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Arts fans enjoy taste of the islands during Luau at the Lake

The Merced Arts Center drew hundreds of residents to the shores of Lake Yosemite on Friday night for one last Luau at the Lake fundraiser.

With beautiful blue skies and cool air coming in from the nearby water, residents enjoyed the night of fun, friends, and food while supporting the local arts scene. Guests mingled and made bids on a variety of artworks. Many bought raffle tickets. Music was in the air thanks to the band Candice and the Passengers. There was also the Bear Creek Ukulele Society and the South Pacific Dance Company. Guests enjoyed island cuisine and then they danced the night away.

Merced Arts Center Executive Director Colton Dennis called the Luau “Our biggest fundraiser that helps fund the many arts programs we organize and support throughout Merced County and within the Multicultural Arts Center.”

But he said he was going to miss the event which has run its course.

“The Luau is too close to other summer galas and fundraisers in town,” Dennis explained. “So now we’re coming up with a new theme and at a time of year where there aren’t as many local fundraisers going on.”

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