Night of Stars I
The first Fresh Takes fundraiser, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Redwood City, was held at the Fox Theatre in September of 2010. What made this event unique was the fact that Fresh Takes had no location, just a logo and a vision. Oscar winning Pixar producer Brad Lewis became our first hall-of-fame inductee and Victoria Raiser, a local film director, was honored with a Dooley award for achievement. Noah Nousiainen won the Dooley award for a local film competition with his stop-action animation. A Dean Martin impersonator provided the entertainment.
Night of Stars II
Our second fundraiser was also held at the Fox Theatre in 2011. By this time, Fresh Takes had become a 501 (c) 3 non-profit. The company had held its first summer camps and had launched its After School programs just must earlier. Jason Schleifer, the head animator for Dreamworks was our hall-of-fame inductee. Sean Story, a student architect of Fresh Takes was given the Dooly award for outstanding youth service. Mio the Magician provided the entertainment.
Night of Stars III
Again, Night of Stars returned to the Fox. Film director/choreographer Kenny Ortega was the hall-of-fame inducted. Away on assignment in Europe, Kenny’s plaque was accepted by his sister Debbie. Both had grown up in Redwood City. The AT&T sponsored PenFlick Challenge award for best film by a Peninsula teen was won by Toren Fronsdal , a freshman at Sequoia High School.
The annual Night of Stars events have produced nearly $200-thousand dollars in donations and sponsorships.