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Optimist tiki time raises funds for youth programs

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Michele Conard, Zac Penix, Madison Jane, Erin Sweeney
(Savanah Duffy)

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The Point Loma Optimist Club extends an island-sized mahalo! to the 280 guests who came to support Peninsula youth programs at the annual Golden Optimistiki fundraiser April 26 at the Bali Hai Restaurant on Shelter Island. The picture-perfect Hawaiian-themed event saw guests dressed in colorful floral shirts, muumuus and pa’u skirts sipping the restaurant’s world-famous Mai Tais, as they browsed a market of tropical clothing, accessories and silent auction items before sitting down to a luau feast. Event chair Glenn Mouritzen said entertainment was provided by James Intveld, Hukilau Hotshots, Whig Out!, Kitten on the Keys and the Bali Hai Floor Show. Optimist Club meetings are 7 a.m. Tuesdays at the San Diego Yacht Club. Those interested may e-mail Jim Dennison at jbdennison@cox.net for membership details.

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Jeff Granito of Jeff Granito Designs poses with his wife, Katy, at the stand displaying his art on pillow cases, stickers and postcards.
( Savanah Duffy )

 

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OB Elementary School principal Marco Drapeau, flanked by first-grade teacher Kristen Kilian (left) and third-grade teacher Marie Wright (right)
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Adam Zack and Jorge Nerio, employees at Jensen’s Foods in Point Loma
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The Hukilau Hotshots perform.
(Savanah Duffy)

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Guests line up to partake in the feast provided by Bali Hai restaurant.
( Savanah Duffy )

 

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Kevin Oswald serves up roast pig, a luau treat.
(Savanah Duffy)

 

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George Williams flashes a thumbs-up as he photobombs Elena Gefrom and Dottie DeVille.
(Savanah Duffy)

 

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Optimist Club members Terry and Tom Lewis (far left and far right), pose with Optimist Collin Clifford and fiancee Becky Campbell. “He just bought his first Hawaiian shirt today!” Campbell said with a laugh.
( Savanah Duffy )
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Colleen Veltz and Mary Curran step away from the crowd to take in the San Diego skyline.
( Savanah Duffy )

 

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Ashley DeSanti, Todd Miller, Sara Smith
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Roxanne Weaver
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A large roast pig on display offers a sneak peek at dinner.
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Alessandra Thornton, organic jewelry designer and owner of Andean Amazon Treasures
(Savanah Duffy)


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