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Good food, fine wine, wonderful people, spectacular bay views from way up in the Richmond hills, uniquely entertaining entertainment, short speeches about big accomplishments. And did we mention the wonderful people?
That about summons up the April 18th tenth Annual Benefit Dinner for the Rosie the Riveter Trust, held at the grand old Mira Vista Country Club (which, according to Kaiser historian Lincoln Cushing almost become a temporary shipyard workers’ hospital back in1942).
As usual, the no-host bar was doing a booming business as guests crowded up to the bar, then drifted off to survey, appraise, and bid on a vast and enticing assortment of culinary, gustatory, and artistic product and services at the silent auction next door. Representatives from Napa’s Trefethen Winery, which provided the evenings’ fine wines, was pouring free tastings for those who weren’t too busy shooting “We Can Do It” selfies with a number of World War II Rosies or chatting with NPS staffers.
As folks found their tables and dinner was served, the Trust’s president, Diane Hedler, welcomed the full house of some 225 guests and staff, reeling off an impressive list of the Trust’s accomplishments. The Every Kid in a Park program (highlighted in an adjoining article) brought some 1,200 local fourth graders to the park’s Visitor Center in its initial year (2015/16) for three-hour field trips, building a solid foundation for a new generation of local park users in this second century of the NPS. The park’s national and local visibility was enhanced by the Guinness World Record-breaking turn out of Rosie-dressed participants at last August’s Rosie Rally and Home Front Festival. Other highlights of the year, she noted, included the U.S. Senate-approved official “Rosie Day” of March 21 as a “collective national effort to raise awareness of the 16,000,000 women who worked during World War II.”
Other speakers included Park Superintendent Tom Leatherman; Alize Martinez, a graduate of the Rosies Girls Summer Camp; and Marsha Mather-Thrift, executive director of the Trust, who underscored the ongoing need for financial and other forms of support for the Trust’s “massive undertaking” for EKIP and other programs.
And then the fun began in earnest as musician and Hawaiian dance promoter Don Damon brought on his Na Mamo No’eau Hawaiian hula dancers, whose performance included a special Rosie Luau featuring four local dancers dressed as Rosies. What next?
By the time the custard and cake made its appearance, the sun had sunk far below the Golden Gate on a still balmy and memorable evening in recognition of another year in the hard work and sacrifice of the many people who keep the Rosie’s Can-Do promise alive.
Special thanks to our Annual Dinner Sponsors!
Park Florist, Richmond CA.
Mira Vista Country Club, El Cerrito CA.
Rosie Trust will be participating again in
From 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM Thursday, May 4!
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Rosie Trust is producing a documentary film about legendary Park Ranger, Betty Reid Soskin. Your gift will directly support this important project. To help us reach our goal a generous donor has offered to match all gifts up to $8,000!
How you can help on May 4th:
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- Schedule a 5/4/17 donation through EastBayGives.org today!
RICHMOND — This coming Tuesday, March 21, is officially the first ever American Rosie the Riveter Day, a nationwide observance honoring the women who worked in defense roles on the World War II home front, breaking barriers and reshaping the modern workforce. The national recognition will be marked locally at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historical Park visitors center, 1414 Harbour Way South with an appearance by six of the women who worked in the Richmond shipyards.
The day of recognition became official with the approval of a U.S. Senate resolution approved on March 15.
Mar 1, 2017 Press Release
Washington, D.C.- To kick off Women’s History Month, a bicameral group of bipartisan lawmakers led by Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA), Jackie Speier (D-CA), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), along with Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Christopher Coons (D-DE) and 53 other members of Congress, introduced a Congressional Resolution to designate March 21st, 2017, as ‘National Rosie the Riveter Day,’ a national day of recognition for the millions of women who supported the war effort on the home front during World War II.
The ‘National Rosie the Riveter Day’ would honor the vital contributions that were made by countless American women of all backgrounds during World War II who, with millions of American men deployed overseas, joined the workforce in increasing numbers and took on new roles previously held by men.
“The ‘Rosies’ helped our nation win World War II, and inspired generations who continue to follow in their footsteps, knowing that women can do anything that men can do,” said Rep. Huffman. “The changing roles of women in the workforce during the war forced us to look at child care and health care in a new way, and increased the momentum toward equal rights — a fight that continues today. We owe the Rosies a great debt, and must continue to recognize them as the American heroes that they are.”
The Aug. 13, 2016 gathering of Rosie-the-Riveter lookalikes in Richmond has been officially declared the largest ever by Guinness World Records, officials at Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park said Tuesday.
On that date, 2,229 people dressed as the iconic Rosie gathered at the Craneway Pavilion, according to Guinness World Records.
The gathering eclipsed the record set in 2015 at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, Mich., where 2,090 Rosie lookalikes assembled.
Rosie the Riveter Trust Annual Dinner - April 8, 2017
Mira Vista Country Club, El Cerrito CA
Help us celebrate the legacy of Rosie as we work to inspire new generations. Meet national park rangers and beneficiaries of our youth programs. Enjoy gorgeous views of the San Francisco Bay,1940s ambiance, cocktails, a huge silent auction and more!
Time: 6:00 pm Cocktails - 7:00 pm Dinner
Attire: Business casual – 1940s style encouraged
Join us to honor WWII Rosies and the Rosie spirit!
This event is now SOLD OUT! Thanks to everyone who bought a ticket and we will see you on April 8!