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A Big Night Out

Sep 15, 2022 12:00AM ● By Story and photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner

County Supervisor Rich Desmond (second from left) hosted his family at the community celebration. Relatives are: Jim Miller, Meg Desmond, Lisa Desmond, Linda Miller, Pete Desmond (rear) and Lola Desmond.

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CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Making a comeback after two years of pandemic postponement, the Carmichael Parks Foundation gala last week benefited beautification and youth scholarship programs in local parks. Attendance almost sold out at 376 guests.

Entirely al-fresco, the soiree ambled over two hidden-gem reserves. VIP sightings among the throngs included Assemblyman Ken Cooley, Supervisor Rich Desmond, former Supervisor Susan Peters, Carmichael Chamber of Commerce President Mayor Kelli Foley, KFBK broadcaster Kitty O’Neal and rock music entertainer Todd Morgan.

After the recent heatwave, the event was blessed by 80 F and cooler temperatures. Cocktails were served among sunflowers at Sutter Community Garden. In adjacent Jensen Botanical Gardens, tables were linen-draped for a moonlit meal. Musicians serenaded guests in both venues and Todd Morgan and the Emblems played for after-dinner dancing.

Catered by Hawks Public House restaurant, the meal featured signature chicken and tri-tip dishes. Speeches followed and a fund-a-need program produced scores of donations.  

“Our guests’ generosity was overwhelming,” said Parks Foundation President Sharon Ruffner. “After a two-year hiatus, the community’s response was overwhelming. We could not have done it without the one hundred volunteers who helped us. The success of the event shows how much people care about our parks and youth opportunities. Thanks to the evening’s fundraising, no child will be turned away from programs because their family lacks funds.”

2022 Dinner in the Park sponsors included: BP Interiors; Brooks Erikson; Ameriprise; Thomas Sharp; Hensel Phelps; the Milagro Centre; Paul Pennington Investments; KMM Services. Beer was donated by River City Brewery. Togo’s donated volunteer sandwiches.

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