Legendary Rock Band Donates Worldwide Hit Song to Shriners Hospitals for Children

MPG Staff  |  2019-03-06

Foreigner band members Kelly Hansen (Foreigner lead singer, left) and Mick Jones (Founding band member and song writer, right) pose with Alec Cabacungan, Shriners Hospitals for Children Patient Ambassador. Photo courtesy Shriners Hospital.

FOREIGNER, the classic British-American rock band is donating its hit song I Want to Know What Love Is to Shriners Hospitals for Children. FOREIGNER recently recorded a special version of the song with Kelly Hansen as lead vocalist and created a new music video featuring Shriners Hospitals for Children patients.

The new release of I Want to Know What Love Is now is available for download on Google Play and iTunes.  FOREIGNER is donating all sales proceeds to Shriners Hospitals for Children.

The Mick Jones composition I Want to Know What Love Is hit the top of the charts all over the world when it was released in 1984, and is FOREIGNER’s biggest hit to date. It remains one of the band's best-known songs and is listed as one of Rolling Stone Magazine's greatest songs of all time.

“There is a spiritual undertone to I Want to Know What Love Is, and when you apply the lyrics to a cause like Shriners Hospitals for Children, it brings a whole new meaning to the song,” said FOREIGNER lead guitarist and songwriter Mick Jones.

“It’s hard to put a dollar amount on the value of this gift, but this is truly a monumental donation in our mind,” said John McCabe, executive vice president of Shriners Hospitals for Children. “Participating in the music video will be an invaluable experience for our patients. The fact that sales proceeds from the download of this song will go to Shriners Hospitals for Children is a wonderful bonus.”

“FOREIGNER has been involved with Shriners Hospitals for 10 years, and we’ve been looking for a way to make a more meaningful impact,” said lead singer Kelly Hansen. “The lyrics of this song really speak to the qualities we’ve observed in the children here at Shriners Hospitals. The kids show this amazing resilience and happiness that really makes one think how powerful love is.”

You may donate or download FOREIGNER music online.

Since 1922, Shriners Hospitals for Children has provided pediatric specialty care to children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate. Shriners Hospitals has treated more than 1.3 million children from more than 180 countries over the last 95 years.

Shriners Hospitals for Children has locations throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, and is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. All care is provided regardless of the families’ ability to pay.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.

FOREIGNER is responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including Juke Box Hero, Cold as Ice, Hot Blooded, Waiting For A Girl Like You, Feels Like The First Time, Urgent, and the worldwide No. 1 hit, I Want to Know What Love Is. More than 40 years into the game, FOREIGNER continues to rock the charts with massive airplay and continued Billboard Top 200 album success. FOREIGNER also features strongly in every category in Billboard’s Greatest of All Time listing. The band is consistently in the Top 20 on classic rock radio. As a result of the depth of the catalogue, the band gets more airplay at the format than Eric Clapton, The Who, Fleetwood Mac, Bon Jovi, U2, Bad Company and many of their peers. 

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SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - On Jan. 15, the Board of Supervisors approved a collaborative partnership between Sacramento County and UC Davis Health to deliver primary care, behavioral health, and some specialty services to 5,000 Medi-Cal enrollees at the County-run Federally Qualified Health Center at Broadway and Stockton Boulevard.

“Sacramento County is thrilled for this relationship with UC Davis Health,” said Supervisor Patrick Kennedy. “Together we are committed to ensuring greater access to high-quality health care in our region. UC Davis Health already provides health care services at the Sacramento County Health Center and the expansion will allow for more access to primary care and high-quality health care to Medi-Cal patients.”

Starting Feb. 1, the partnership will bring together a hospital system and Sacramento County health care providers to give coordinated, high-quality care to patients. The unique structure of the agreement is based on that of an Accountable Care Organization, where UC Davis Health provides all care for primary care and behavioral health services for enrollees at the Paul F. Hom Primary Care Facility in the Sacramento County Health Center as well as at UC Davis facilities.

