Taiko drummers will highlight 2013 Rotary Viva! fundraiser in Cambria

The event has raised as much as $45,000 annually; tickets are available for Oct. 12

cambrian@thetribunenews.comAugust 30, 2013 

Mike Ponder and Tet Uyedo, above, play drums with ‘Ichimi Daiko.’

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It’s time to plan for Viva!, the Cambria Rotary Club’s annual fundraiser, which this year is set for Saturday, Oct. 12.

Shari Long has been a member of the Cambria Rotary Club for more than a dozen years, and is this year’s co-chairwoman of the service group which is currently planning for its 16th annual “Viva! Rotary Around the World” fundraiser.

She writes, “Now 70 members strong, the club consists of local Cambria residents and business owners whose goal is to give back to our community and the world. Many are the tireless engines who motivate the club to continue to place “service above self.”

Long said, “In the early days of club fundraising the members dreamed up this elegant fundraising event. What is the purpose of Viva? Literacy, clean water, disease prevention and our community are good examples of what drives us every year.

“Fortunately, Viva! has raised as much as $45,000 annually.”

Long and other club members invite North Coast residents and others “to join in the fun this year on 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Veterans’ Hall. Our guests will be greeted by the Taiko Drumming Group ‘Ichimi Daiko,’ and then treated to champagne and international appetizers during our silent auction. A lovely sit-down surf-n-turf meal will be catered by our friends at the Paso High Culinary Academy, a program that Rotary supports because it embraces students and cultivates their desire to be responsible, contributing adults.”

Long said the new circular Viva! logo “includes the ‘Rotary Around the World’ slogan, reminding us that so many are impacted by our efforts: Families here in town and families in villages found in India, Africa, South America and the Middle East will continue their education, drink clean water and receive medical treatment,” all because area residents participate with club members every year at Viva!.

Long reminds people to “watch for our float in the Pinedorado Parade this year. It celebrates the world that Rotarians love.”

The evening brings together friends and neighbors who, as Rotarians do, want to place “service above self,” Long said.

Tickets, $75, are available at the Cambria Chamber of Commerce, 767 Main St. For details, go to www.cambriarotary.org.

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