Big Turnout For Our First 2019 Concert

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  • Dorothy Webster and Diane Holt

Over 200 Rainbow Women, fellow Oakmonters, and friends from surrounding towns enjoyed Lisa Koch’s comedy and music at our February concert. We have Sue Dibble (at left in photo, with Koch) to thank for these wonderful events at the Berger.

After Dibble moved to Oakmont in 2011, she decided to start a social group for gay women. She held meetings, applied for and got us accepted as an official Oakmont club. Back then, Rainbow woman Gigi Kent volunteered at the YWCA that ran Sonoma County’s only safe house for abused women. She asked our board if they would help renovate one of the rooms at the shelter. Rainbow Women responded by raising enough money to upgrade all of the rooms!

In 2014, we brought Roxanna Ward to Oakmont for our first fundraising concert, named “Make a Room in Your Heart.” From a raffle, pass-the-bucket, and beverage sales, the concert raised $6,000. The tradition continued. A concert by Holly Near, Barbara Higbie, and Jan Martinelli raised $14,000. Impressed with the energy of the event, an anonymous donor who attended that night matched what we had raised.

By 2016, we had settled on supporting the 10,000 Degrees charity. This Bay Area nonprofit counsels students and their parents starting in middle school, helping hundreds of low-income students become the first in their family to get a college degree.

NEXT CONCERT: FOOD TRUCK, OUTDOOR TABLES

On May 4th, we’ll stage another fundraiser for 10,000 Degrees. An easy way for members to help: Ask your favorite restaurant, winery, or shop owners to donate a gift certificate worth $50 or more, for our silent auction. For instructions, email 7373Dreams@gmail.com.

New this year: Starting at 5 p.m., Oakmont residents who are not attending the fundraiser can join concert-goers on the Berger patio, where there will be auction items to bid

on, food for sale from the El Coyote catering truck, and table seating. A $20 donation will buy a bagged bottle of “mystery” wine that could be worth $50.

The concert by Holly Near and three other well-known women is sure to sell out. Put a check in the OVA office’s Rainbow Women folder for the tickets you want ($30 each); they’ll be waiting for you at will call.

NEXT GENERAL MEETING

At our March 14 meeting, an expert panel will discuss women, wellness and aging. Dr. Amy Shaw, attorney Naomi Metts and fiduciary Jacquelynne Ocaña will speak and answer questions.

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