Thumbs up to Fresno accounting firm Moss Adams LLP, which has promised to match, dollar-for-dollar, every monetary gift up to $25,000 given through March 31 to Fresno State’s March Match Up. The campaign goal is to raise $100,000 for the Student Cupboard., a food pantry that provides free food and hygiene products to Fresno State’s students.
Chip in at bit.ly/MarchMatchup and then challenge your buddies to also help fight student hunger.
“Considering roughly 44 percent of Fresno State students do not know where their next meal is coming from, there’s clearly a need to support them,” said Mary Castro, wife of Fresno State president Joseph Castro. “By removing barriers and providing these essential needs, students can focus on their academic goals.”
Thumbs up to Robert E. Smittcamp of Clovis and his family for giving $10 million to the neuroscience department at Community Medical Centers, the largest single cash gift for the he health care system and it follows a 2016 gift of more than $1 million from the family, also for neuroscience.
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Smittcamp is chairman and CEO of Lyons Magnus and a co-owner of Wawona Packing Co.
Community is “the charity where I can make the biggest difference, for the most people, for the greatest number of years,” Smittcamp said.
“Additional growth and recruitment of world-class neurosurgeons is still required to ensure the success of this service line,” Smittcamp said. “I am hoping this new gift will accelerate the hospital’s plans in this critical service area that affects so many Valley families.”
They had us at “world-class neurosurgeons. Imagine not having to incur the expense of treatment in Los Angeles or San Francisco, or the Mayo Clinic. This is a gift not just to the hospital, but to all of us in the Valley, who may one day require these life-saving services.
Thumbs up to the Kingsburg High School Wind Ensemble for earning a performance slot in Carnegie Hall in New York City during the New York Wind Band Festival Tuesday.
A serendipitous part of the festival for the locals involves a rehearsal exchange with with Stoneman Douglas Wind Ensemble from Parkland, Florida, site of the recent mass murder. The plan is for the students to rehearse together, make friends and, in the end, support one another in the audience.
Mike Schofield is director of bands at Kingsburg High.
What a chance to give a cross-country hug to students who have been through so much.
Thumbs down to car break-in thieves. These creeps work everywhere, but if you are looking for a nice weekend in San Francisco, it’s headline news. Police there are having a pervasive problem with car break-ins, and right now a massive public awareness campaign is going on that Valley residents can learn from as well.
Here is the back story: The cops say the break-ins are happening because drug dealing has become less lucrative with prescription painkillers flooding the market. So the losers among us have turned to car break-ins.
Their best tip is to eliminate the inventory. Leave nothing in your car. Police believe if you eliminate the incentive, break-ins will go down. Bay Area residents are being encouraged to call in their own ideas. San Francisco residents suggest putting police at popular fencing places like swap meets, stopping any car with paper license plates, and hiring teams of people to wander around trouble spots with walkie talkies, reporting suspicious characters and reporting break-ins.
Thumbs up to Lorilee Robinson’s fourth graders at Kepler Neighborhood School for raising $650 to adopt three animals at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo. To earn the money, the kids decided to sell their custom-made “slime” what else? We’ve heard that money can slip through your fingers, but this time it’s in a good way. Congratulations!
Thumbs up to Jon Koobation, who will be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award Monday during the 2017 Best of the Valley Restaurant Awards. He owned and ran the popular restaurant Jon’s Bear Club in Reedley, before his retirement and is the and author of “Cooking with Jon.”