Legendary Rock Band Donates Worldwide Hit Song to Shriners Hospitals for Children

MPG Staff  |  2019-03-06

Foreigner band members Kelly Hansen (Foreigner lead singer, left) and Mick Jones (Founding band member and song writer, right) pose with Alec Cabacungan, Shriners Hospitals for Children Patient Ambassador. Photo courtesy Shriners Hospital.

FOREIGNER, the classic British-American rock band is donating its hit song I Want to Know What Love Is to Shriners Hospitals for Children. FOREIGNER recently recorded a special version of the song with Kelly Hansen as lead vocalist and created a new music video featuring Shriners Hospitals for Children patients.

The new release of I Want to Know What Love Is now is available for download on Google Play and iTunes.  FOREIGNER is donating all sales proceeds to Shriners Hospitals for Children.

The Mick Jones composition I Want to Know What Love Is hit the top of the charts all over the world when it was released in 1984, and is FOREIGNER’s biggest hit to date. It remains one of the band's best-known songs and is listed as one of Rolling Stone Magazine's greatest songs of all time.

“There is a spiritual undertone to I Want to Know What Love Is, and when you apply the lyrics to a cause like Shriners Hospitals for Children, it brings a whole new meaning to the song,” said FOREIGNER lead guitarist and songwriter Mick Jones.

“It’s hard to put a dollar amount on the value of this gift, but this is truly a monumental donation in our mind,” said John McCabe, executive vice president of Shriners Hospitals for Children. “Participating in the music video will be an invaluable experience for our patients. The fact that sales proceeds from the download of this song will go to Shriners Hospitals for Children is a wonderful bonus.”

“FOREIGNER has been involved with Shriners Hospitals for 10 years, and we’ve been looking for a way to make a more meaningful impact,” said lead singer Kelly Hansen. “The lyrics of this song really speak to the qualities we’ve observed in the children here at Shriners Hospitals. The kids show this amazing resilience and happiness that really makes one think how powerful love is.”

You may donate or download FOREIGNER music online.

Since 1922, Shriners Hospitals for Children has provided pediatric specialty care to children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate. Shriners Hospitals has treated more than 1.3 million children from more than 180 countries over the last 95 years.

Shriners Hospitals for Children has locations throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, and is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. All care is provided regardless of the families’ ability to pay.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.

FOREIGNER is responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including Juke Box Hero, Cold as Ice, Hot Blooded, Waiting For A Girl Like You, Feels Like The First Time, Urgent, and the worldwide No. 1 hit, I Want to Know What Love Is. More than 40 years into the game, FOREIGNER continues to rock the charts with massive airplay and continued Billboard Top 200 album success. FOREIGNER also features strongly in every category in Billboard’s Greatest of All Time listing. The band is consistently in the Top 20 on classic rock radio. As a result of the depth of the catalogue, the band gets more airplay at the format than Eric Clapton, The Who, Fleetwood Mac, Bon Jovi, U2, Bad Company and many of their peers. 

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SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - On Jan. 15, the Board of Supervisors approved a collaborative partnership between Sacramento County and UC Davis Health to deliver primary care, behavioral health, and some specialty services to 5,000 Medi-Cal enrollees at the County-run Federally Qualified Health Center at Broadway and Stockton Boulevard.

“Sacramento County is thrilled for this relationship with UC Davis Health,” said Supervisor Patrick Kennedy. “Together we are committed to ensuring greater access to high-quality health care in our region. UC Davis Health already provides health care services at the Sacramento County Health Center and the expansion will allow for more access to primary care and high-quality health care to Medi-Cal patients.”

Starting Feb. 1, the partnership will bring together a hospital system and Sacramento County health care providers to give coordinated, high-quality care to patients. The unique structure of the agreement is based on that of an Accountable Care Organization, where UC Davis Health provides all care for primary care and behavioral health services for enrollees at the Paul F. Hom Primary Care Facility in the Sacramento County Health Center as well as at UC Davis facilities.

“Patients will be phased in over a period of six months to the​ Paul F. Hom Primary Care Facility in the Sacramento County Health Center,” said Peter Beilenson, Director of the Department of Health Services. “These enrollees will be provided with comprehensive primary care and behavioral health services, but will also have opportunities to connect with on-site social service organizations that provide housing assistance, job placement, legal se​rvices, Medi-Cal system navigation and eligibility, and care coordination.”

