FISH fundraiser to put chaos in the court |

FISH fundraiser to put chaos in the court

by Amy Roby
Special to The R-C
Ids from left, Pat Bridges, publisher of The Record-Courier; Katrina Rowe, FISH Carson Valley Community Development director; Doug Johnson, Douglas County supervisor; Richard "Bonz" Kudrna Jr., business owner
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Order will likely not be in the court at the “Taking the Stand for Hunger” fundraiser hosted by Friends In Service Helping on Nov. 2 to pay for a dining room in Carson Valley.

Local celebrity judges will preside over the Kangaroo Court at Lentine’s Italian Restaurant from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Warrants have already been served to notorious members throughout the Carson Valley community. Bail will have to be posted if they wish to avoid serving any “hard time.” They’ll have their day in court that Saturday and be subject to a mini-roast by the judge presiding over their case.

The public is invited to attend any and all proceedings and may also participate as part of the jury. Witnesses, jurors, and those in the gallery can make donations to help bail out their favorite fugitives.

Each judge will serve in a self-selected robe and carry their own unique gavel. Judges set to preside include Re/Max Reality’s Scott Smith 10–11 a.m., Edward Jones’ Andy Rice 11 a.m.–noon, R-C Publisher Pat Bridges noon-1 p.m., Douglas County Sheriff Ron Pierini 1-2 p.m., Douglas County Commissioner Doug Johnson from 2-3 p.m., Jay McFadden from 3-4 p.m., and Anytime Fitness Bonz Kudrna from 4-5 p.m.

A canned food drive will be held in the parking lot of Lentine’s from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The event is being held in support of the FISH Carson Valley free family dining room, slated to open in the Gardnerville Ranchos in spring 2014. Organizers are working to add to the revenue already raised for the dining room, which will enable FISH to renovate a kitchen space and start to build inventory for the facility. Local foundations have helped them secure an initial $50,000, and their goal for this event is to match that amount.

FISH has run a successful dining room in Carson City for the last 25 years. Executive Director Jim Peckham said the majority of those they serve are families, and that children make up 47 percent of their clientele.

The long-held vision for the Carson Valley dining room is to have it in a centralized location, and the Gardnerville Ranchos is the most densely populated area in Douglas County. The dining room will be dinner-only and be open 3-4 days per week to start.

“FISH is community-driven and our funds and services stay in the community,” Peckham said. “We are working to raise funds and awareness for this mission.”

In addition to financial gifts and canned goods for the food drive, organizers are also seeking donations of commercial cooking equipment to help outfit the dining room’s kitchen area.

Lentine’s Italian Restaurant is located at 1488 Highway 395 in Gardnerville.

To make a donation or for more information, contact Katrina Rowe, FISH Carson Valley Community Development Director at 775-750-3468.