Some 300 distinguished local residents — all dressed to the nines — attended the second annual Mayor’s Ball last Saturday at Vista Ranch.
The charitable, black-tie event, hosted by the Merced County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, celebrated the community contributions of Mayor Matthew Serratto, as well as raised money for two local nonprofits.
It was a lavish affair, with fine wine and an outdoor meal under the oak trees of the Vista Ranch landscape. There was even a wonderful sunset to accent the evening.
Dignitaries at the event — including State Assemblywoman Esmeralda Soria — honored Serratto’s handpicked local nonprofits: Sacred Rok and Club 67. The goal of Sacred Rok is to help youth, including incarcerated youth, to heal by learning to respect nature and through that to respect themselves. Club 67 provides an opportunity for local special needs individuals to get together on a Friday evening each month to dance, have fun and expand their social circles in a safe, inclusive space.
“I really appreciated everyone coming out and supporting the nonprofits,” said Annissa Fragoso, one of the committee members who produced the festivities. “The event was hugely successful, and we surpassed our attendance capacity from last year.”
The chamber is still tabulating the proceeds, but organizers hope to surpass last year’s fundraising effort that came in at $27,500. Some of the funds will also go to the acquisition of a new Mayor’s Cup trophy that is presented annually to the winner of the football rivalry game between Merced High School and Golden Valley High.
Kudos go to the following committee members who helped make the Mayor’s Ball and enjoyable event for all who attended: Noelia Ochoa, Natalie Galasso, Tami Davidson, Annissa Fragoso, Elena Gomez, Sarah Herrera and Marlyn Huesgew, among many others.