This collaborative initiative has great potential for all involved:

  • For patients and community members - primary and preventive care to Medi-Cal recipients who currently have limited access to care in the County will be increased and more coordinated
  • For the Sacramento County Health Center and Sacramento County - the Health Center will be fully utilized and serve the ultimate vision of a person-centered medical and social service home for an underserved community with increased reimbursement for services provided. 

Source: Sacramento County Media

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Sacramento Life Center Baby Basket Drive Raises $10K To Help New Moms

By Kristin Thébaud  |  2019-03-06

Ana Alvarado receives a baby basket from Sacramento Life Center, thanks to the group’s Baby Basket Drive held each December. Photo courtesy Thébaud Communications

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Life Center’s fifth annual Baby Basket Drive for new moms raised more than $10,000 from the community in December, which will buy more than 200 baskets for Sacramento Life Center patients throughout 2019. The drive is held each December to kickstart the 500 baby baskets needed so that every Sacramento Life Center patient who gives birth in the coming year can receive a basket of needed items, including formula, diapers, newborn clothes, pacifiers and more.

Donations will be accepted throughout 2019 and can be made online at www.saclife.org by writing Baby Basket Drive in the message box on the donation page. Gifts can be made in any increment, but a donation of $50 buys one basket.

“One of the most overwhelming feelings is learning that you’re pregnant and fearing you won’t have the resources to care for your vulnerable baby,” said Marie Leatherby, executive director, Sacramento Life Center. “Sometimes something as simple as a gift of diapers and newborn clothes can give expecting mothers the confidence that they have a support system to help raise their child. These baskets give expecting mothers proof that they will always have a family here at the Sacramento Life Center and supporters out in the community rooting for their family.”

The Sacramento Life Center’s mission is to offer compassion, support, resources and free medical care to women and couples facing an unplanned or unsupported pregnancy. The Sacramento Life Center’s licensed Sac Valley Pregnancy Clinic includes a primary clinic and two Mobile Medical Clinics that provide all services for free, including pregnancy tests, STD tests, ultrasounds, peer counseling for men and women, education and resource referrals. The nonprofit also offers a school-based teen education program, a 24-hour hotline and a program for women experiencing reproductive grief. For more information about the Sacramento Life Center’s Sac Valley Pregnancy Clinic, visit www.svpclinic.com. For more information about the Sacramento Life Center or to make a donation, visit www.saclife.org


Source: Thébaud Communications

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Creating a City, Building Community

Story by Shaunna Boyd  |  2019-03-05

Curt Haven was one of the individuals who spearheaded the incorporation of Rancho Cordova, and as he prepared for retirement from the public sector he looked back on nearly 25 years of serving this community. Photo provided by the City of Rancho Cordova.

Reflecting on the Distinguished Career of Curt Haven

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - “How many times do you get to create a city in your life?” Curt Haven was one of the individuals who spearheaded the incorporation of Rancho Cordova, and as he prepared for retirement from the public sector he looked back on nearly 25 years of serving this community. “Rancho Cordova means a lot to me,” he said.

Haven was hired as the executive director of the Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce in 1995 and started working on the incorporation effort in 1997, assisting Bob McGarvey (current mayor of Rancho Cordova) on the incorporation committee. Haven chaired the incorporation campaign committee from 2001 – 2002. “We were a committee of citizens,” he said. “It was a very grassroots effort…The community really got behind it, and the majority voted for cityhood.”

After the vote for incorporation passed in November 2002, Haven said, “I thought I was done.” But the city’s first mayor, Dave Roberts, and the members of the first City Council—Linda Budge, Bob McGarvey, David Sander, and Ken Cooley (now an Assemblymember representing California’s 8th district)—asked him to stay. The newly elected Council wouldn’t have any real power until cityhood officially went into effect in July 2003, and Haven acted as chair of the Council until that time.

Haven spoke wistfully of the early days of cityhood. The City had a small office—“We were just a desk, basically”—tucked away in a corner of the office of the Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce. He joked that his wife’s credit card financed the start of the city, as he charged the cost of paper and pens and other necessities to keep their small office operating.

The first Council meetings had a certain electric excitement, and Haven remembers many meetings that went from 5:30 PM until 1:00 AM, discussing options for land use and planning new communities such as Anatolia and Kavala Ranch: “I’ll never forget that. It was really exciting.”

They spent a lot of time interviewing City managers and attorneys, creating the team of people who would shape the City. Haven said, “We just grew the department, and grew the City from there…That was 16 years ago, and it’s been a fabulous ride since then.”

