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Community - April 17, 2013

Around Town: Locals sponsor fundraiser for Tanzanian orphanage

by Jane Knoerle

"Passport to Tanzania," a benefit for children whose home is an orphanage in Tanzania, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Auto Vino, 205 Constitution Ave. in Menlo Park.

The fundraiser will offer wine tasting, appetizers, sweets, silent and live auctions, African music, and the opportunity to learn about the nonprofit Friends of Children Concern Foundation.

"Passport to Tannzania" is organized by KC Cannon of Menlo Park and Betsy Collard of Mountain View.

Ms. Collard first visited the orphanage in 2011 when she traveled to Tanzania to celebrate a clinic opening for Maasai women and children. The party stopped at an orphanage where 36 children lived in a small rented house. There was no electricity and children slept two or three to a bed. "I fell in love with the children and when I returned to the U.S. vowed to do what I could to help," says Ms. Collard.

Ms. Collard approached long-time friend KC Cannon and the two women established Friends of Children Concern Foundation (CCF). The orphanage receives no government assistance and currently depends entirely on donations from tourists who stop on their way to a safari.

The two women have made several trips back to Tanzania to see the children and help the staff at the orphanage plan for the future. CCF has already raised funds for operational costs and has purchased a few acres of land for a future permanent home.

Tickets for "Passport to Tanzania" are $95 per person. Call KC Cannon at 561-4838 to purchase tickets.

Visit for more information.

Food truck fundraiser

at Woodside School

Sam's ChowderMobile food truck will be at Woodside Elementary School from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, for a fundraiser event for the seventh-grade class, says Karen Gunn, one of the moms of seventh-graders sponsoring the event.

Families, friends and neighbors are invited to buy chowder, lobster rolls and seafood at prices ranging from $5 to $16, she said.

Bingo starts at 7 p.m. and there will be prizes and raffle baskets, as well as homemade brownies, cookies and other treats. All proceeds benefit the seventh-grade class.

The school is at 3195 Woodside Road.

Menlo Park Chorus

gives spring concert

"Look to the Rainbow," the Menlo Park Chorus' spring concert, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave. in Menlo Park.

The program will range from Broadway ballads to traditional spirituals. The city-sponsored chorus performs under the direction of April McNelly, with piano accompaniment by John Iosefa. A reception will follow the concert.

Tickets at the door are $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors and students, and free for children under 12.

Opera at Fox Theater

"Il Trovatore" by Guiseppe Verdi will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at the Fox Theater, 2223 Broadway in Redwood City.

The opera will be produced with the collaboration of two regional opera companies: Bay Shore Lyric Opera and Verismo Opera, with orchestra and English supertitles.

Tickets are $22-$42 (seniors, students and children under 18 are $22).

Visit or call (650) 369-7770 for more information.


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