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Color the Skies plans gala dinner
Hot air balloons at Color the Skies event at Mistlin Park. - photo by Photo Contributed

Color the Skies is hosting  the Focus Dinner Party honoring Children’s Hospital Central California on Saturday, Oct. 19

The hospital serves numerous families in Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties.

Acclaimed Chefs will collaborate with students from Modesto Institute of Technology’s Culinary Program to present guests with a seasonal debut of delicious ingredients in four courses.

Overseeing the effort is Chef Roy Sloan, brother of Ripon resident and Color The Skies volunteers Nancy and Paul Maxon, is a top graduate of Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.

A previous Air Force serviceman, he has traveled to 70 countries around the world, has  been a personal chef to five generals, a vice president of the United States, and owned a restaurant.

It also involves Chef Stephanie Sloan, currently the senior events and visits coordinator at the United States Military Academy at West Point, was an Air Force chef.

She competed for two years as a part of the U.S. Army Culinary Arts Team (USACAT), winning the 2000 Culinary Olympic title, and served as chef and house manager to a three star general.  She has taught at Washington Institute of Arts in Arlington, VA. Fellow CIA Chef Chris Stein, the Sous Chef for the Harbor Reef Restaurant on Catalina Island, will be joining the couple to bring Ripon a taste of New York. The chefs are donating their time and talent to support Childrens’ Hospital.

Dr. Robert Kezirian, pediatric emergency physician, and Dr. Armando Fuentes, medical director of Perinatology, both of Children’s Hospital Central California will speak at the dinner.

“The physicians will focus on the past and the future of Childrens’ Hospital, as well as the expertise and technological advances available in fetal maternal medicine,”  Jessica Coleman said.

Ripon High School senior Sabrina Wright will receive the first Color the Skies, “Youth Volunteer Leadership Award Scholarship.” Jessica Coleman, founder and president of Color the Skies said, “Sabrina has done an excellent job learning the philanthropic principles that we work hard to teach to our youth.  

She’s been an advocate for Color the Skies on campus at school, recruiting and managing her peer volunteers.  She is self-motivated, strives to achieve her goals, and is a responsible young lady.”  Wright has also accepted a paid summer internship with Color the Skies, before attending college in fall of 2014.

Musical performance by Smooth Jazz Artist, Utopian Dreams, will keep with the traditional style of groups like the Rippingtons, Spyro Gyra, Incognito, the Yellowjackets, and Fourplay.  Eddie Baccus Jr., a member of Utopian Dreams, has played with Candy Dulfer, Rick Braun and Grover Washington Jr.

The band will entertain guests with funk, hip hop, soul and Latin grooves. For further information contact