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49er Festival: Chili Charlie's Neighbors Pitch In


One For All is more than just a slogan…it’s the rallying cry to keep the 49er Festival alive for years to come. Just when it looked like there wouldn’t be a 2023 49er Festival, Hot Chili Charlie reached out to some of his neighbors and asked for help. So they’re divvying up some of the big fundraising elements of the Festival. In return, they’ll be bringing much-needed funds to local nonprofits as well as supporting the Yosemite Chamber’s ongoing programs.


Meet Pine Cone Polly. When she isn’t slinging drinks or entertaining onstage at the saloon, Polly and her friends are volunteers dedicated to keeping the arts alive in our little mountain town. She knows how to put on a show and is happiest when her sweet voice brings smiles, or even the occasional tear, to her audience’s faces. She’s a hardworking gal with a Can-Do attitude and lots of love for her community.


Polly and her pals jumped at the chance to take on the Silent Auction this year. Proceeds will benefit our own Pine Cone Performers, a 501(c)3 charitable organization that provides two wonderful concerts and many personal appearances to enhance our local events. Like most nonprofits, they are struggling to stay afloat. Concert ticket sales alone cannot sustain them and the board needed a new source of revenue to retain a professional music director and purchase music. The 49er Festival is a perfect ready-made fundraising opportunity and the Silent Auction is always a big hit.


It’s not too early to send donations for the 49er Festival Silent Auction in September. Once again, Premier Valley Bank will be a drop-off point for products, baskets, and gift certificates as auction items. For more information, email 49erfestival@yosemitechamber.org.


Watch for Polly on social media and in the Weekly as she revs up for the 49er Festival Silent Auction on Saturday, September 16. Sure as shootin’ there will be lots of great items on offer.


Special thanks to Bethany Wilkinson of Sabre Design for conjuring up Charlie’s four neighbors. She’s the original creator of Hot Chili Charlie and Sabre Design is the official provider of Graphic Design services for the 49er Festival.


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