Haven was the first official employee hired by the City of Rancho Cordova. He took on a leadership role as the director of economic development—overseeing redevelopment, housing, and neighborhood services. Haven explained that because they were creating a brand new City government, they could be creative: “When you’re new, you can be different…Financially the City is so strong because we do it differently and more efficiently.” 

Haven is proud of the city’s strong economy: “Rancho Cordova is the second-largest job center in the region. We’ve been able to maintain and grow that. We’ve brought in hundreds of businesses and thousands of jobs. We’re really known as an economic powerhouse in the region.”

By cleaning up blight, eliminating hundreds of substandard housing units, and removing corrupt landlords, Haven was able to improve the standard of living for many people. “We strengthened the existing community in many ways,” he said, and those efforts brought thousands of new families to the city.

Haven said he feels comfortable retiring from public service now “because I’ve accomplished what I set out to do…I stood in front of this community as a resident, as a citizen…and I said ‘Cityhood will improve Rancho Cordova. Local control is the answer.’ And because I pushed for it, I wanted to ensure that promise was kept…And we’ve done it. So I can go do something else now.”

For more than 40 years, Haven has lived in Rancho Cordova, building the community and raising his family. And quality time with his family is at the top of Haven’s to-do list after retirement. He wants to spend more time with his wife Marjorie and their three grown children and four grandchildren. He also wants to spend more time with his parents. “I want to be there for all of them. But we’ve always been active in the Rancho Cordova community, and we always will be. It’s our home.”

Haven views his retirement as “a new beginning.” He said, “I’d like to do some consulting and work with non-profits and government agencies that strengthen communities. I want to give to the community and give to the region. It’s a big world out there. There is lots to do.”

On January 22, Mayor McGarvey presented Haven with a proclamation honoring his loyalty and commitment to Rancho Cordova. It was a bittersweet goodbye, with many in attendance moved to tears—including Haven himself, who said, “This is where my heart is.”

Councilmember Linda Budge said, “None of us have adequate words…We wouldn’t be where we are without you.” Vice Mayor David Sander echoed that sentiment: “This City would not exist without Curt Haven …And the tens of thousands of people who live in this City and have a better quality of life because of it have you to thank.”

At the annual Business Outlook and Economic Forecast on January 31, the Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce honored Haven for his dedicated service to the community. Haven officially retired on February 1, concluding a distinguished public service career and embarking on the next chapter of his life.

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Fresh Start's Role is to Support and Encourage

Story and photos by Trina L. Drotar  |  2019-03-05

Charlotte Stott and Melinda Avey display a starter kit offered by the Assistance League program.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) – In 2018, Assistance League Sacramento, an all-volunteer organization of over 285 members, celebrated 50 years of service to the local community through a variety of philanthropic programs that are funded in large part by its resale thrift shop, Fabulous Finds on Fulton. Programs, which are completely local, date back to 1967 when Eyes Right was established. At least one new program has been launched in each decade since. The organization’s newest programs, Fresh Start and Reaching Out, were established in 2017.

Charlotte Stott chairs the Fresh Start committee of 50 volunteers. After reviewing several studies on community needs, which included support for victims of sex trafficking and foster youth aging out of residential care, the group chose to partner with Community Against Sexual Harm (CASH) and its RESET diversion program. The program supports training and offers peer mentoring through its eight week, no fee program.

Stott explained that Fresh Start’s role is to support and encourage the women participating in the program. At four weeks, the midway point, women receive a “way to go gift” of lip balm, hand sanitizer, and a note. Upon graduation, women receive a bag with earrings, lipstick, and acknowledgement of their effort. The gifts, Stott said, tell the women that they matter.

 Fresh Start also assists by providing hygiene products and a change of clothing including sweat pants, bra, and a top. Three apartment starter kits are provided each quarter, and this month, the volunteers began providing bags with various items including tissues.

 “We provide small birthday gifts and cards hand signed by committee volunteers,” said Stott.

To assist foster youth aging out of the system, Fresh Start provides apartment starter kits to EA Family Services and Aspiranet. According to the latter’s website, 5000 youth age out annually in California and the agency supports 1900 by collaborating with community organizations like Assistance League Sacramento. Fresh Start plans to begin providing newborn essentials to young mothers who are in foster care.

Relationships were built and established and Stott estimates that approximately 6000 people have been touched in one way or another through the efforts of Fresh Start.

Reaching Out, a smaller committee of volunteers chaired by Melinda Avey, also provides apartment starter kits, along with a host of other assistance through its collaboration with Sacramento Steps Forward, an organization committed to ending homelessness in the region through partnerships with agencies such as Assistance League.

