Thumbs up to Haron Jaguar for its Super Bowl commercial promoting the region and the construction of its new building for the downtown dealersship. Hitting the #FresnoProud, the ad shows off the city’s best assets, the revitalization of downtown, three national parks within a short drive and the region’s rich agricultural history.
The ad was produced by a combination of three local companies: 18Thirty Entertainment, Fulton Group and 2ndFloor Guy, Haron’s own brand.
Thumbs up to Gaston Middle School, Fresno Street Saints and Danny Alberty for recruiting 100 men to have Donuts with Dads Tuesday from 8-9 a.m. at the school, 1100 E. Church Ave. About 50 guys have signed up so far. Not all little boys are lucky enough to have a Dad who can attend, so this makes sure no one eats alone. A guy can never have too many mentors.
Guest speaker for the event is Pastor DJ Criner. Ready to man up? Call Alberty at 681-3250.
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Thumbs up to prize fighter Jose Ramirez of Avenal for keeping his priorities in place. Six weeks before his first world title opportunity, reports The Bee’s Anthony Galaviz, he took a little time away from the boxing gym in Los Angeles to bring some cheer to a Corcoran boy.
Ramirez met with a 10-year-old whose uncle was killed when his car was slammed into a by a truck that ran a red light Christmas night in Hanford.
Raymond Romero Jr. was driving with his pregnant fiancée, Miranda Garza, their sons ages 7 and 8, and Romero’s 10-year-old nephew, Louie Romero Jr. The others in the car were badly hurt in the hit-and-run. Garza gave birth to a healthy baby girl several hours later.
Louie was traveling with his cousins because they had an XBox and he wanted to play video games. That didn’t happen because of the accident. Louie is recovering from a brain hemorrhage and a fractured skull. A big fan of Ramirez, he and asked if he could someday meet the boxer, who is set to fight Amir Imam for the vacant World Boxing Council junior-welterweight title in New York on March 17.
Ramirez obliged, taking an Xbox One to Louie before joining the boy and his father for pizza.
Nice work, champ. And get well soon, Louie!
Thumbs down to the scammers posing as Pacific Gas and Electric workers. People claiming to work for the utility company are knocking on doors to investigate outages. PG&E says customers should demand identification. The criminals also work the phones, demanding payments. Just to make sure, call (800) 743-5000. That is also the number to report a scam. Be careful!
Thumbs up to GSF Properties Inc. for donating $30,000 to the Poverello House. The funds were raised by the employees through volunteering and local community events.
Thumbs up to Bank of the Sierra, which announced 15 nonprofit organizations in four counties were awarded grants totaling $50,000 during the fourth quarter through its Sierra Grant Program. They include The Down Syndrome Association of Central California and Peoples Self Help Housing Corporation for its Literacy Youth Education Enhancement Program.
Thumbs up to Mission Linen and Uniform Service and Fresno Heart and Surgical Hospital for donating a van full of clean bedding for the shelter dogs at Fresno Humane Animal Service.
Thumbs up to the 10 outstanding businesses being honored by the Fresno Compact at the annual Shareholders Luncheon March 7. The winners are Fresno Elks Lodge, Geekwise, Island Photography, JR Sports, the McClarty Family, Donna Meeker, NutriAg USA, PR Farms Inc, Mike Schwan and Yribarren Family Vineyards.
The winner of the Dr. Harold Haak Award is Dr. Sandra Caldwell, Reedley College President.
Fresno Compact is a group of 32 members who focus community-wide efforts on preparing students for the increasing demands of society and the workplace. A majority of the members are from private businesses.
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