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Agape Villages Jail N' Bail fundraiser returns to Tri-Valley

Annual event supports foster family agency

Agape Villages Foster Family Agency will gather some of the Tri-Valley's "most wanted" for its annual Jail N' Bail fundraising event in Pleasanton and San Ramon this month.

On April 17 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., about 50 volunteers will pose as "jailbirds" wearing prison stripes and contact family, friends and business associates to raise "bail" money to get released from custody in an effort to collect funds for programs benefiting local foster youth.

The event is set to take place at Comerica Bank Pleasanton, located at 600 Main St., and Comerica Bank San Ramon at 3110 Crow Canyon Place.

The jailbirds' bail amounts will be set by volunteer judges including Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce directors David Stark and Todd Moberg along with retired Alameda County Judge Ron Hyde. The San Ramon judges will be Mayor Bill Clarkson and Danville Town Councilman Newell Arnerich.

Agape Villages places children in foster homes in the Bay Area and other parts of Northern California. The 55-year-old agency recruits, trains, supervises and financially supports foster kids and parents. They serve disadvantaged children, adolescents and young adults from newborn to 21 years old, according to agency reps.

Funds from the Jail N' Bail event will support Agape Villages' various enrichment programs, counseling, teen independent living skills programs, weekly social worker visits and transportation among other services.

Jail N' Bail is open to the public and those who wish to participate can "turn themselves in" at either Comerica Bank location the day of the event. Participants can also send a "bribe" donation by mail to Agape Villages, 3160 Crow Canyon Place, Suite 120, San Ramon, CA 94583 or online at www.agapevillages.org.

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