revue featuring performers ages 60 to 85.

“It’s a Las Vegas kind of singing revue,” director Susan Bostwick told the Contra Costa Times last year. “Our costumes are very elaborate, a lot of feathers.”

The Follies were one of many acts that would start at the top of the rotunda stairs and then descend into the crowd to raise the roof. There are a bunch more pics on this site – wife and I can be found in No. 66. Organizer Kari McAllister posted the following shout-outs on her Facebook site: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
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FESCO honored for work with homeless

The Hayward-based Family Emergency Shelter Coalition was named a 2010 Food and Shelter Award recipient for the second straight year.

The coalition is one of 76 nonprofits nationwide to receive the award, which is aimed at getting the word out about nonprofits rated highly by

FESCO helps homeless families move toward self-sufficiency through services such as mental health counseling, money management and cooking classes. Its goal is to end homelessness in Alameda County. Read the press release after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, January 28th, 2011
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Hayward firefighters could use more toys

Charities are hurting this Christmas season, including the Hayward chapter of the Salvation Army, as was mentioned in this article.

fftoydriveThe Hayward Fire Department’s annual toy drive is also way below the norm. “We have received less than 50 percent of what we normally get in donations,” said firefighter Matt Buckingham, who has led the drive for the past decade.

Over the course of the year, the firefighter’s union raises money through fundraisers to help buy the holiday toys, but with the lack of donations, they will probably have to dig deeper into their coffers to make up the difference.

The toys are delivered to local nonprofits that in turn distribute them to Hayward children who may not have received gifts this year.

It’s not too late: New toys can be donated at any of Hayward’s nine fire stations.

Posted on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009
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