Thumbs up to Christopher Gorham, a star of the USA Network series “Covert Affairs” for signing on to support the Fresno Lion’s Club’s annual White Cane Day. A graduate of Roosevelt School of the Arts, Gorham will sign autographs today from 10 a.m. to noon at Sam’s Club, 7663 N. Blackstone. There is no charge but donations to the club’s fund for people with vision problems are encouraged. Gorham’s character on the TV show is blind, so he will also sign a cane similar to the one he carries on the show. The cane will be raffled off.
Thumbs up to former Tulare county judge Howard Broadman for donating a kidney to a stranger. The donation, he hopes, will help his 4-year-old grandson, who was born with a single, problem kidney. Broadman’s donation allows his grandson to spend less time on a waiting list should he need a replacement. The timing was critical because Grandpa is 64 and the cutoff for kidney donations is age 65.
Thumbs up to Fresno Pacific University for landing a $5 million endowment from the AIMS Center for Math and Science Education to help fund graduate students interested in science and math education in the central San Joaquin Valley. About 30 students will be admitted each year into a three-year, part-time graduate program, with 50% of the tuition paid.
Thumbs up to Munger Farms in Delano for donating $250,000 for the new Earlimart Rotary Park and to Skip Barwick’s Daro Commodities fertilizer company in Tulare for providing the soil.
The park was designed by Michael Maldonado, 33, who grew up in Earlimart. Rotary took on the project because 40% of the 8,000 residents in the city are under age 18 and there was a need for a place for the children to play.