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Miranda Rae Mayo of NBC’s ‘Chicago Fire’ to ignite interest in benefit for Visalia Emergency Aid Council

Miranda Rae Mayo of NBC’s ‘Chicago Fire’ to ignite interest in benefit for Visalia Emergency Aid Council

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VISALIA – Miranda Rae Mayo provides plenty of emergency aid as Stella Kidd in the hit NBC show Chicago Fire. But this Saturday, Mayo will be coming to the rescue of all Visalians in need of food, assistance and information.

Mayo is one of the biggest names in a list of celebrities that will be in attendance at the Visalia Emergency Aid Council’s “Evening on the Red Carpet” on Saturday, Oct. 14.

The event, to be held from 6 to 10 p.m. at Giant Chevrolet & Cadillac in Visalia, is a fundraiser for the new community pantry, family resource center and education center to be built at the current Visalia Emergency Aid Council (VEAC) site, 217 NE 3rd Ave.

Other confirmed celebrities include Hank J. Barr (COPS), Brett Prieto (Victory by Submission) Jacob Price (Sand Trap) Caleb Brown (Disney’s Bizardvaark, Mother’s Day) along with guest emcee George Takata, KSEE 24 anchor.

An Evening on the Red Carpet will feature dinner catered by Café 225, dancing, live and silent auction and the opportunity to win a car valued at $40,000. Tickets are $75 per person; a reserved table is $1,000.

The fundraising goal is $500,000 and over $200,000 has already been raised, noted executive director Liz Wynn. Major sponsors are Lagomarsino Farms, Family HealthCare Network, the Provident /Salierno Family Foundation, Macy’s Foundation, Visalia Rotary Community Foundation, Tachi Palace & Casino and Paloma Development. Fistolera Construction is providing construction services.

For nearly 80 years, Visalia Emergency Aid Council has been providing food to families with children and seniors, working from an adobe brick and mortar building in north Visalia. That building today has a leaky roof, inadequate storage space, no heating or air conditioning and it doesn’t meet current building codes.

“We have survived the ups and downs of the economy, droughts and freezes because our community and local businesses have a cultural norm of generosity,” Wynn noted. “The people of Visalia care about those who are less fortunate, and these gifts will help us feed the future for another 80 years.”

The nonprofit organization serves 2,100 children every month, along with seniors on fixed incomes. The mission is to help ensure that no one has to choose between paying rent or buying food, Wynn explained. For further information, call Wynn, 732-0101, or email liz@veac.org. To purchase tickets, visit www.veac.org.

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