“Patients will be phased in over a period of six months to the​ Paul F. Hom Primary Care Facility in the Sacramento County Health Center,” said Peter Beilenson, Director of the Department of Health Services. “These enrollees will be provided with comprehensive primary care and behavioral health services, but will also have opportunities to connect with on-site social service organizations that provide housing assistance, job placement, legal se​rvices, Medi-Cal system navigation and eligibility, and care coordination.”

This collaborative initiative has great potential for all involved:

  • For patients and community members - primary and preventive care to Medi-Cal recipients who currently have limited access to care in the County will be increased and more coordinated
  • For the Sacramento County Health Center and Sacramento County - the Health Center will be fully utilized and serve the ultimate vision of a person-centered medical and social service home for an underserved community with increased reimbursement for services provided. 

Source: Sacramento County Media

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Why We Love Carmichael

Story by Trina L. Drotar, Photo by Izzy Delancey  |  2019-03-06

Honorary Mayor of Carmichael Kelli Foley presents check for $1852.93 to Sharon Ruffner, president of the Carmichael Parks Foundation.  Sharon Ruffner is on the right.  Kelli Foley is on the left.

Kelli Foley Raises Funds for Carmichael Parks Foundation

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) – Kelli Foley dove headlong into her second campaign to be named Honorary Mayor of Carmichael by hosting an array of fundraisers. Each dollar raised, she explained, equaled one vote. She ran alongside two other candidates and raised just shy of $10,000. Twenty percent, $1852.93, was presented to Sharon Ruffner, president of the Carmichael Parks Foundation.

Foley did not miss a beat and brought her best to the events, which included a wine pull and a gift card pull at River City Brewery. Supporters paid $20 and were guaranteed a bottle of wine or a gift card worth at least that much. Some lucky winners received bottles worth up to $86 and gift cards worth up to $100. No one knew, until the bags were opened, what they had won.

The “Why We Love Carmichael” t-shirts were also a hit and were sold throughout the community. Perhaps the most interesting event was the gift card tree she raffled at the Mayor Mingle event hosted by the Carmichael Chamber of Commerce at Oakmont of Carmichael.

Foley, who owns Trillium Real Estate, is originally from the Carmichael/Fair Oaks area and chose the Carmichael Parks Foundation for the donation because she recalled swimming, playing softball and soccer, and enjoying what the parks had to offer.

Her favorite part of the non-political office is “all the people you get to meet and the non-profits and locals you get to help,” she said. Look for Foley around town at ribbon cuttings or in parks or schools interacting with children. For more information, visit https://www.carmichaelchamber.com/honorary-mayor-2019.html.

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Sacramento Life Center Baby Basket Drive Raises $10K To Help New Moms

By Kristin Thébaud  |  2019-03-06

Ana Alvarado receives a baby basket from Sacramento Life Center, thanks to the group’s Baby Basket Drive held each December. Photo courtesy Thébaud Communications

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Life Center’s fifth annual Baby Basket Drive for new moms raised more than $10,000 from the community in December, which will buy more than 200 baskets for Sacramento Life Center patients throughout 2019. The drive is held each December to kickstart the 500 baby baskets needed so that every Sacramento Life Center patient who gives birth in the coming year can receive a basket of needed items, including formula, diapers, newborn clothes, pacifiers and more.

Donations will be accepted throughout 2019 and can be made online at www.saclife.org by writing Baby Basket Drive in the message box on the donation page. Gifts can be made in any increment, but a donation of $50 buys one basket.

“One of the most overwhelming feelings is learning that you’re pregnant and fearing you won’t have the resources to care for your vulnerable baby,” said Marie Leatherby, executive director, Sacramento Life Center. “Sometimes something as simple as a gift of diapers and newborn clothes can give expecting mothers the confidence that they have a support system to help raise their child. These baskets give expecting mothers proof that they will always have a family here at the Sacramento Life Center and supporters out in the community rooting for their family.”

