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Newsfront - January 11, 2008

Feasibility foundation holding fundraiser

Money will go toward study on Alamo incorporation

by Natalie O'Neill

Low-key, but with a high turnout. The freshly formed Alamo Community Foundation is aiming to make its first fundraising event casual but well-attended, organizers say.

The nonprofit group will host a dinner and auction at Round Hill Country Club on Saturday, Jan. 26, to raise money for a feasibility study needed to determine if Alamo is capable financially of becoming a city. It begins at 6:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased for $125.

"It's kind of got a horsy theme. It's not black-tie, we're trying to keep it low-key and fun," said Ellen Sanchez, who is on the board of directors for the foundation.

"Discover 94507" was the theme chosen for the event, with the hopes of getting Alamo friends and neighbors to meet, mingle and find out more about incorporation.

"We chose that so Alamo people can get to know each other while they raise money," Sanchez said.

When all is said and done, about $200,000 over the next year must be raised for the study. The nonprofit plans to hold other events in the future but hasn't yet determined what they will be.

"We're doing it because the studies need to be done and then people can decide for themselves," Sanchez said of incorporation.

A live local band will play, and a variety of salads, a chicken dish, asparagus and lemon tiramisu will be served. Weekend get-always, sports tickets and dinners at restaurants will be auctioned off.

The feasibility study will be conducted by Winzler & Kelly, a 50-year-old civil engineering and surveying firm based out of Northern California.

Alamo Incorporation Movement, which supports cityhood in the unincorporated community, will not be fundraising for the cost of the study, said Chris Kenber, spokesman for the organization. AIM is considered a political group - as opposed to a nonprofit - and would be taxed more on the money raised.

Alamo Community Foundation is less than 1 month old and does not yet have an official Web site. Sanchez said they hadn't set a goal for what they hoped to earn at the dinner.

"We are brand new, hopefully we get a good turnout," she said.

To purchase tickets, call Nancy Huseby at 838-1277.