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Appreciation Day Event Set For Law Enforcement
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Law enforcement personnel from multiple agencies will be recognized at a special luncheon, set for Wednesday, Jan. 9 in Oakdale.

Spokesman Marcus Haney said plans are moving along smoothly and he is encouraged by the “growing community response” to the upcoming event.

He also pointed to the tragic shooting death of Newman police officer Ronil Singh as serving as a reminder of the danger faced by law enforcement every day.

“In light of this, the upcoming Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.) event at the Oakdale Bianchi Center is all the more timely for those that serve our community,” Haney said.

Oakdale service organizations are joining together to put on the event. Oakdale Police Department, Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol and California Department of Fish and Wildlife personnel will all be recognized for their dedication and service to the community. The event begins at noon at the Gene Bianchi Community Center, 110 S. Second Ave., Oakdale. Individual tickets are $15 and there is also still the opportunity to reserve a lunch table for eight for $120.

“In addition to the many appreciative citizens that are planning to join us we also are seeing a great response from local businesses, organizations, Oakdale Joint Unified School District and pastors in town,” noted Haney. “Some of the businesses that have already purchased tables for this event are Oak Valley Community Bank, Sconza, Yosemite Farm Credit, I Love Paris, A.L. Gilbert, Haney & Associates Real Estate and we are expecting more.”

Tickets are available from the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce, the Oakdale Golf and Country Club or by contacting Haney with the Oakdale Rotary Club at 209-847-7475. All individuals and organizations are invited.