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Mayor’s Ball promises to be inspirational night

Merced Mayor Matthew Serratto, at center, is gearing up for the 2023 Mayor’s Ball on Aug. 25.
Merced Mayor Matthew Serratto, at center, is gearing up for the 2023 Mayor’s Ball on Aug. 25.

The Mayor’s Ball in Merced is growing to be quite the social and community event — the place to be, if you will.

The 2023 edition is set for the evening of Aug. 25 at Vista Ranch Cellars. For tickets go online to eventbrite.com and search for Merced Mayor’s Ball. Or call (209) 384-9537.

Of course, Merced Mayor Matthew Serratto will be the center of attention. And members of the Merced County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce deserve kudos for organizing the affair.

But what makes the event so special is the opportunity it provides to recognize and support some inspirational local nonprofits who are making a difference for local residents.

This year’s ball will benefit Club 67 and Sacred Rock.

Club 67 is an ongoing nocturnal dance party for members of the special needs community across Merced County. Founded by Elisabete Dobbins, Club 67 provides a safe place for people 18 and over to have a night out on the town and have fun. There’s food, drinks and a live DJ. Recent events held at Ravello’s Restaurant in downtown Merced have been very well-attended. They hope to grow the program.

Sacred Rok is a Yosemite-based non-profit that has led trips to Yosemite and in the Eastern Sierra for hundreds of underserved local young people to experience the healing ceremony of nature.

Mentors in the group help transform the lives of young people by providing the opportunity to develop their sense of self in relation to the natural world through time outside hiking, rock climbing, fly fishing, camping and backpacking and stewardship projects. The goal of Sacred Rok is to help youth, including incarcerated youth, probation and often times foster youth, to grow and heal by learning to respect nature and through that to respect themselves. There are some notable local names on the Sacred Rok board, including Brian Cooley, the former Chief Probation Officer of Merced County; and Lamar Henderson of the local All Dads Matter program.

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