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Smith: Matthew, some 49ers and a lost boy

That was some party 15-year-old Matthew Ostheimer attended — and addressed — in San Francisco.

Matthew, a sophomore at Santa Rosa's Cardinal Newman High, was there with Huey Lewis and ex-49er greats Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott and Dwight Clark.

The guest of honor at the party, hosted by Tiffanie DeBartolo, was Valentino Deng. He's the ex-"Lost Boy of Sudan" who works to build schools and other community projects in his homeland.

The dinner raised money for the nonprofit Deng founded with Dave Eggers, author of "What is the What," a novel inspired by Deng's story. Eggers was there, too.

Matthew was invited because he has raised nearly $6,000 for the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation.

Deng asked: Would Matthew like for Deng and Eggers to visit Santa Rosa, and would he care to travel to South Sudan, perhaps when he's a senior?

Yes and Yes!

READ 'LUANN'? The comic strip's current, prom-night story line resembles that of 12 Maria Carrillo High students.

First, the prom venue closed without refunding the teens' money. Next, Kyle Scally, Lizzie Velazquez and 10 friends were nearing the successor venue in Marin when their limo broke down.


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