March events put ‘fun’ in fundraisers

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Like to have fun and help out, too?
March is a month ripe with local fundraisers giving eventgoers plenty of bang for their buck, which in turn goes to many worthwhile groups and causes.
Grab your calendar and read on.

Benefits of laughter
Soroptimist International of Auburn’s annual fundraiser is a funny one, and it’s happening Saturday. The Crystal Comedy Gala Goes Glitz and Green kicks off at 6:30 p.m. at The Ridge, located at 2020 Golf Course Road. Comedians Johnson and Jackie Kashian headline this comedy gala, which also boasts a silent and live auction, light hors d’oeuvres, a complimentary glass of wine and door prizes. Tickets are $40 at the door, with net proceeds funding Soroptimist projects and scholarships for vocational and college degrees, along with community projects and charities.
Call (530) 906-6432 for information or to purchase tickets.

Contribute to the arts
Musicians David Thorp and Chi-Xin Thorp perform Sunday at the Birdsall Mansion, 123 Birdsall Ave. in Auburn. Sponsored by Placer Community Foundation, admission comes in the form of tax-deductible donations to the Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center. Reservations are recommended, as seating is limited.
Call Sue Dings for concert information and reservations at (530) 885-9009.
Learn more about the Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center at or calling (530) 885-0156.

Pot of gold
The Auburn Education Foundation hosts its annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner from 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 17 at Skyridge School, located at 800 Perkins Way in Auburn.
On the traditional side of things, the foundation’s serving up corned beef and cabbage.
Not your favorite? Pasta dinners are also available.
Whether you want pasta or corned beef, all diners have their pick between eating in and taking their St. Patty’s feast home. And everybody gets salad and dessert with dinner.
Live music, a silent auction and opportunity drawing are among other highlights of this dinner. Tickets are $11 for adults or $6 for children 12 and under. Also available is a family pack, in which two adults and three children can get in for $30.
Funds go right back into local schools, as the nonprofit Auburn Education Foundation awards grants to schools within the Auburn Union Elementary School District.
Tickets available through the district office and Skyridge, Auburn Elementary, Rock Creek and E.V. Cain school offices.

Fill your plate, fund the program
Eating and education also go hand in hand with a couple crab-feed fundraisers this month.
First up is the fifth annual Placer High Music Boosters Crab Feed, which will be held March 14 at the Placer Building of the Gold Country Fairgrounds, located at 1273 High St. in Auburn. Doors open at 6 p.m., and dinner is served at 7 p.m. Pre-dinner activities include live music by the Placer High School Jazz Band and silent auction bidding.
Dinner, which costs $35, includes clam chowder, spaghetti, salad, shrimp Louie, all-you-can-eat crab and one non-alcoholic beverage. A cash bar with beer, wine, and other spirits is also available.
Call (866) 375-6534 or see for ticket information.
Later in the month, on March 20, it’s Sierra College’s turn to cook crab. The crab and shrimp feed will be held from 6-10 p.m. March 20 at the Historic Blue Goose Fruit Sheds, located at 3550 Taylor Road in Loomis. This event, which features a silent auction, helps support Sierra College’s award-winning aquatics program.
Dinner costs $40 and includes salad, pasta, bread, cracked crab, succulent shrimp, coffee and homemade cookies. A no-host bar will also be available.
Tickets for this event must be purchased by March 13. To order tickets, or for more information, contact the Sierra College Patrons at (916) 660-8232.
––Staff report