  “We buy work boots,” said Avey. “We pay deposit and application fees. We identify small needs.”

Sacramento Steps Forward, through partnerships with other organizations, may be able to secure housing for a currently homeless individual or family, but there are additional needs that they cannot provide. These, Avey explained, are the items that Reaching Out can assist with on short notice, such as the need for an application fee for a currently available apartment. When a request comes in, the committee votes to grant the request and Avey said, “makes it happen.”

 “That is the benefit of being a non-profit, we can act immediately.”

Like Fresh Start, Reaching Out also provides apartment starter kits. Kits, Avey said contain sheets, towels, pots and pans, shower curtain and rings, and other items that most folks might take for granted.

“We give a welcome mat,” she said, and the committee provides a clock. People living on the street lose track of time, she said.

Feedback, said Avey, always includes mention of the welcome mat. Items are not random choices. The committee is guided by suggestions regarding sheet size and table settings that are requested to be for one or two, not four.

The committee has also paid for a ticket to reunite a homeless individual and her father.

“It makes our day.”

For additional information, visit Assistance League Center’s Fabulous Find s on Fulton shop at 2751 Fulton Avenue or https://www.assistanceleague.org/Sacramento.

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Button Show Coming March 9

By Susan Maxwell Skinner  |  2019-02-22

Faye Wolfe (left) and Susan Rhoades display some of thousands of antique and retro buttons that will be exhibited at the California Button Society’s March 9 show. Photo by Susan Skinner

CARMICHAEL, CA  (MPG)  -  Some eye-popping antiques slip easily through a buttonhole. At the California Button Society’s March 9 expo, you might snag a Civil War tunic fastener for $50. If you lust for hand-painted 18th century pieces, be prepared to unbutton your billfold.  

What astonishes at such bazaars is the availability of seriously old stuff. Snipped from long-ago rotted garments, many are thumb-nail masterpieces. “We often look at old buttons and imagine the stories they could tell,” says Button Club treasurer Susan Rhoades. “They were traded, stolen and inherited. Lives were lost in making them; pearl dust and mercury (for gold plating) killed many. “You learn so much about history, art and manufacturing from buttons.”

In the Middle Ages, no material was too grand for the button makers’ art. Georgian aristocrats later bespoke Gainsborough-style portraits – sometimes of their pets – to fasten vests. When Queen Victoria took to wearing jet specimens, society followed. Though zippers have revolutionized modern fastening, nifty little buttons have never been completely undone. “People visit our shows show seeking that one perfect item,” says Sacramento collector Faye Wolfe. “One lady brought a vest she’d sewn; she wanted buttons for it. In the end, she chose four, each different. Who says they have to match? Our button world is full of eccentricity.”

The Button Bazaar runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, at the La Sierra Center, 5325 Engle Rd, Carmichael. The show offers a free service for valuing buttons. Admission is by $2 donation. For information, contact fwolfe@surewest.net

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Helping Others in a Pinch

Story and photos by Paul Scholl  |  2019-02-22

Team members of the Cordova High School Interact club helped serve up the tasty crab, shrimp, salad and al, the fixin’s for the fundraising dinner. Their service was superb. Staff photo.

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) – There’s spending time with your friends, and then there’s spending it while eating crab!

Rancho Cordova Rotarians gathered with many of their friends and neighbors at the 25th Annual Crab Feed, held February 16 at St. John Vianney Hall in Rancho Cordova. 

The event was filled as much with laughter, hugs and kisses, and good times as it was with a delicious dinner. There was plenty of fresh crab and shrimp to go around, and around, and around (at least at our table). Everyone really got their money’s worth with the full meal and the great service.

Rotarians offer great service all through the year by supporting local groups and organizations to better the lives of those living in the city. Some of those efforts go to the Cordova Community Food Locker and the Police Activities League, among many others.

Special thanks go to Golden State Water Company, Central Valley Community Bank, Sutter Health, California-American Water Company, Golden Pond, Cordova Community Council and the City of Rancho Cordova for their sponsorships of the event. Markstein Beverage Company also sponsored the beer booth.

Through contributions and donations, the Rancho Cordova Rotary Charitable Foundation gives a helping hand and a hopeful future to the youth, families, and seniors of Rancho Cordova.

To make a donation, please mail your tax-deductible donation to Rancho Cordova Charitable Foundation, P.O. Box 215, Rancho Cordova, CA 95741. You can contact them via email at rcrccf@gmail.com or visit their website at www.rotaryclubofranchocordova.org.

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