The Nov. 13 fundraiser for 2-year-old cancer patient Delaney Newton at Sauced in downtown Livermore was a huge success. The waiting time for seats was already 45 minutes, even though my family got there at 5 p.m., which was before the crowd started getting huge. Another good sign: the kids running around selling raffle tickets had almost run out of tickets by the time we left the event.
"The turnout was beyond what we ever expected," said Sauced owner Barrett Gomes. "We were completely packed in here, and everyone was wearing Team Delaney shirts. Every single seat in here was filled, including standing room only."
Gomes said they didn't have a final tally on how much was raised, but that it exceeded $30,000. The money will go toward supporting the family during Delaney's treatments and helping pay for therapies that may not be covered by medical insurance. Delaney had a tumor removed from her brain but will need to undergo multiple chemotherapy sessions throughout the next year. Gomes said most of the money came from the raffle and silent auction but also from random donations.
"We also had a bunch of people writing checks right from their table," said Gomes. "I want to thank everyone for coming out and making the night a success."
To donate to help Delaney and her family, go to http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/team-delaney. For more information on how to help Delaney and her family, go to http://delaneynewton.blogspot.com or visit the Team Delaney page on Facebook.
aid to school athletics: The Livermore Valley Education Foundation helped save some sports programs at Livermore middle schools. They donated $7,000 to help cover the costs of boys' and girls' fall and winter sports teams, and Barons Jewelers in Dublin donated $4,000.
"The Tri-Valley is one big community, and many of our clients are from Livermore," said Barons President Ronnie Heller. "We are happy to be able to give back to help the schools and the kids in this area. Barons is in Hacienda Crossings in Dublin and that's just a stop or two down the freeway from Livermore."
LVEF President Vicki Schellenberger said the group was happy to help as districts are forced to divert funds away from nonacademic programs due to budget constraints.
"Academics are the district's top priority, but we feel it is vital to keep sports programs alive to help give our kids a complete, well-rounded school experience," said Schellenberger.
"Without this funding from LVEF, we would need to cancel or at least substantially cut back some of our programs," said Janet Loughran-Smith, Junction Avenue School's interim principal. "Sports are really important to our kids and their families, and we are deeply grateful that LVEF has our back."
Since being founded in 1991, LVEF has raised over $3.8 million through individual and corporate donations. LVEF supports a wide variety of academic and extracurricular programs, reflecting the Foundation's mission to promote straight A's in academics, arts and athletics.
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