By Anthony Richards

The Beaches Rotaract Club will hold its annual “A Night at the Alhambra” event Feb. 2 beginning with doors opening at 5:30 p.m., which is one of the club’s primary fundraisers each year.

This year’s fundraiser partners with local nonprofit Operation New Hope, which focuses on a mission of helping those released from the criminal justice system adjust to life once their sentence ends.

The primary objectives of Operation New Hope include helping them find jobs and setting up places to live.

Proceeds from both tickets sold to the event and a silent auction held prior to the night’s showing will go toward the cause.

According to Beaches Rotaract fundraising chair Joe Bove, fundraisers like “A Night at the Alhambra,” offer a clear way to give back to the community they call home and is one of the reasons why he got involved in Beaches Rotaract in the first place.

“It’s a cause that will really hit home and a nonprofit that will make a direct impact on those in our community,” Bove said. “We interviewed three nonprofits, but it was touring the Operation New Hope main facility in downtown Jacksonville that really opened our eyes to all that they are trying to do to help others.”

One of the things that Bove did not take into consideration until he started learning more about Operation New Hope is that one of the ways where people can struggle the most is when it comes to the advancements in technology that took place while they were incarcerated.

As a result, that is one of the ways Operation New Hope looks to help through its program.

A graduate of the program, as well as members of Operation New Hope leadership will be on hand during “A Night at the Alhambra” to speak to those in attendance and share a few words about the nonprofit and its importance.

Beaches Rotaract is a division of Rotary International designed for young professionals to take part in. The Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra serves as the parent club for Beaches Rotaract.

This year’s featured show will be A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, which is a tribute show to the legendary country singer, and the silent auction will be part of a happy hour social beforehand.

“We have some strong items that will be part of the auction and currently 15 sponsors for the event overall,” Bove said. “Everything has really shaped up nicely.”

The show, as is the case with every performance that takes place at the famed Alhambra Theatre & Dining, will include a three-course meal for all guests prior to it.

In past years, the fundraiser had been held in December, but this year moved to February, which Bove expects to give a different vibe to the event and draw even more interest coming after the holidays.

Tickets and sponsorships are still available to purchase by going to


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