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BOOM: Soccer Silicon Valley Community Foundation annual dinner features keynote speaker Joe Cannon

Soccer Silicon Valley, so instrumental in the local effort to save the team from relocation a decade ago, celebrates its contributions to the San Jose Earthquakes with its annual fundraising dinner.

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San Jose Earthquakes legend Joe Cannon has done a lot for the club throughout the years, and this Saturday he lends his talents to the Soccer Silicon Valley Community Foundation annual dinner this Saturday night as its keynote speaker.

A fan-favorite in MLS for three different clubs, the Colorado Rapids and Vancouver Whitecaps the others, Cannon has always seen his native Bay Area as home. So it came as no surprise that SSVCF, the current incarnation of the organization that lobbied so heavily for MLS to keep the Quakes in San Jose prior to the franchise's move to Houston, would tap Cannon shoulder and invite him to headline its biggest annual fundraising event.

Now in its seventh year, the SSVCF Annual Dinner brings together passionate fans and patrons of the club, as well as current (and past) coaches and players, for a gala evening of drinks, food, and memorabilia auctions -- with proceeds earmarked for the organization's activities throughout the rest of the year.

Attendees will have a chance to welcome Earthquakes head coach Dominic Kinnear back to San Jose. Kinnear lead the 2005 Quakes to the MLS Supporters' Shield, the season before the franchise relocated to Texas. He was also an important part of coach Frank Yallop's staff in MLS Cup championship years 2001 and 2003.

The popular event, which will be held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, starts at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, January. If you don't already have tickets, check out the SSVCF website and make a reservation. The annual dinner is the perfect way to kick off the 2015 San Jose Earthquakes season.

Joe Cannon

The poster for the 2015 SSVCF Annual Dinner

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