Volunteers are the lifeblood of most any community, especially smaller towns, where the efforts of many hands can make a profound difference. To recognize volunteer efforts in Templeton, the Recreation Department will hold its third annual “Livin’ the Dream” Dinner & Auction on Saturday, October 12, at Templeton Legion Hall.

“This is a worthwhile event that has been created to recognize and show appreciation for the valuable contributions of our volunteer coaches, sponsors, and team members in our community, as well as to act as a fundraiser for the programs provided by the Recreation Department,” said Melissa Johnson, recreation supervisor.

The award categories include Sponsor of the Year, the John Frangie Super Fan Award, Coach of the Year for Soccer, Basketball, Softball & T-Ball, and Volunteer of the Year. The volunteer awards are given to community members who have generously donated time, energy, and effort toward the success of Templeton Recreation programs. For a fun twist, the Coach of the Year awards will be chosen by community members who use their dollars to vote for the coaches.

“Not only is the ‘Livin’ the Dream’ event intended to give credit where it is due, it is a FUNdraising effort to help eliminate a $22,000 funding shortage in the 2019-20 fiscal year,” said Melissa.


“The Templeton Recreation Department is dependent on a very small amount of property taxes.

In fact, of the nearly $13 million in property taxes paid by Templeton residents, only 8.4 percent comes back to the Templeton Community Services District to fund important services and just two cents from each dollar are allocated to the recreation department.”

Last year, “Livin’ the Dream” raised $38,000 in revenue.

“These needed funds have been used to further our mission of providing quality recreational services, events, facilities, and parks that enhance the quality of life and well-being of the Templeton community,” Melissa said. “Without the generosity of people who live and work here, none of this would be possible.”

In addition to single-admission purchases, VIP packages and reserved tables are also available. To donate or buy tickets for the “Livin’ the Dream” Dinner & Auction, contact Templeton Recreation at 805-434-4909 or email mjohnson@templetoncsd.org.