Ainsley’s Angels Inspires Hope
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Ainsley’s Angels is a national nonprofit organization aimed at servicing the special needs community through their race series, consisting of athlete riders and runners who participate in races across 30 states and over 60 cities.
The inspiration for all this is Ainsley, the daughter of Marine Corps Major Kim and Lori Rossiter. Before turning four, Ainsley was diagnosed with Infantile Neuroaxonal Dystrophy (INAD), an extremely rare terminal illness that slowly causes global paralysis. Most children diagnosed with INAD pass on before reaching ten years of age, as there is no cure or treatment to help slow down this very progressive and terminal disease. Ainsley passed away in 2016 at the age of 13, but not before she completed over 100 races, including nearly 20 half-marathons.
Sacramento’s chapter of Ainsley’s Angels is in its third year, founded and directed by Russ Howell – the organization uses the title “ambassador” rather than chapter president. Howell identifies as a lifelong endurance athlete. He undertook his first 100 mile bike ride at 12, ran track in high school, and stayed in shape in his adult life through a stint in the Army where he was a member of a COLT team deployed to Kosovo. In 2010, Howell and his wife had a son born with serious medical complications and he stopped participating in endurance activities. When his son passed away shortly before his second birthday, Howell got back into running as form of escape and therapy. Running helped him keep centered and deal with grief.
A year later, Howell’s second child was born. As a baby shower gift, his family pitched in and got him a very nice running stroller. From then on, Howell, now an accountant, put in twenty to thirty miles a week with his son. Time passed, and eventually his son grew too big to fit in strollers, but Howell was eager to keep up with his running. One day, Howell came across an article on Ainsley's Angels in Running World, and sent an email to the president of the organization. Sacramento has a vibrant running vibe, with many races in the area, he told her. It would be a great area for the organization to expand and a perfect way for him to take his running to the next level and give something back.
Howell started the new Sacramento chapter from ground zero and began fundraising, recruiting members, reaching out to race directors, and getting the Ainsley’s Angels name out to local hospitals and care centers. Thanks to Howell’s connections within the racing community and the people he met while caring for his first son’s health complications, the group was immediately accepted and progress quickly snowballed. Today there are close to 200 members, ranging from as young as five years old to two adult riders who are in their thirties. The group has also raised enough money to purchase eleven racing chairs for its riders to keep and use with their families.
“Ainsley’s Angels taught me that you don't need to run, or even walk, to be an athlete,” says adult rider Emily Crosgrove. “What's more important is having the will to get out there.”
The organization provides a 100% free service to the disabled community, which is no easy feat – racing chairs can coast nearly $5,000. There are three levels of chairs which vary depending on the age, size, and disability of the rider. Every chair has three wheels and a fixed front wheel, which provides stability and keeps the chairs from going off course.
“The smiles, the celebration, the joy, that’s what it’s all about,” says Howell. “To see that level of excitement for people that would never be able to experience a race, showing up to the something like the California International marathon (one of Ainsley’s partners) surrounded by 10,000 amazing athletes. It takes them out of their world.”
Sacramento’s Angels are set to run their first ultra-marathon in November, the 200-mile Napa RAGNAR relay that runs from SF up the coast and back down to finish in Napa. Six athletes and two riders will participate.
“There's no better feeling than the wind in my hair as I glide through a sea of fast moving bodies, encouraging stagers to never give up,” Crosgrove added. “If myself and my team could be out there on the road, then anything is possible.”
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The General John A. Sutter Chapter, Sacramento, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), is pleased to honor 58-year chapter member Genevieve Glock Sinclair as she celebrates her 100th birthday this October.
Genevieve joined DAR in 1961 in her home chapter in Columbus, Platte County, Nebraska. Encouraged by her father to join DAR, Genevieve traced and documented her lineage to American Revolutionary Patriot Peter Bobb who served under Captain Andrew Stewart and Colonel Robert Elder in the Lancaster County, Pennsylvania 10th Battalion Militia. Genevieve’s sister, Naomi Ficke, was also a member of DAR.
Born in the small farming community of Rising City, Nebraska, Genevieve grew up with two siblings: one brother and one sister. Upon graduation from high school, she graduated from Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska, earning a degree in both commerce and English. After teaching for a time in Bristow, Nebraska, Genevieve decided to move to a larger city, Torrington, Wyoming, where she worked as a teacher, and eventually held the position of secretary to the school district superintendent.
