Thumbs up to the nonprofit organization Cake4Kids, where volunteers bake and deliver free cakes to children in need, often filling a void in the lives of those children. The kids are typically foster children, in homeless families or in domestic violence shelters. Cake 4 Kids is looking for volunteer bakers in the Fresno area. More information about how to volunteer is available online at cake4kids.org or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thumbs down to Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, who needs to invest some of his district office funds in a dictionary. Denham, who voted for the Republican-penned American Health Care Act, said at a town hall in Riverbank that the legislation was passed “bipartisan … both parties working together.” For the record, the vote was 217-213 and not a single Democrat supported the bill, which if not amended in the Senate, will cause 24 million Americans to lose their health-care insurance.
Thumbs up to Manuel Mancebo Jr. and Ruiz Foods Products Inc. for each committing $1 million to Fresno State this week.
The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology announced that the gift from Mancebo will support the Fresno State dairy science program. Mancebo, 87, helped build Kings County Truck Lines into an industry leader with 1,000 trucks and more than 800 employees before selling the company in 2006.
Ruiz Foods, a Dinuba-based food manufacturing company, is underwriting an expansion of the University Business Center at the Craig School of Business. The gift will establish the “Ruiz Foods Executive Classrooms,” a state-of-the-art learning environment for students. Ruiz Foods has more than 2,500 employees and offers more than 200 different products.
Thumbs up to Johnny Quick Food Stores, their employees and customers for teaming up to donate $10,000 to United Cerebral Palsy of Central California last month. Every year, money is raised by placing change containers on store counters and selling holiday wreaths to customers.
The store at Belmont and Fowler avenues was the top fund-raiser. The Valley-based convenience-store chain has given $100,000 to UCP over the past 10 years – illustrating how small change can make a big difference.
Thumbs up to the Clovis Veterans Memorial District for refusing to let the fire go out of the annual city fireworks celebration July 4. Two weeks after its main organizer said Freedom Fest “isn’t going to happen” because of a crippling lack of money, the event is on again. The veterans will partner with Clovis Kiwanis, which has run Freedom Fest for years.
Thumbs up to Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula, D-Fresno, for his appointment to the board of directors of the California High-Speed Rail Authority. The state agency is charged with the planning, designing, building and operation of the largest public works project in the nation and the first bullet train. The more Valley influence on this endeavor by well-traveled people with an eye for detail, the better.
Thumbs up to Mike McGarvin and former Fresno State faculty member Ernesto Palomino, who will receive honorary doctorates at Fresno State’s 106th commencement May 20 at the Save Mart Center.
Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro will present the degree to McGarvin in recognition of his service to the homeless through Poverello House, Village of Hope, and Community of Hope.
Palomino is being honored for contributions to the arts by teaching, mentoring, his own extensive artistic work in the community, and collaborations to enhance the arts with, among many, Fresno Unified School District and the Juvenile Justice Campus.