Dick Van Dyke cancels Hanford appearance

2012-10-05T12:55:00Z 2012-10-08T09:56:56Z Dick Van Dyke cancels Hanford appearance Hanford Sentinel
October 05, 2012 12:55 pm

HANFORD — Just a week before his scheduled appearance at a fundraiser for the Children’s Storybook Garden and Museum, event organizers received word that actor Dick Van Dyke will not be able to attend.

Board member Judy Wait said she learned Thursday that Van Dyke was canceling because of an increased workload from his announced Lifetime Achievement award. Despite the star’s absence, Wait said the Oct. 12 benefit dinner will continue as planned.

The event, to be held at 6 p.m. in the Hanford Civic Auditorium, will include dinner, wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and silent and live auctions. Tickets are $100 or $800 for a table of eight.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call Wait at 341-4845. Tickets are also available at the Carnegie Museum in Hanford.

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  1. Alihandero
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    Alihandero - October 17, 2012 8:06 pm
    Just to complete this story, could someone who attended or organized this event publish here the attendance figure for the event?

    That would tend to complete things for some or all of us here, in all likelihood.

    Thanks in advance for sharing your info with the rest of us!
  2. Shooter
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    Shooter - October 16, 2012 8:00 am
    Great job West Hills Culinary and Jamison (LHS). Jumped in and got in done with no complaints !!
  3. Mr X
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    Mr X - October 15, 2012 12:36 pm
    They were offered refunds, and it's my understanding that only one person came forward and asked for one.
  4. Alihandero
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    Alihandero - October 12, 2012 4:28 pm
    mmzdarstek, I wonder where YOU were some years ago when one overly zealous and completely disrespectful (to the community) high-ranking school district official stealthily torpedoed and 86ed the great Hanford children's attraction and learning center called FORT ROOSEVELT!

    This was no mere garden party sandlot & was beloved by many, even unto now.

    If Mrs. Van Dyke said he wasn't committed, he was never booked in the first place.

    Hanfordians are tired of being lied to and mislead, are we not?
  5. luv5x
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    luv5x - October 12, 2012 11:52 am
    It does make you pause before wanting to support this endeavor. If tickets were being sold stating that Mr. Van-Dyke was going to be the headliner when it fact he never agreed to appear would make it appear to be fraud on the part of the organizers. How then can we as donors be sure that the money raised would be used as it is intended? Why was this not discovered sooner than a week before the benefit? Were those who bought tickets, expecting to see Van-Dyke offered a refund?
  6. Alihandero
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    Alihandero - October 12, 2012 9:14 am
    Bobb 100% right!

    At first look at the enthusiastic website I didn't see Dick Van Dyke's name at all. This was before last week. Then, I thought it was already built, but it's only an empty lot still? I thought this event would be well-organized like when Bob Hope came to support the hospital years ago.

    Now it says

    “The Show Will Go On!” It is unfortunate that Mr. Van Dyke has cancelled his appearance with us; he sends his best wishes for our Garden and Museum Success."

    Was he EVER booked?
  7. mmzdarstek
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    mmzdarstek - October 10, 2012 2:13 pm
    It is unfortunate about the mix-up or misunderstanding, however that is not what is at stake. In fact, the real story is much deeper and more important. It has to do with supporting a project that will benefit the children of our community for generations to come. I strongly encourage those who are not familiar with the project to do your due diligence: research the project & contribute to this worthy cause.
  8. mmzdarstek
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    mmzdarstek - October 10, 2012 1:58 pm
    What is really important is what the Children’s Storybook
    Garden and Museum committee is planning on adding to our community, for our children! This event is to support just that, if you are not familiar with the project I strongly encourage you go to their website and see how you can help make our community better!

    Melissa
  9. TruPatriot
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    TruPatriot - October 06, 2012 7:58 am
    OK, Sentinel, there's a story here. Will we read about it in the paper or online?
    And thank you Ms. Van Dyke for the rest of the story.
  10. Bobb
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    Bobb - October 05, 2012 7:27 pm
    Sounds like someone was a little over optimistic in organizing this event. Could it have been to increase pre-sale of tickets. I would hope not.
  11. ArleneVanDyke
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    ArleneVanDyke - October 05, 2012 5:10 pm
    Dear Hanford Sentinel,

    The correct story is that Mr. Van Dyke never agreed to appear at this event and someone in your community was overzealous in reporting that he would be there. Mr. Van Dyke is a man of his word and he would never agree to do something and back out at the last minute.

    Arlene Van Dyke
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