More than 800 supporters of the Tri-Valley's youth cricket movement recently filled the Harvest Park Middle School gym in Pleasanton for the Laser Dandiya and Bollywood Night fundraiser benefiting local sports not-for-profit organization Cricket for Cubs.
The Oct. 8 event focused on raising awareness and funds for the group's efforts such as offering free coaching at local schools, donating cricket kits to schools and creating cricket infrastructure in San Ramon, Dublin and Pleasanton.
The organization helped introduce cricket in six schools in Pleasanton, Dublin and San Ramon during the past year, and the sport is set to be a physical education activity at Harvest Park this year, according to Cricket for Cubs. The group also hosts two inter-school cricket tournaments per year.
City officials who attended the fundraiser included Pleasanton Vice Mayor Kathy Narum, San Ramon Vice Mayor Scott Perkins, San Ramon Councilman Phil O'Loane, San Ramon Transportation Advisory Committee member Sabina Zafar, a candidate for City Council, and San Ramon parks and community services commissioner Sridhar Verose, according to organizers.