All the proceeds of an annual fund-raiser for Children's Hospital Central California are set to benefit its Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Endowment. The 61st annual Day in the Country, organized by Alegria Guild, drew nearly 500 people to Sherman Thomas Ranch Estate on Saturday. Alegria Guild, along with 14 other guilds, pledged to raise $5 million for the center, which sees follow-up patients and outside referrals for treatment from abuse including physical, neglect and endangerment.
The event, themed Southern Comfort, included a lunch, raffles, door prizes, an artisan fair with 29 vendors and the drawing of the 2012 Carole Sordi's Dream Playhouse for Kids. The playhouse honors the memory of the late Carole Sordi, who served the guild for 27 years. It was built by Eric Bower, of BMY Construction Group Inc., who is the husband of event chair Marissa Bower. Sponsors included the Sordi family, S & J Lumber Inc., Steve Patterson of Patterson Painting, Purl's Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning, Madera Roofing, Warnock Food Products, Rawls Trucking and Sheryl Berry. All proceeds from ticket sales will also be donated to Alegria's cause, organizers said.
This year's winner was Kamryn Berry, 4, who is the granddaughter of Alegria Guild member Sheryl Berry. Sheryl said she bought 11 tickets for each of her grandchildren. Day in the Country organizers were pleased with the event's turnout.
"This event was wonderful. It was well-organized. It went without a hitch. Members worked extremely well together. The food was delicious and perfectly served by the teenagers," said member Cathi Warnock, who served as the food chairperson...