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Eat, drink and raise money at KidZone’s fund-raiser

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Photo by Josh Miller Billy McCullough of Dragonfly prepares a dish of Vegetable Pad Tai with seared Mano De Leon Scallops Wednesday night in Truckee.
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For the past two years Billy McCullough, the Chef/Owner of Dragonfly restaurant in downtown Truckee, has been donating his and staff time to making a difference for kids and families in the Truckee area.This year will be no different, as Dragonfly will again host a special evening of food, friends and fund-raising for the KidZone Museum on Sept. 29.Past events have raised more than $5,000 for the children’s museum. This year KidZone Executive Director Carol Meagher said she hopes that the dinner will do even better.

“The KidZone keeps growing,” she said. “We have so many members now that we hope that all of our fund-raisers will keep getting bigger.”The menu of this year’s four-course dinner includes a choice between panko-crusted Alaskan halibut with bamboo rice, Chinese long beans, mango-papaya salsa and tropical fruit coconut sauce or grilled New York strip steak with gingered mashed potatoes, Chinese mustard and sesame sauce for entrées.Also included will be a red Thai curry vegetable “Pot-au-feu” – an Asian “Pot of Fire” stew with corn, snap peas, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes and more. Plus your choice of bamboo rice or udon noodles with tempura-style Cape Cod scallops.

For dessert, diners will have the option of key lime pie, pots de crème or a tempura-style twinkie.The cost of the dinner will be $50 per person, which includes the four-course meal. In addition, wine specials will be offered to complement the food. The KidZone will offer free baby-sitting for up to 60 kids for the night of the benefit dinner.

McCullough’s wife, Phebe Bell, is one of the founders of the KidZone, and because the couple has two young children, McCullough said he realizes how vital the KidZone is to the community.”It’s really important to have places like the KidZone in Truckee,” McCullough said, “especially with the winters and the amount of snow we get up here. Kids need an indoor place to play and the KidZone really meets that need.”For info or to make a reservation call 587-0557. To reserve a spot for your child at the KidZone, call 587-5437. Dragonfly is located upstairs at 10118 Donner Pass Road in historic downtown Truckee.