Over 120 attended the Citizens for a Better Williams Fundraiser Dinner, ‘An Evening at the Lodge’, held on Saturday, November 1, 2014.
“We have had lots of people ask us, “what’s up there”,” said lodge co-owner Pat Ash, “and with lots of hard work we’ve decided to invite you all up and enjoy an evening at the lodge.”
Stepping into the meeting room on the second floor of the Tuscan Lodge No. 215 you’re immediately taken back to when times were simpler.
The 1930’s styled, former masonic lodge, was beautifully adorned with fall decorations giving a simple but elegant atmosphere for the event.
“Debbie Charter did a wonderful job decorating,” said Ash.
A hidden charm honors the past; the 1930s-built meeting room seems more untouched by modern ways than any room in town.
Perhaps it is because the Freemasons do not commonly open their meeting rooms to the public, or maybe because the lodge hasn’t been used since the 1990’s.
“To my knowledge, this is the first largest event to be held at the lodge in a long time,” said Ash, “the masons held many of pheasant festivals, and event but it’s unknown how many actually attended.”
After the lodge had been built in 1930, California Governor Frank Merriman addressed the citizens of Williams at the lodge.
As the lodge opened its doors to the public for the first time in twenty years, history repeated itself with Governor Jerry Brown paying a visit to Williams.
Brown was in town for his final political rally in the 2014 General Election and decided to stay for an evening at the lodge.
“It was an honor to have Governor Brown attended,” said Ash, “It was a great day for Williams.”
The Governor made his introductions but took the evening at ease and even participated in a little playful bidding during the live auction.
Guests were treated to dining was at its finest – catered by Rocco’s Bar and Grill a full course meal was served with petite tenders served with a mushroom demi sauce, prawns as a main course.
“Everyone had a great time,” said CBW President Andi Armstrong, “The event was well attended and the outpouring of support was awesome.”
The group raised over $15,000 that evening.
The Citizens for a Better Williams is a non-profit organization that is known for our efforts in cleaning city streets, maintaining downtown landscapes and hosts two large community events each year. The organization has also pioneered the efforts for supporting our troops locally, by lining city streets with American Flags on respected holidays, and providing a big ‘Welcome Home’ celebration for our soldiers when they return from war zones.
For more information about the Citizens for a Better Williams, visit their Facebook page or their website at http://www.downtownwilliams.com