Community to come together to raise awareness and funds to combat fentanyl poisoning crisis

ATASCADERO — The Emilio Velci Share Aloha Project is proud to present its third annual “An Evening of Aloha,” which will be held on Saturday, May 6, at the Atascadero Lake Park Pavilion. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner being served at 6:15 p.m.

The evening will be filled with various activities, including a silent auction, hula entertainment, speakers from the San Luis Obispo District Attorney’s Office and the DEA, and the first-ever Marketplace, featuring local vendors such as Farron Elizabeth, Bloke, Blueberry Jewelry, Red Road Leatherworks, Stellar by Sabreena, and Body Bean. Hawaiian Products from Pio’s Island Delights will also be available for purchase.

The highlight of the night will be a fashion show by Farron Elizabeth, followed by dancing to the tunes of DJ Joy Bonner. All proceeds from the event will go back into the community in the form of scholarships for high school seniors, continuing support for the basketball program at the Atascadero Recreation Center, and awareness and education campaigns on the fentanyl crisis.


The Emilio Velci Share Aloha Project was established in memory of Emilio Velci, who tragically died due to fentanyl poisoning. Fentanyl poisoning is the number one cause of death of 18- to 40-year-olds, with the fastest-growing age group being 11-14. Through events such as An Evening of Aloha, the foundation aims to raise awareness and education on the dangers of fentanyl and prevent further loss of lives.

Join them on May 6, for a night of fun, entertainment, and making a difference in the fight against fentanyl poisoning. Tickets can be purchased through the foundation’s website at

Feature Image: The Velci family poses at the Colony Park Community Center underneath the referee’s jersey worn by Emilio Velci at the 2022 event. Contributed Photo