April 11, 2015
Written April 12+
Dear Diary, Friends, and Families,
nice part of our new life has been our neighbors -- at least the ones
on our part of Cambridge Avenue. (The Bull Dog gang members stay
on the part of Cambridge on the other side of the cross street - but
that's another story entirely. It's an urban environment.)
One of the members of our neighborhood, from a couple of blocks away,
is Jeane Fleck, the Fresno State women's swimming coach. This is
how our street gets invited to her team's Spring fund-raiser; a luau,
complete with BBQ pork, exotic dancers, and raffles and auctions for
the fund-raising part. Here is this year's story in pictures.
|Welcome from Coach Jeane
First order of business, organizing(?) our neighborhood's tables - and chatting
Then, eating. Always popular with our group.
There was a multi-pronged approach to raising funds. First, there
was admission, but that was paid weeks ago, so we didn't care.
Then, there were raffle tickets to buy ($20, with no "victories" for
us.) Followed by a silent auction of a score of assorted gift
baskets. We actually "won" two, but neighbor Ellen was the winner
with a car-full.
A local Polynesian
club provided very authentic luau entertainment, including inviting
Jeane's assistant Igor to match steps with one of the dancers.
The highlights however, were the auctioning of home-made food.
First, Coach Jeane offered a steak and fish dinner for six.
Bidding was fast and furious. The winner signed on for $2,000!
Then, seeing disappointment on the face of the second-place bidder, the
athletic director duplicated Coach's offer for another six-person feast
at his house. The auctioneer almost immediately awarded this to a
very happy winner for another $1,000. Coach Jeane was ecstatic.
The last act was the auctioning of desserts hand-crafted by the
swimmers (or, we've heard rumors, by their moms.) Here again, the
bidding was extraordinary, as plates of cupcakes or a bowl of pudding
went for a hundred or two. Plenty of generous folks wanted the
girls to reach their goal of funding a Christmas training trip in San
Diego. Nice people all around.
Next year, we may be off diets and able to help with the dessert auction!
Now it is Sunday and, after a lunch with Mamo, we are packing for a
trip to visit California missions, from Ventura to Soledad - but that's
John and Marianne