Genevieve met her husband, Kenneth Sinclair, in Nebraska where he was working for her uncle. Kenneth had grown up in an orphanage and was eventually invited by her uncle to work on his farm for a summer church project. Upon graduation from high school, Kenneth returned to work on her uncle’s farm for a short time prior to enlisting in the United States Army during World War II. It was at this point that Genevieve and Kenneth made the decision to write to each other, which blossomed into a classic tale of World War II romance. Prior to his being shipped overseas to serve, Genevieve and Kenneth were married in South Carolina on 4-4-44, a date she noted was one that was always easy for her husband to remember.
After the war, the couple resided in Nebraska until their move to Rancho Cordova in 1966. Genevieve transferred her DAR membership to the General John A. Sutter Chapter in 1968 where she held the position of Chapter Recording Secretary prior to serving a two-year term as Chapter Regent from 1973 to 1975.
During their 54 years of marriage, the couple raised four children at their Rancho Cordova home: David, Philip, Kay and Kent. Genevieve has also been blessed with five grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren. Kenneth passed away in April of 2000. Of all her lifelong accomplishments, Genevieve is most proud of her family.
When asked what advice she would give to young people in this day and age, Genevieve stated that she would remind them to listen to their parents, and to seek God and have communication with Him.
On the subject of her 100th birthday, she attributes her longevity to good genes and heritage, noting that she had an Aunt that lived to the age of 104, and a Grandmother who lived to age 103.
“Faith in God is paramount. Faith combined with positive attitude is also a major component for a long and productive life,” Genevieve stated when asked what advice she would give for healthy living. “Genes and clean living do play a part but you also have to have a sense of humor, good attitude, and always look for the best in people,” she added. Genevieve continued by quoting one of her mother’s favorite sayings. “There is a little bit of good in the worst of us, and a little bit of bad in the best of us,” a very wise mantra for all to consider.
Genevieve Sinclair is truly an inspiration and a special gift to all who have had the pleasure of knowing her.
Source: National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - A baker’s dozen is thirteen as the cake enthusiasts who attended Cake4Kids’ orientation at Arcade library on Saturday, August 18 know. This second orientation in the Sacramento region for the Sunnyvale-based nonprofit drew bakers of all backgrounds and ages hailing from Carmichael, Arden Arcade, Rancho Cordova, Elk Grove, Rancho Murieta and beyond to learn more about Cake4Kids.
Mary Barnes, Cake4Kids’ Sacramento ambassador, led the hour long program. Barnes is a Sacramento native who first discovered the group when she lived in San Francisco. When she returned to Sacramento to pursue her legal career she wanted to bring the program with her and spoke about why she chose the eastern part of Sacramento.
“We thought about logistics,” she said, “An area where there were a good number of residential areas to pull volunteers from.”
This area, she explained, is close to freeways, homes, several nonprofits serving the demographic that Cake4Kids supports – homeless, recent immigrants, those in foster care, and victims of human trafficking – and it doesn’t cost money for parking so that left downtown and midtown out of the running.
“It is supported by Carmichael, east Sacramento, Sac State students, and ARC students. We thought it was a good location to start because of all of those factors.”
In addition to being the nonprofit’s Sacramento ambassador and tackling the job of finding volunteers, contacting agencies, and filling requests, Barnes, like other volunteers, works full time. She is also a volunteer baker and delivered the first cake in Sacramento to Opening Doors, an organization that serves individuals and families escaping human trafficking and refugees new to the area. She baked a vegan banana cake for a boy and decorated the cake with a racecar theme, complete with toy cars atop a protective layer of marzipan, and topped with vegan chocolate frosting.
“We have several requests for vegan cakes from this organization. We’re challenging our bakers right away,” said Barnes, adding that all requests had been claimed and filled since the first orientation in July with twenty attendees.
In 2010, Cake4Kids was born. Only thirteen cakes were baked and delivered that year. Fast forward eight years when more than 10,000 cakes have been baked and delivered by volunteers as far south as San Diego. The nonprofit also serves Fresno, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, and five other California counties. Each cake is prepared from scratch especially for the child, decorated, packaged in a cake box, and delivered to the requesting agency. Although volunteers never meet the children, they often receive thanks from the children or, in some cases, from the parents or caregivers.
Before volunteer bakers can claim cakes, they must attend a mandatory orientation where they’ll learn about the organization, the demographic served, logistics, and resources. One of the volunteer benefits is that each baker may take cake decorating classes and be reimbursed for up to $100.00 each year. The ability to be a fabulous decorator is not a requirement, although some cakes are quite lavish. Each cake, she added, must have the child’s name.
During the orientation, Barnes said that 60,000 children are in foster care and only 5% between 15 and 18 years of age are adopted in California. Nearly 30 percent of children are homeless in the United States, and Barnes referenced the thousands of U.S. based human trafficking cases annually. These are some of the at-risk children Cake4Kids serves.
