"Oxnard's Police and Fire Officers volunteer as waiters/waitresses for the cause"

OXNARD -- A hearty appetite can help make a difference to the scores of families who have suffered losses from the recent terrorist attacks in New York. Oxnard's popular seaside steak & seafood restaurant, The Whale's Tail, will be hosting a week-long "Dining For Donations" fundraiser where 10 percent of all proceeds generated from October 15 - 21 will be donated to the New York Police & Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund.

In a remarkable show of solidarity and support, Oxnard's Police and Fire Officers will volunteer as guest waiters/waitresses the evening Wednesday, October 17. Their presence and interaction with members of the community promises to bolster donations and spread awareness for the campaign to provide assistance for their fellow officers. The restaurant is located at 3950 Bluefin Circle in Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard. This initial collaboration with Oxnard's public safety officers lays the groundwork for an annual fundraising commitment to the men and women who serve their communities as policemen and firemen.

"We all feel the need to help in some way," says Whale's Tail owner and operator Michael Koutnik. "Joining with the local police and fire departments we can unite the community by working together to impact the lives of families of our fallen heros."

Kicking off the campaign Monday, October 15, an enormous "Wall of Unity" display will adorn the entrance of the restaurant in tribute to those whose lives were taken so tragically. Throughout the week, patrons will have the opportunity to sign a personal heartfelt message to the grieving families in New York. A collection graph will display the amount of funds contributed and will change daily to reflect the rising amount. The "Wall of Unity" will be shipped to The Big Apple organization with the funds gathered at the conclusion of the week.

As an on-going show of appreciation for the officers who are volunteering their participation, the Whale's Tail children's menu card will feature a fun coloring contest with fire trucks and police cars honoring those who serve the community. For the dinner crowd on October 17th, the Whale's Tail renowned chef will augment the menu with a special entree gleaned from a popular Fireman's Cookbook. The staff will be wearing America's colors and patrons will be given red, white and blue memorial ribbons in gratitude of their support. A fire truck and police car will be parked alongside the restaurant for the special occasion which gets underway from 5:00PM to 9:00PM.

Whale's Tail hours are from 11:00AM to 2:30PM for lunch and 5:00PM to 9:30PM for dinner. Reservations and additional information about the "Dining For Donations" to benefit the New York Police & Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund can be obtained by calling the restaurant at (805) 985-2511 or going on-line at www.thewhalestail.com.

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United now and united then...



"A glimpse of the past reborn as a fundraising event for the

WWII Airpower Heritage Museum in Camarillo and victims of the terrorist attacks"

Camarillo, CA -- As we honor the heroic deeds of those whose lives were lost on September 11, planning is underway for a unique celebration of yesterday's heroes and the sense of patriotic unity that forever binds us all. On Saturday, October 27 from 4:00PM to 10:00PM the WWII Airpower Heritage Museum in Camarillo (455 Aviation Drive) will host The Hollywood Canteen, a fundraising celebration for both the museum and the American Red Cross New York Disaster Relief Fund.

 Patrons will take a step back in time to the 1940s with the sights, sounds and camaraderie that brought strength to our nation. The spectacular event celebrates the museum's official re-opening in Camarillo as a permanent memorial in honor of those who served our country so well.

 The museum will be alive with the tunes of yesteryear -- from the swing to the music of the Tex Beneke Orchestra with his tribute to the Glenn Miller Band, to the sultry sounds of the Ink Spots as they sing their memorable hits including, "If I Didn't Care." Other entertainment includes Beryl Davis (former vocalist of Glenn Miller's Air Force Band), Skip Cunningham (tap dancing phenomenon), and comic Al Lampkin, who has performed in five overseas USO Tours.

In addition to the authentic vintage WWII airplanes on display, introductory tours through the historical displays and interactive exhibits help pay tribute to the bygone era. While mingling with friends, patrons may do a double-take among the guests as popular 1940s Hollywood celebrity look-a-likes join in the celebration. An array of delectable foods will also be available for purchase.

"The Hollywood Canteen will be a very special evening that will bring back the nostalgia of the music, the excitement of the celebrities, and the feeling of unity through a common goal," says Michael Ayers of Entertainment Licensing Productions. "It is an evening of fun and entertainment that honors and thanks the WWII veterans and supporters."

 For more information and ticket donations, please call toll-free

(888) 842-8365,

or visit www.WWIIAIRPOWER.com.

Tickets, ranging from $20 to $30, are also available through TicketWeb.com. All donations are tax deductible and a portion of proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross New York Disaster Relief Fund. Parking is free.


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CONTACT: Lisa Carey Public Relations -=- (818) 889-1085 or lcpr1@earthlink.net