Making a Difference

Story and photos by Shaunna Boyd  |  2019-05-22

Keynote speaker Phil Oates (bottom left), Stanford defensive linemen Jovan Swahn (left) and Michael Williams (right), and Playmakers founder Greg Roeszler (second from right) honored the players for their service.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Playmakers Organization is a local non-profit that coaches character through leadership and provides free programs to underprivileged and at-risk youth. Playmakers hosted their 10th annual fundraising dinner on Saturday, April 27 at Divine Savior Church in Orangevale.

The evening’s festivities included live and silent auctions to raise money for the organization. Proceeds from the event will fund Playmakers’ free six-week all-day Summer Character Academy. Playmakers founder Greg “Coach Roz” Roeszler said, “We seek out the kids whose families cannot afford any kind of summer enrichment, so it is extremely important we have funding for our trained coaches and volunteers.”

The Summer Character Academy will serve at least 100 kids, teaching them teamwork and improving their self-confidence.

Phil Oates, part-owner of the Sacramento Kings, was the keynote speaker of the event. Oates explained that the most important part of coaching is character development. He said, “Coaches sacrifice for their teams and always put the kids first.”

“Playmakers are making a difference for kids,” said Oates. “They are very fiscally responsible with the contributions they receive.… They’ll make you proud.”

The dinner was donated by Chicago Fire and was served by players from the Rio Americano and El Camino football teams. The teams are working together as part of a unique reconciliation effort after a brawl last season forced them to forfeit the final game.

The fundraiser’s title sponsor was Fitguard president Ryan Meier. Playmakers’ sponsor Harrison Phillips of the Buffalo Bills was honored at the event, and Stanford defensive linemen Michael Williams and Jovan Swahn attended as honored guests.

Thanks to many generous donations, Playmakers raised more than $30,000 to fund their Summer Character Academy. The largest donations came from the Country Club Optimists and the Azevedo Foundation.

Coach Roz thanked Playmakers civic group participants — Rotary, Optimists, and Lions — and all of the donors and volunteers for making it possible to help so many kids in the region. “Sometimes kids need extra attention. It’s about investing time,” said Coach Roz. “That’s what we do at Playmakers. That’s what we do as coaches. We never give up on the kids.”

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Walmart Opens First Stand-alone Transportation Office in Sacramento

By Kim Ericksen, Elevate Public Affairs  |  2019-05-22

L-R: Derek McCowan, James Hulbert, Richard Prescott, Uni Cerezo (GM of the Sacramento Office), Peggy Biro, Steve Harper and McClellan Park

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Walmart is opening the retailer’s first-ever standalone transportation office in Sacramento in a bid to recruit up to 130 experienced truck drivers for its private fleet.

The office, which opened a temporary location on April 1, will service stores and distribution centers in northern California, southern Oregon, and east to Reno, Nevada. Drivers at this location will qualify for the company’s recently announced driver pay increase. Walmart drivers can earn an average of $87,500 in their first year of employment with an all-in rate of nearly 89 cents per mile.

Walmart has more than 65 transportation offices throughout the country, but Sacramento will be the first that is not co-located with a distribution center. The permanent location will be located in the McClellan Business Park and will have a drop yard. The office will have 85 trucks and 100 trailers.

“We’re excited to open a facility in Sacramento where there is a deep pool of talented, experienced truck drivers,” said Uni Cerezo, regional transportation manager of the Sacramento transportation office. “Walmart continues to explore how we can operate more efficiently and serve our customers’ changing needs, and this office will serve an important customer market for us.”

Walmart plans to accept internal Walmart transfers and recruit externally. To qualify to drive for Walmart, a driver must have 30 months of commercial driving experience in the last three years and a clean safety record for the past three years. For details and to apply, please see www.drive4walmart.com.

