FISH’s banquet is Thursday |

FISH’s banquet is Thursday

Nevada Appeal Staff Report

Jim Peckham offers what he views as impeccable reasons for attending Thursday’s FISH fundraising banquet: you gotta have heart, and fun.

Peckham, executive director of FISH, or Friends In Service Helping, says this year’s annual “Have A Heart” dinner is based on the theme “Opening your Heart is the key to opening doors.”

But in addition to helping his and another non-profit in their work for the needy, he says, it will prove a gala evening at the Carson Nugget.

“It’s going to be a fun time,” Peckham said.

The banquet, he said, features a “crisp agenda,” adult beverages, a fine meal with convivial community supporters, an opportunity to honor two public figures, various silent auction items and a good time for a good cause.

“It’s about having the community come together and help the non-profits,” he said.

Those non-profits are FISH and the Capital City Circles Initiative, with which FISH coordinates and cooperates in Carson City.

Former Carson City Supervisor Shelly Aldean, a driving force behind the Circles of Support effort, and state Sen. Debbie Smith of Sparks will be honored at the event.

Smith has been instrumental in issues helping both education and non-profits like FISH and Circles.

Among the silent auction items are area golf outings, collectible wines, tax preparation and the like.

Tickets are $100 per plate at tables of 10, or groups can purchase a table of eight for $1,000, which includes extra wine, chances at prizes and special recognition.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, dinner at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are available by calling FISH at (775) 882-3474.