Every year now for thirteen years, the Red Light Ball has attracted thousands of people for a nice meal, great dancing and a fine purpose at the big building at the fairgrounds (my dad helped build it way way back). It raises money for important equipment and other things the local police and fire personnel need.
Two men were honored as heroes for pulling a motorist from a burning vehicle. Mike Fannuchi, one of the heroes was a classmate of mine at NUHS. There were 550 people who bought tickets and along with my fiancee, we sat a table with some very nice folks. We saw many of the folks that make our county work, local business people and other from the area. It was really nice to see so many old friends, old meaning knowing them for long time. There was a lot of gray haired and bearded men who now sport a Van Dyke. The seems to be the rebelliousness in men who were always clean shaven in their youth.
Bill Drown and Jeanette Royal have been the folks in charge of putting this together and it was great. The decorations were done by Royal and they were awesome. The food was catered as usual and I must say it was tasty. The bar served wine, beer and mixed drinks. I stuck with water. I always wondered what would happen to someone who imbibed a bit too much and left the shindig in their car? Would the police take them in? Just a thought in humor.
So we all danced and chatted and had a great time. Many elected officials were there as well. Brian Daille, a Lassen County Supervisor running for the new First District Assembly seat was jetting around the rom. Doug LaMalfa, Hank Weston and past Supervisor Bill Schultz were there too. We finished the evening on the dane floor, pretty tired from doing the boogaloo all evening. It was a very good time for a very good cause.
Oh and I just remembered, Monty East, honored by the Sheriff for all his good works here in Nevada County over the years, listed some of Monty's accomplishments as well. Monty listed CABPRO and yes, he was one of the original Board Members back in 1993. Along with Ty Short, Jerry Borgnis, Lowell Robinson and Maskey Heath, Monty was and is a true American original patriot. It was very nice to see him and his lovely wife Judy and have a chance to chat for a few moments. They are great people. I met Monty right after he moved here in 1985 to run the local PG and E division. He took all the local officials on a tour of the Yuba Bear , Drum Powerhouse up by Dutch Flat. We stayed friends aver since.