Leadership Merced to celebrate 25 years of service with June 5 luau

Leadership Merced said it will celebrate 25 years of operation with a luau by Lake Yosemite June 5.

The evening will mark all that's been accomplished by the program while also continuing with Leadership Merced's mission of community service, the organization said in a news release.

Class 25, which is organizing the event, will donate the proceeds to the Merced County Food Bank to pay for a commercial-grade freezer and will also offer scholarships to local high school students.

The luau, at Rotary Cove I, will begin at 5 p.m. to give guests a time to socialize. Dinner, which includes pulled pork and chicken, will be served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35. Businesses can also help sponsor the event.

Leadership Merced is a 10-month course that exposes participants to one facet of the community one Friday of every month. The days include a focus on agriculture, education, infrastructure and other themes in Merced County.

The object of Leadership Merced is to inspire and train new community leaders, the news release said. At the last class of the year, class members are given opportunities to volunteer to help a variety of community agencies.

The Greater Merced Chamber of Commerce founded the program in 1985. It has more than 300 graduates, who work in all sectors of the community — government, private industry and nonprofit.

The evening will feature several events, including live music, cocktails, Polynesian dancers, a silent and dessert auction and a raffle.For more information, please call Jennifer Krumm at (209) 384-7092.