Thumbs up to the kind, fast-thinking folks at Clinica Sierra Vista who made it possible to provide loaner mobile health vans to Alvin, Texas, in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. They helped out the Stephen F. Austin Community Health Center and the residents of Brazoria County. The van made it possible for the center to provide primary health care, including tetanus shots to evacuees staying in shelters.
On TV, we all saw the creepy critters in the nasty flood waters, and the mobile unit helped health-care providers treat folks who were covered in bites from ants and other bugs. The mobile unit visited two shelters on the Labor Day holiday weekend, where medical and dental providers cared for approximately 80 evacuees using the mobile unit, and continued to travel to one to two shelters each day.
As Mark Young, CEO, of the Austin center said, “The generosity extended by Clinica Sierra Vista to southeast Texas means so much at this time when many people have no homes, jobs or income. The mobile unit has allowed us to provide relief for many who have no access to medical care and have limited or no financial resources.”
Thumbs up to the donors to Tacos for Houston event at Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co. The event raised $10,477 to help out friends in Houston. One dollar from each taco went to the Red Cross, according to organizer Mike Oz, a total that the Fresno Grizzlies matched. Tioga-Sequoia donated $2,500 from beer sales and the Grizzlies also matched that. Cheers, everyone!
Thumbs down to third-party ticket sellers who use deceptive domain names to rip off customers. Bee entertainment writer Josh Tehee says a Google search for Fresno’s Save Mart Center, for example, brings up results for both www.savemartcenterboxoffice.com and savemart.centerfresno.com. Neither are the arena’s official site, savemartcenter.com.
Nor is towertheatrefresno.boxoffice-tickets.com (which is selling overpriced $90 Paula Poundstone tickets) the official Tower Theatre website or affiliated with the venue. It does have listings for several concerts happening at the theater, including a Sept. 12 date for Magpie Salute. Those tickets range from $186-$437 on the site. On the Tower Theatre site, the tickets are $46.50, general admission and still readily available.
It’s buyer beware, says Tehee, who suggests getting tickets directly from the venue or checking with official ticket sellers. Most major events in this area go through Ticketmaster. Smaller venues around town use the ticket services Ticketweb, Ticketfly or Live Music City
Thumbs up to the Downtown Fresno Partnership for winning four awards from the International Downtown Association. The team won awards for the Growlifornia activation at Chukchansi Park, the 2017 State of Downtown event, the Brew U project and the 2017 State of Downtown Video Opener.
Thumbs up to Army veteran Larry Green for getting his own Segway to run around town.
Jerry Kerr, CEO of Segs4Vets, and George Steese, DAV Charities of Central California president, presented Green with the cool transport recently. Green suffered a stroke in 2008, followed by the collapse of his leg in 2014. He was unable to walk or use his left arm. After a year of physical therapy, he has recovered much of his mobility, yet still struggles with walking long distances. The Segway will minimize the impact these physical setbacks have had on his day-to-day activities.
“Our brave veterans have given so much to protect our country, this is just one way that we give back to such deserving people,” said Steese. “Every year, we host our annual Cindy Aoki Memorial Golf Tournament to raise more funds and help more veterans. I’m proud to say that we’ve provided 24 Segways to veterans since partnering with Segs4Vets.”
Thumbs up to the Fresno Unified School District and the Fresno Housing Authority for creating a children’s program that includes a free toy lending library in downtown Fresno’s historic Helm Home on 1749 L. St. Built in 1901, the structure was restored in 2013. Children can take home the toys for two weeks. The program is funded by the Packard Foundation, and Jose Zalapa is the main program coordinator. Preston Prince is the executive director of the FHA. Congratulations on a great partnership for parents and kids!