Those drivers hired to staff the Sacramento transportation office will differ from others in the industry in that they will start and end their weeks in the same location and have home time each week. Other perks and benefits of driving for Walmart extend well beyond the competitive per/mile rate and activity-based pay. Some of the reasons truck drivers say they enjoy working for Walmart include:

Great benefits. Walmart drivers have access to company benefits on the first day and can earn as much as 21 days of Paid Time Off (PTO) in their first year;

Predictable home time. Walmart operates on a weekly schedule, so drivers know when they will be home and on the road. We use a bidding process two to three times a year to set their schedules, so drivers know where they stand on work-life balance;

Walmart is one of the safest fleets operating with contemporary well-maintained equipment. At Walmart our drivers drive and earn money rather than waiting for a truck to be fixed. Walmart offers quarterly safety bonuses and a safety incentive and recognition programs. The American Transportation Association has awarded Walmart the Safest Fleet in the Over 250 Million Mile Division for the past 5 consecutive years;

Transportation offices all over the country. Walmart operates more than 70 transportation offices throughout the U.S.;

No-touch freight. Walmart truck drivers don’t unload trucks;

Safe parking. Walmart drivers park in well-lit, safe parking in Walmart stores, Sam’s Clubs and distribution centers across the country.


 

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Camp Fair Oaks and Activities

By Mary Cattolica  |  2019-05-17

The WOW Bus making a stop at the a Camp Fair Oaks Fieldtrip. Photo courtesy of Fair Oaks Parks and Recreation

Fair Oaks Recreation & Park District
FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - When Summer HOT, we make camp COOL! Send your kids to the coolest camp in town for a summer FULL of fun! Camp Fair Oaks provides children, ages 5-12, with the opportunity to make friends, experience and discover new interests. Let out stellar camp staff make this a summer they’ll never forget!

Registration for Camp Fair Oaks will close THURSDAYS at 5pm for the following week’s camp.
Full Day (9AM-4PM): $170 ($165 resident)
Extended Care (7:30AM-5:30PM): $190 ($185 resident)
Camp Special: Purchase all 8 weeks by May 31st, 2019 by 5:00PM and receive ½ off Week 9!
Sibling Discount: $10/week ($15/week res.)
NOTE: Sibling Discounts and Camp Special ONLY available for In-Office registrations!
 

Fair Oaks Community Garage Sale
It’s time for people to clean out their closets and garages! Are you looking for some new treasures? Shop nearly sixty sellers for some great deals and steals at the Fair Oaks Community Garage Sale!
June 1, 2019 | 8AM-1PM | Fair Oaks Park – Upper Parking Lot | 11549 Fair Oaks Park
 

WOW Bus
The W.O.W. (Wonderful Outdoor World) Bus is getting kids back outdoors! Fair Oaks Recreation & Park District is proud to announce the arrival of The W.O.W Bus to a park near you! This FREE program brings children and families of the community together through a variety of group games, sports, arts & crafts, and free play. There are plenty of fun activities to go around!
 

W.O.W. BUS SCHEDULE
Sunday, May 19 | 10AM-12PM | Madison Place Park
Monday, June 10 | 5PM-7PM | Fair Oaks Park
Friday, July 12 | 5PM-7PM | Fair Oaks Park
Saturday, August 10 | 10AM-12PM | Village Park
Sunday, September 8 | 10AM-12PM | Miller Park

The W.O.W Bus will not be held when temperatures exceeds 100 degrees during the designated event time or on rain or Spare the Air days.
 

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Dinger at the New Sutter Walk-In Care

Gary Zavoral, Sutter Health  |  2019-05-17

Dinger a Hit as New Sutter Walk-In Care’s First Patient. It’s a Whole New Ballgame for Sacramento as New Clinic Brings Healthcare Close to Home.

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Baseball mascots need to be in tip-top shape to bust a move, run the bases and get the crowd excited. So the Sacramento River Cats’ mascot, Dinger, went this week to the most convenient location in Sacramento to get a quick physical: the newest Sutter Walk-In Care.

