Wow, where does the time go?  It seems like we just started looking for venues and trying to figure out the best place to do a fundraiser and setting the dates.  The dates seemed so far off.  Well, here we are 24 days away from our big night!!  February 4, 2011 is quickly approaching.

It is all coming together and is looking like a nice evening for those who want to get out for the evening and help a great cause.  At 7:00pm on February 4,  we will be cruising down the Sacramento River aboard the Empress Hornblower for two and a half hours while listening to the piano stylings of Tara O’Brien.  Tara has released two piano albums and is currently working on her third album.  In addition to composing, Tara is completing her internship for her Bacherlor of Music in Music Therapy at Music To Grow On.  While taking in the music and the cruise, attendees can enjoy appetizers, desserts, and wines donated by local wineries.  In addition, there is a silent auction with many offerings including a variety of gift baskets, wine tasting and tours with winemakers, photography sittings, a trio of Clesi Red Wines from Paso Robles, books, initial consultation for a home design, CDs, art, scrapbooking items, and much more.

Proceeds gained from the event and silent auction will cover the costs for two Board Certified Music Therapists to present information about Music Therapy, provide consultative music therapy, and donate instrument sets to birth families of children with Down Syndrome at a 3-day conference in Sofia, Bulgaria.  An additional stop is being planned to Stara Zagora, Bulgaria to visit with additional families with children with special needs and to visit an orphanage to donate instruments and provide interactive music time.

Tickets for the event can be purchased by sending a check payable to BRIGHT Children International to 8801 Folsom Boulevard, Suite 105, Sacramento, California 95826.  Tickets are $60 per person and include the cruise, concert, wine and desserts/appetizers, a souvenir photo by MRS Photography and parking validation.  Please submit checks by January 26 to allow for mailing of your tickets and allow for the correct head count.

Please plan on arriving at 6:30 to check in, have your souvenir photo taken, and board the boat for a prompt departure at 7:00pm.  The event attire is semi-formal.  If you are unable to attend the event but would like to help out with a silent auction item, a wine donation, or a monetary donation, please contact Bessie at