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Fundraiser to Support ATCAA Food Bank’s Back-up Generator Project

TUOLUMNE COUNTY- The Sonora Sunrise Rotary’s 12th Annual Celebrities Serving Dinner event will benefit Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency’s Food Bank and 15 partner pantries.

Proceeds from the event will go toward ATCAA’s Back Up Generator Project. ATCAA hopes to install an automatic back-up system at their food bank warehouse and to also provide smaller generators for 15 partner pantries who provide food to residents in need at locations throughout Tuolumne County.

Last year the Food Bank served over 14,000 residents and handled about one million pounds of food. Food is received, processed, inventoried, stored and then distributed at locations throughout the county and through 15 partner pantries. The Food Bank continues to meet or exceed these numbers as the need continues to rise.

After experiencing PG&E’s PSPS (Public Safety Power Shutoff) events last year, it became clear that the need to preserve food during these critical times was crucial.

“If an outage occurred today, we would lose $28,000 worth of cold and frozen food, some of which is very hard to replace, says Joe Tobin, the Food Bank Director. “This could impact more than 1,200 families at a critical time when low income residents are hungry and in financial distress when a power shut-off destroys food at their residence.”

Each year, the Sonora Sunrise Rotary chooses a beneficiary for their Celebrity Dinner fundraising event. 100% of the net proceeds for this event will go directly toward the Food Bank’s Generator Project.

The dinner will be held at 6pm at Black Oak Casino Resort’s Hotel Ballroom. Tickets are $100 per person and include a $25 free play coupon courtesy of Black Oak Casino Resort. Dinner is served by local “celebrities” who are elected officials, business leaders and other dignitaries who volunteer to take part in the event. For tickets, more information or to donate to the project, call 209 396-5262, email or log on to To learn more about Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency and their Food Bank, visit,

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