The Sacramento Life Center’s mission is to offer compassion, support, resources and free medical care to women and couples facing an unplanned or unsupported pregnancy. The Sacramento Life Center’s licensed Sac Valley Pregnancy Clinic includes a primary clinic and two Mobile Medical Clinics that provide all services for free, including pregnancy tests, STD tests, ultrasounds, peer counseling for men and women, education and resource referrals. The nonprofit also offers a school-based teen education program, a 24-hour hotline and a program for women experiencing reproductive grief. For more information about the Sacramento Life Center’s Sac Valley Pregnancy Clinic, visit www.svpclinic.com. For more information about the Sacramento Life Center or to make a donation, visit www.saclife.org


Source: Thébaud Communications

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Aegis of Carmichael Earns Special Recognition

From Steffany Jamison  |  2019-03-06

The proud staff of Aegis of Carmichael celebrates their hard-won company award. MPG staff photo.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - As part of its annual EPIC (Empowering People Inspiring Consciousness) leadership conference, a popular activity is Awards Night, which honors ‘the best of the best’ throughout Aegis Living’s portfolio of senior living communities.  

In an industry that requires its staff to be patient, empathetic and mindful every day, Aegis Living is pleased to recognize the people and communities whose passion is reflected in the work they do for residents in our care.  These awards affirm that our company is filled with beautifully passionate, dedicated and likeminded people who love what they do. Each one sets the bar high­ for themselves and those around them.

Each year, leaders from all 31 Aegis Living communities nominate candidates, several of which are community-oriented. Home Office leaders review and carefully discuss each entry. It’s a tough job to select winners as there is generally tough competition!

Aegis of Carmichael has been recognized with the Outstanding Team of the Year Award, which is evaluated on best practices resulting in outstanding achievement in the areas of Teamwork, operational efficiencies and excellence, consistent demonstration of “above the line” behavior and quarterly ranking of success card scores. Another contributing attribute is outstanding retention and strongly demonstrated employee centered culture.

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Fresh Start's Role is to Support and Encourage

Story and photos by Trina L. Drotar  |  2019-03-05

Charlotte Stott and Melinda Avey display a starter kit offered by the Assistance League program.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) – In 2018, Assistance League Sacramento, an all-volunteer organization of over 285 members, celebrated 50 years of service to the local community through a variety of philanthropic programs that are funded in large part by its resale thrift shop, Fabulous Finds on Fulton. Programs, which are completely local, date back to 1967 when Eyes Right was established. At least one new program has been launched in each decade since. The organization’s newest programs, Fresh Start and Reaching Out, were established in 2017.

Charlotte Stott chairs the Fresh Start committee of 50 volunteers. After reviewing several studies on community needs, which included support for victims of sex trafficking and foster youth aging out of residential care, the group chose to partner with Community Against Sexual Harm (CASH) and its RESET diversion program. The program supports training and offers peer mentoring through its eight week, no fee program.

Stott explained that Fresh Start’s role is to support and encourage the women participating in the program. At four weeks, the midway point, women receive a “way to go gift” of lip balm, hand sanitizer, and a note. Upon graduation, women receive a bag with earrings, lipstick, and acknowledgement of their effort. The gifts, Stott said, tell the women that they matter.

 Fresh Start also assists by providing hygiene products and a change of clothing including sweat pants, bra, and a top. Three apartment starter kits are provided each quarter, and this month, the volunteers began providing bags with various items including tissues.

 “We provide small birthday gifts and cards hand signed by committee volunteers,” said Stott.

To assist foster youth aging out of the system, Fresh Start provides apartment starter kits to EA Family Services and Aspiranet. According to the latter’s website, 5000 youth age out annually in California and the agency supports 1900 by collaborating with community organizations like Assistance League Sacramento. Fresh Start plans to begin providing newborn essentials to young mothers who are in foster care.

