SCAYD plans first Rockiní the Green benefit on June 29
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By Kaydon Coburn  June 14, 2013 12:00 am

The organization known in the local community for helping families in need is now looking for a show of public support. Sonoma County Adult and Youth Development, also known as SCAYD, is organizing its first Rockin’ the Green fundraising event.

Performances by The Poyntlyss Sistars Rockin’ Show Band, the “eclectic” Wild Mint Band and the Ed Ivey Orchestra will be the featured live entertainment for the “family friendly” Rockin’ the Green event June 29. Additional activities include a kid’s corner, raffles, vendors and food vendors.

“This year we have three amazing local bands providing entertainment,” Executive Director James Gattis said in a media statement.

The Poyntlyss Sistars “show features familiar dance hits from the 50’s to now, with costume changes between sets. We are fully choreographed, visually and technically dynamic show band, and we bring lots of glitz and glitter to the stage” according to the band’s website.

“I was following the funding situation…I was sad and frustrated with what I found out,” said Wild Mint bassist Cheryl Fonseca. “We enjoy playing for causes…and we hope to make a difference.”

State and local budget cuts have impacted the fiscal budget dramatically (see May 31 issue of The Community Voice) and the tri-city organization needs vital program funding. 

“I’m still writing grant proposals,” Gattis said, “But we’re running out of time.”

For more than 30 years, SCAYD has provided a safety net of services for the communities of Rohnert Park and Cotati. The organization provides: counseling, resources and support to families in crisis, parent/youth employment and education services, alcohol and drug diversion programs to family advocacy services, Latino community outreach and emergency rental assistance. SCAYD helped more than 800 individuals receive assistance last year, according to the organization.

“Our mission is to help people in need within our community reach their highest potential in self-sufficiency and well-being,” SCAYD says.

Shirlee Zane, Sonoma County Third District Supervisor, is also scheduled to speak. Rockin’ the Green will be June 29 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Foxtail Golf Club in Rohnert Park. VIP seating is available with sponsorship. 

Admission includes a barbeque lunch and tickets can be purchased in advance for $20 at or $25 at the door. Children 10 and under are admitted free.

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