OAKHURST – The race for Oakhurst’s next honorary mayor is heating up just like the weather, and if one mayoral candidate has his way, your kitchen could stay cool while temperatures soar.
Raffle tickets are now on sale for the “Great Kitchen Shut-Down” Raffle, put on by organizers of “Kurtis for Mayor.”
YHS grad-turned-Marine Kurtis Foster is running for honorary mayor on behalf of the Boys & Girls Club of Oakhurst (BGC). What’s at stake?
It’s seven nights of dinner out at area establishments including Oka Japanese Restaurant, Ducey’s Bar and Grill, DiCicco’s Italian Restaurant, Crab Cakes Fun Family Seafood, Sweetwater Steakhouse, El Cid Mexican Cuisine and Southgate Brewing Company.
Raffle tickets are $5 each at Ameriprise Financial, River Creek Golf Course and the Oakhurst BGC. A drawing will be held at the Mayoral Finale on July 10. Winner need not be present.
Organizers of the Great Kitchen Shut-Down invite the community to purchase tickets with the chance to enjoy “seven glorious nights of dinner out with no shopping, no cooking and no cleaning!”
In the honorary mayor race, sponsored by the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce, candidates compete to see who can raise the most funds for their nonprofit organizations, with each $1 raised counting as a vote. The organization with the most votes serves as an ambassador for Oakhurst throughout the next year.
Over the years, the annual campaign has brought awareness to and raised thousands of dollars for many local charities. This year’s race began on Apr. 17 and continues to July 10.
The BGC is a nonprofit youth development organization dedicated to promoting the development of strong character and leadership skills in boys and girls within a safe and nurturing environment.
Kurtis Foster is a Yosemite High School alumni, full-time single father and Marine who served three tours in Iraq; he has been honored with three Purple Hearts. He also served on the staff of Congressman Jeff Denham.
“Kurtis wanted to get involved with the Boys & Girls Club to help it continue to thrive,” say BGC insiders, “so that his 2 year old son can be offered the benefit of its great programs one day.”
Other events planned by the Kurtis for Mayor team include a Kids’ Carnival at Oakhurst Park on May 31, and a Rummage and Bake Sale at the BGC on June 15. Sierra Sky Ranch will host Blues, Brews and BBQ on June 21 and a family BBQ is set for the River Creek Golf Course on June 30.