For those of you who did not attend Thursday Live! last night at the Lodge, we had a record setting crowd to celebrate and participate in the Tribute to the late Pete Seeger. A number of musicians performed Pete Seeger songs and talked about their memories of him and his influence, including Odd Fellows David Hafter, Kurt Roggli with Biscuit and Honey (or gravy), and Barry Melton. The musicians ranged from teenagers to seniors in age. The crowd joined in with many of the songs. It was an uplifting experience.

Donations were collected and donated to the RISE program. Several students who participate in their Success Mentoring Program in Winters were in attendance and briefly spoke about their experience.

Donations totaling $1400 were collected for the program. What a great community gesture!

Kudos to the Music Committee and everyone who helped make the evening a great success! The Odd Fellows continue to contribute to our community in a variety of ways. We should all be proud to be part of it!
Here is a little more about the RISE program:

RISE, Inc. (Rural Innovations in Social Economics) is a non-profit that has its main location in Esparto and a satellite location in Winters. RISE, Inc. was organized as a public benefit non-profit [501.c.3] corporation in March 1987.

RISE, Inc. acts as a one stop shop for social services. RISE’s primary aim is to insure members within their jurisdiction have reliable access to housing and the ability to make payments for their utilities.The organization’s specialty is rural program design and delivery; its strength is engaging the working poor in active self-determination and motivated self-sufficiency. The Esparto-Capay Valley and Winters Region encourages all human and social services to be clustered under the RISE Community Service Center umbrella.

The $1400 that was collected during Thursday Live! will go to RISE’s Success Mentoring Program. This program uses students from Winters High School to mentor younger children from rural Yolo County. This includes homework clubs, reading help, arts & crafts, field trips, and many other activities that might not otherwise be available to these kids.

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