Prime Rib in the Park beefs up coffers of recreation program

By From page A5 | August 24, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Danny and Rene Puim had their eyes on a pair of Elvin Bishop tickets. “We are hoping no one else knows who Elvin Bishop is,” he said.

Among the 200-plus at Saturday’s Prime Rib in the Park, odds are there was at least one or two other folks who knew about the man behind the hit “Fooled Around and Fell in Love.”

It was the first time the Puims, who live Fairfield, decided to give the annual fundraiser a try.

The event is the major source of revenue for Fun on the Run, a free mobile recreation program that serves the city of Fairfield.

Suisun City councilman Mike Segala offered praise for the program even though it doesn’t stop in his city. He noted it was an excellent way to show youth different avenues, away from gangs.

Fun on the Run is geared for youth ages 4-18.

Mary Ann Moody perused the selection of raffle baskets. She has been attending Prime Rib in the Park for about five years. “It’s a nice variety,” she said of the items on the silent auction block. “It’s for a good cause.”

John Thompson, of Fairfield Host Lions, started cooking the 300 pounds of meat shortly after noon. He’s manned the meat for all 10 years of the fundraiser. He began by helping the late Maury Epps.

The key to the perfect prime lies in checking it often, he said. About every 30 to 40 minutes. “There are a lot of variable factors here,” he said of the outdoor cooker. “At home you can just put it in the oven and forget about it.”

He also has his own secret rub, “with a lot of different things,” spicewise. “I think the oregano, rosemary and thyme add to the aroma and flavor,”  Thompson said.

Thompson gets to see the fruit of his labor. His grandchildren participate in Fun on the Run programs, he said.

Nancy Hopkins, who served on the board of the Fairfield Community Services Foundation, said the event is a win-win for all involved. Fun on the Run is a joint venture between the foundation and the city of Fairfield.

“It’s so nice the Lions have committed and continued to support us,” she said.

Fun on the Run makes more than 15,000 visits during the school year, Hopkins said.

In May, the program was honored as the Officer Jim Capoot Community Partner of the Year.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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