Julie Eades, the organization’s executive director, attended the inaugural orientation in July and said in a telephone interview that, “When you’re on or near the poverty line, a cake might not be the thing you choose to spend your money on. We talk about the fact that these children get moved from home to home and sometimes they don’t get any birthday celebrations. Not because nobody cares. It’s just one thing extra that people caring for them have to think about.”
Cake4Kids serves children and young adults up to the age of 24 and Eades said that some children as old as twenty have never had a cake before the one baked and delivered by a volunteer. She also said that the older children are extremely appreciative of the cake made just for them. Everyone should feel special one day a year.
Men, women, and children 16 years and older interested in baking cakes and bringing joy to a child should sign up to be a volunteer on the organization’s website. Sacramento orientations will be held through December at Arcade and Arden-Dimick libraries. The goal is to have 100 volunteers on board. On October 20 and December 22, orientations will be held at Arcade library on Marconi from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. On November 10, Arden-Dimick will host from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. The September orientation date and location has not been set. For additional information, visit www.cake4kids.org.
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Gov. Jerry Brown was recently ordered by the state’s 3rd Appellate District Court to repay more than $331 million in funds the state illegally diverted from a national fund intended to help homeowners struggling with foreclosures from the housing crisis. Instead of complying with the court order, Democrats are pushing through a bill to legitimize the theft of funds.
The Assembly already passed Assembly Bill 1829, which makes the statutory changes related to the National Mortgage justifying this theft. AB 1829 was passed on a party line in the Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review, 12 – 5, with all Republicans on the committee voting no.
Bill Analysis reports:
In 2012, the federal government and 49 states sued, and eventually settled with, the five largest mortgage servicers in the country related to their actions leading up to and during the 2008 financial crisis. The resulting National Mortgage Settlement (NMS) resulted in comprehensive new mortgage servicing standards, provided more than $20 billion in financial relief for homeowners damaged by the mortgage crisis, and provided about $2.5 billion directly to states for a variety of uses, including “to compensate the states for costs resulting from the alleged unlawful conduct of the [bank defendants].” California’s share of this $2.5 billion was roughly $410 million. Under the terms of the settlement, each state’s Attorney General would designate the uses of the funds. The California Attorney General’s Office designated allowable uses of the received funds.
“California received approximately $410 million of the $2.5 billion paid to the states by the big five mortgage servicers – Ally (formerly GMAC), Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo – under a National Mortgage Settlement (NMS) with the federal government, the ruling states,” Legal NewsLine reported.
Under then-California Attorney General Kamala Harris, the National Mortgage Special Deposit Fund was established in 2012 to directly help homeowners who suffered and were impacted by the housing crisis.
However, the money was “unlawfully diverted” to the general fund, affirming a lower court’s ruling in a case taken against the state by the National Asian American Coalition, COR Community Development Corp. and the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. Upon receiving the funds Governor Brown’s administration raided $331 million dollars from it and spent it backfilling budget deficits in various agencies.
Legal NewsLine explains:
The money was to be placed in each state’s NMS Deposit Fund and the attorneys general were charged with setting the parameters of how it could be spent, with the states ordered to comply. Then-Attorney General Kamala Harris drew up a set of instructions on how the money could be used.
But the legislature then passed an act setting up the special deposit fund, which included a provision that allowed 90 percent of the money to be diverted to the general fund, regardless of Harris’ instructions. A total of $331 million was sent to the state’s main fund.
Harris instructed that the money be spent, among other elements, on the administration and monitoring of the compliance elements of the agreement, supporting relief programs, ongoing investigations and enforcement, borrower relief, funds for legal aid and grants.
In 2014 a coalition of minority counseling groups sued Gov. Jerry Brown and his Department of Finance, accusing them of illegally diverting the NMSDF relief funds. In June 2015 a Sacramento County Superior Court Judge ruled that the funds were indeed “unlawfully transferred and must be returned.” And the 3rd Appellate District Court upheld the lower court’s decision. However, the Legislature is ignoring the Appellate Court ruling.
Apparently, those Senate Democrats who voted to pass the bill were apparently okay with taking money that was specifically intended for homeowners damaged in the housing crisis. Senate Democrats just turned their back on all the damaged California homeowners who lost so much during the housing crisis.
California continues to suffer from a housing crisis because of a lack of affordability. AB 1829 is not simply a clarification of legislative intent; it is a shameless theft by this administration of money intended for the California homeowners whom the funds were intended to help.
