An annual fundraiser to benefit Children’s Hospital Central California is set for today and will feature what has quickly become a major feature for it.
During the last three years, Alegria Guild has included a drawing for a playhouse in its Day in the Country event to honor late member Carole Sordi.
Sordi, who was a member of Alegria Guild for 27 years, had yearned for a long time to raffle a playhouse for children with all the proceeds from ticket sales benefitting Children’s Hospital Central California. Sordi found it difficult to offer this raffle prize in Day in the Country until early 2010, when local builder Jeremy Near volunteered to construct the playhouse. Sordi also received help from Mickie Purl and Sheryl Berry to start the first-ever playhouse raffle.
Sordi never saw the completed playhouse, however, as she passed away on Aug. 1, 2010, due to complications from Lou Gehrig’s disease. Nevertheless, the members of Alegria Guild raffled the first Carole Sordi’s Dream Playhouse for Kids during the fundraiser in October of that year. Alegria Guild has been able to continue raffling a playhouse in her honor every year with the help of donations from Central Valley businesses and with ticket sale proceeds benefitting the hospital...