Relationships were built and established and Stott estimates that approximately 6000 people have been touched in one way or another through the efforts of Fresh Start.

Reaching Out, a smaller committee of volunteers chaired by Melinda Avey, also provides apartment starter kits, along with a host of other assistance through its collaboration with Sacramento Steps Forward, an organization committed to ending homelessness in the region through partnerships with agencies such as Assistance League.

  “We buy work boots,” said Avey. “We pay deposit and application fees. We identify small needs.”

Sacramento Steps Forward, through partnerships with other organizations, may be able to secure housing for a currently homeless individual or family, but there are additional needs that they cannot provide. These, Avey explained, are the items that Reaching Out can assist with on short notice, such as the need for an application fee for a currently available apartment. When a request comes in, the committee votes to grant the request and Avey said, “makes it happen.”

 “That is the benefit of being a non-profit, we can act immediately.”

Like Fresh Start, Reaching Out also provides apartment starter kits. Kits, Avey said contain sheets, towels, pots and pans, shower curtain and rings, and other items that most folks might take for granted.

“We give a welcome mat,” she said, and the committee provides a clock. People living on the street lose track of time, she said.

Feedback, said Avey, always includes mention of the welcome mat. Items are not random choices. The committee is guided by suggestions regarding sheet size and table settings that are requested to be for one or two, not four.

The committee has also paid for a ticket to reunite a homeless individual and her father.

“It makes our day.”

For additional information, visit Assistance League Center’s Fabulous Find s on Fulton shop at 2751 Fulton Avenue or https://www.assistanceleague.org/Sacramento.

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Person of the Year Announced

Story and Photos by Susan Maxwell Skinner  |  2019-02-22

Sacramento DA Anne Marie Schubert (Pictured with friend Cameron Dax) will be named Person of the Year at a March 29 Chamber of Commerce gala.

Carmichael Chamber's 2019 Honorees Announced

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Sacramento’s District Attorney, a produce vendor, a jeweler, a long-time community volunteer and a hard-working teenager have been selected as 2019 Carmichael Persons of the Year. These community leaders will be hailed at an awards gala at Arden Hills Resort on March 29. The event is a Chamber of Commerce fundraiser.

Top honoree is Sacramento D.A. Anne Marie Schubert. Schubert recently began her second elected term after making national headlines when the East Area Rapist suspect was apprehended, 28 years after his first attack. The arrest was enabled by unremitting DNA processes -- spearheaded by Schubert – that pinpointed a Citrus Heights resident.

Mother of two sons, the DA is heroine to many: Crime Victims United last year named her District Attorney of the Year. The attorney declares herself humbled by her upcoming Carmichael accolade.  “I could not be more honored," she says. "I grew up here; my family and I have deep connections with the area. I look forward to continuing work with the community.”  Her predecessor, DA Jan Scully, was previously honored by the same Chamber award.

Businesswoman of the Year is Farmer's Wife owner Rosemarie Martell, whose Winding Way fruit store was rebuilt from the ashes of a vicious 2016 arson attack.  Jerusalem-born jeweler Mahmud Sharif is Businessman of the Year. Known for community philanthropy, the merchant has donated a $2000 diamond ring for the event’s fundraiser raffle.  

Realtor Ron Greenwood will receive volunteer laurels. A 27-year member of Carmichael Kiwanis, the Lyon Real Estate agent was elected 12 years ago to the Carmichael Water District Board, he also serves the Regional Water Authority and Sacramento Association of Realtors.

Teenager Connor Pexa will begin his year as Chamber Youth Ambassador. The El Camino High School student is lauded for volunteer work with seniors.

Good Day Sacramento anchor Tina Macuha will emcee ceremonies. Fundraiser guests usually include most of the area’s business leaders and elected representatives. Shriners' Hospital (Non-Profit of the Year) will receive a portion of the proceeds.

Anyone may attend. Banquet admission is $100. For more info, call (916) 481-1002

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