Specifically, the settlement funds would have directly helped many California homeowners, including low-income families and people of color. Ironically, Democrats stood side-by-side with “Occupy” groups, proclaiming their outrage over the actions of “Big Banks” and ”Wall Street” which hurt homeowners in California. The Legislature is also thumbing its nose at the judicial system. Over the years there have been many sneaky, back-room and duplicitous actions perpetrated on the people of California by the governor and Democrat-controlled Legislature. But stealing money intended to help people damaged by what Democrats called “predatory lenders” and “Wall Street” in order to bail out the gross abuses by the Governor’s and Legislature’s wasteful and spending is probably among the lowest actions.
Now, when the illegal diversion of funds have been called out by the courts and this Legislature has a chance to make things right, Democrats not only can’t acknowledge the wrongness of their diversion, they’re actually seeking to legitimize it.
In a unanimous opinion authored by Judge Andrea Lynn Hoch, the appeals court largely affirmed but remanded the case to a trial court with an order to issue a writ of mandate “directing the immediate re-transfer from the general fund to the NMS Deposit Fund the sum of $331,044,084,” Legal NewsLine said.
After this “reclassification” of intent, the State will probably appeal to the California Supreme Court.
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Mather is celebrating a milestone as it turns 100 this year. To help ring in another century of service, the Cordova Community Council has planned a two week feast for art and music lovers and history buffs at the Mills Art and Culture Center (MACC), which opened in February at the Mather Field/Mills Station light rail location. The celebration kicks off with a grand opening reception on Wednesday, September 5 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. providing the first look at “Century of Service – 100th Anniversary of Mather Field.” The exhibit includes memorabilia, artifacts, art, music, and 48 life-size historical timeline boards designed by graphic artist Mark Loper.
“Bob Martinelli, the last commander at Mather, worked really tirelessly to put together some historical boards that take us through WWI, WWII, the Cold War, and into its commercial airport status as it is now,” said Cheryl Gleason, MACC event coordinator.
Exhibit items will move to the California Capital Air Show, which opens after the MACC events close, providing nearly a full month of celebration for Mather and its impact on the United States military and the Sacramento region.
“We’ve also partnered with the Aerospace Museum of California over at McClellan,” she said. “They have lent us some original uniforms and mannequins. I have a Tuskegee Airman in a sort of jumpsuit with a parachute on board. We have a WAC uniform,” referring to the Women’s Army Corps. The uniforms, she added, will illustrate style changes from early United States Army Air Corps through its transition to the United States Air Force.
Photos of the Curtiss JN-4 “Jenny” biplane being towed down Folsom Blvd. are among the many items that have been collected for the exhibit. Gleason has a bottle of wine from Mather, an old wooden plane prop, and several items from Center for Sacramento History. Newspaper clippings and photos of social events will complement and expand on Mather’s significance.
The exhibit promises to highlight the contributions of artist Wayne Thiebaud, who began doing nose art and cartoons while stationed at Mather. Theibaud was one of many artists associated with Mather through its history. Mather’s role as a training academy for male and female navigators was critical. The base housed the only flying classrooms outside of Texas for cadet training.
“I think it’s going to be a great tribute to the times and the history of Mather,” said Gleason.
James Scott, Sacramento Public Library’s Sacramento Room reference librarian, will give two talks during the ten day event. The first, “Panoramic History of Mather AFB,” is scheduled for September 6 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The second, on September 13, will focus on Mather’s role during WWI. Scott was praised by Gleason for his contributions to the exhibit. She is also excited that George Hudson, a Rancho Cordova resident who is an original Tuskegee Airman, will speak on September 15 about his experience and remembering the African American aviators who fought during WWII.
The gallery will open at 3 p.m. on September 7, and the RC Swing Band will perform “Fabulous Forties,” a tribute to the sounds of the 1940s, from 6:30 – 7:30 on the patio. A Mather reunion, “Silver Wings Saturday,” takes place on September 8 from noon to 5 p.m. with complimentary hot dogs until 2 p.m.
“Everything will happen at the MACC,” said Gleason. “It is such a convenient place. If you live in downtown Sac, just jump on the light rail and you’re right there at the doorstep.”
“Century of Service – 100th Anniversary of Mather Field” will run for two weeks from September 5 through September 15. The gallery will be open three days each week on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Gallery and event hours vary. For additional information, visit http://www.rcmacc.org/. If you go: 10191 Mills Station Road, Rancho Cordova, CA.
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - As the sun sets, the skies over Mather Airport will ignite with a feast for the senses as thrilling jets and aerobatic performers light up the sky with streaming flares, showers of colorful bursts from their wings and thundering pyrotechnics.
