A local Lions Club wants to bring a little bit of France to a Modesto restaurant to help some Turlock children.
The Turlock 12:10 Lions Club is holding a fund-raiser dinner at Minnie's on McHenry Avenue in Modesto.
Though the dinner isn't until Sept. 19, club members said they need to sell tickets — seating is limited to 100 — by the end of August to ensure the event takes place.
Club president Larry Martin said he got the idea while talking with local chef Annie Henrich. Both are members of the Lions Club and a regional French culture club.
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"We figured why not bring them together?" Martin said.
The Lions want to raise money for "Safely Ever After," a program through MedicAlert that provides bracelets or other jewelry with medical information for area schoolchildren. The program has been a success in Canada, where it originated: students ages 4 to 14 get enrolled for free.
"We need $100 per kid," Martin said. MedicAlert contributes the remainder of the $280 enrollment cost.
"Bistro de Paris" will include five authentic French courses.
Henrich, who will oversee the cooking, said the budget is pretty much nothing.
"We're getting everything donated," she said. That includes the venue, flowers, much of the food and even the prep work — she approached ITT Tech, which is providing 22 students to chop vegetables and get the food ready.
Martin said he's a little nervous because this is the first time his club has tried a fund-raiser of this kind. But he's hoping it becomes a regular event:
"If it's successful, there's no reason we couldn't have two a year," he said.
Tickets may be purchased in Modesto at Minnie's, 107 McHenry Ave., or the Dented Chef, 1018 13th St. Tickets are also available by calling Martin at 681-2604 or Henrich at 648-0923.
Bee staff writer Patty Guerra can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2343.