The California Capital Airshow After Dark (Airshow After Dark), presented by Sacramento County in partnership with the City of Rancho Cordova, is a unique nighttime extravaganza of flying, fireworks and music amid an aviation-themed festival atmosphere of family fun and entertainment. Airshow After Dark will kick off the weekend commemorating Mather Airport’s 100th birthday, Friday, September 21 at 5:00pm.
Come check out the ramp before the flying starts:
Flying performances begin at 6:30pm:
Don't miss these performers lighting up the sky with lights and pyrotechnics:
‘Magic by Moonlight’ - The world’s only nighttime aerobatic performance in a Beech 18. Equipped with 17 spotlights and 13 strobes, the top of this huge transport airplane lights up the night sky. Smoke, noise, choreography, and an incredible musical score, captivates audiences in this one-of-a-kind performance!
“Mr. Airshow”- “Mr. Airshow” will also amaze the crowd at NIGHT with fireworks mounted on ShowCat’s wingtips. This act will send chills down your spine as he flies a spell-binding performance set to music against the night sky.
Shockwave Jet Truck - You won’t want to miss Shockwave’s night show performance as it lights up the darkness with flames, thunderous noise and a flash of speed that will jolt your senses!
Redline Airshows - Jon Thocker and Ken Rieder in their RV-8s will light up the skies over Mather Airport with heart-stopping aerobatics enhanced by luminescent flairs, showering pyrotechnics and music!
US Army Golden Knights - This one-of-a-kind jump includes pyrotechnic canisters affixed to the soldiers' legs!
This one-of-a-kind Airshow will conclude with a MASSIVE wall of fire and breathtaking fireworks display!
The party will continue with a live concert – dance the remainder of the night away to pop hits performed by Wonder Bread 5 celebrating the Grand Opening of Sacramento Mather Jet Center’s massive NEW facility!
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Source: California Capital Airshow
GOLD RIVER, CA (MPG) - In the last two months, Gold River’s Stingrays have seen many a sunrise and sunset leading up to Championships Swim Meets. Well, this season has now seen its final light of day. With many a moon in between articles, hang on to your raft paddles for a wild ride through Class V rapids. There were meets against Rio Del Oro, Glen Oaks, Del Norte, the two-day top-tiered divisional Championships and another weekender of our region’s Meet of Champs. Woven into dryland beach towels, the Stingrays hopped out for Coaches Appreciation Week, a Spirit & Pasta Party, the Breakfast of Champs and Awards Night. Exhausting? No. Exhilarating? Like pulling through those IV and V whitewater rapids!
As nights fell, the Stingrays Superstars shone brighter and brighter. With the smallest team in 15 rotations around the sun, these constellations broke through in a year like no other. At times the waters looked treacherous; at those times, the Stingrays’ times got better and better. Having adapted a second mantra, “Heart & Soul to Reach Our Goal,” heaven knows how many individual and team goals were achieved. Never-ending Missions to Mars! As you know, Gold River woefully lacked the depth of other opponents. Out of five in their Division, this was the season to engage in fun, maximize personal potential, and revel in fifth place. Nonetheless, digging in to navigate the swift river, the Stingrays captured fourth … just three races from third. In gaining all of this (lap-after-lap) yardage, seven High-Point plaques were presented.
At the Meet of Champs, 46 teams collided in the universe to complete the course. Because of its past successful runs in the summer suns, the small-but-mighty is assigned to the large team division. Last year, after a historic first-place victory, 13 Superstars moved on to a higher caliber of long-distance competition. From a whirlpool of 41 qualified swimmers, 24 paddled down Gold River in unison; and, against the strong current, each earned star status. So how many teams were left up a creek without a paddle? 38. What a blazing sunset!
Awards Night is always a highly-anticipated crescendo to reflect upon the recent spherical past and project into the stratospheric future. Recipients of special team trophies are chosen by the coaching staff for exemplary performances as solos and as teammates. Beaming and starry-eyed, here’s honoree Morgan Jones, Stingray of the Year.
With the setting of the summer sun, registration for the fall-and-winter program has been launched. Year- rounders enjoy falling leaves and falling times, reaping what they sow and harvesting the benefits. Then prior to regaining that extra hour in daylight savings time, as the result of gripping handles throughout this duration, the waters aren’t nearly as turbulent. Dedicated Superstars are fit, feisty and ready to hit those raging Class V’s.
Without the support of this galactic microcosm, our community at large, the Stingrays could not be considered the model team and gracious hosts that they are. As one last fulfillment of “Heart & Soul to Reach Our Goal,” they wish to extend An Attitude of Gratitude for your encouragement. Night-night!