Designed to make staying healthy easier and more convenient, Sutter Health opened its seventh Walk-In Care clinic in the Sacramento area on Tuesday, April 30. Located in the popular Loehmann’s Plaza at Fair Oaks Boulevard and Fulton Avenue, this Sutter Walk-In Care serves an area that has a few options for the treatment of everyday illnesses and other health needs. These include youth physicals for sports and summer camps, pre-employment physicals for adults, as well as measles and other vaccinations.

The Walk-In Care clinic is located at 2537 Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacramento, and is the seventh Sutter Walk-In Care in the Valley area. Other clinics are located in Citrus Heights, El Dorado Hills, Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova and two clinics in Roseville. It will serve residents of Arden-Arcade, East Sacramento and Carmichael.

“These locations offer easy access to treatment for a whole host of needs, whether it’s treating the flu or an ear infection or wellness services like sports or pre-employment physicals,” said Kelly Foss, Sutter Walk-In Care regional manager. “We hope that by providing more convenient access to care, in places where many people are already running their errands, patients won’t put off getting the care they need to stay healthy.”

Sutter Walk-In Care offers an innovative approach to healthcare:

Nurse practitioners or physician assistants provide treatment for common illnesses, health screenings, vaccinations and wellness services such as smoking-cessation support;

Each location is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, with reduced hours on most major holidays. Thanksgiving and Christmas Day are the only days when Sutter Walk-In Care clinics are closed;

Patients can call ahead or visit the Walk-In Care website to save their spot, or simply just walk-in to the location;

Sutter Walk-In Care locations offer a comfortable lobby with outlets to charge laptops or phones, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi, fruit, coffee, tea and fruit-infused water;

Sutter Walk-In Care is available to adults and children 18 months and older – patients do not need to be an existing Sutter Health patient.

Sutter Walk-In Care accepts most major insurance plans, and patients would be responsible for their standard co-pay or co-insurance. For those who prefer to pay out of pocket or have not yet met their deductible, pricing is clear and simple, with a standard office visit at a flat rate of $129.

Sutter is committed to creating numerous access points to care. For the past several years, Sutter has explored new ways to meet consumers where they are for their care needs. In addition to the Sutter Walk-in Care locations, other convenient options include Sutter urgent care centers or video visits, in addition to traditional office visits with a primary care doctor within Sutter’s network of care.

With all of these options, sometimes consumers ask which location is most appropriate. For example, a Sutter Walk-in care visit could help address seasonal allergy needs, while a Sutter urgent care visit could help someone with asthma who is short of breath. For someone suffering from chest pain, an emergency department visit may be best for a patient.

Additional points of access, like Sutter Walk-In Care clinics, also have the potential to relieve pressure on overcrowded emergency rooms.

“We want to reserve emergency departments for complex and life-threatening illnesses, rather than having people with minor medical problems going there because they have no other option,” Foss said. “At the same time, allowing patients to receive non-urgent care and vaccinations quickly, near where they live or work, should help free up doctor-office visits for those with more serious issues.”

While Sutter Walk-In Care provides a wide variety of healthcare services, patients with serious problems or illnesses that require more immediate attention, such as severe cuts or broken bones, should visit an urgent care clinic, or their nearest hospital emergency department.
Additional Sutter Walk-In Care clinics located in the Sacramento Valley:

Citrus Heights: 5406 Sunrise Blvd., Citrus Heights, CA 95610;
El Dorado Hills: 3919 Park Drive, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762;
Elk Grove: 4810 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove, CA 95758;
Roseville: 4010 Foothills Blvd., Roseville, CA 95747;
Roseville: 781 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville, CA 95678;
Rancho Cordova: 4040 Sunrise Blvd., Rancho Cordova, CA 95742.

And how did Dinger do? Besides being a hit with the staff, Dinger was deemed safe to continue his duties during the River Cats season.

To learn more about Sutter Walk-In Care, please visit www.sutterhealth.org/walk-in or call 1-800-972-5547.

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Del Campo High School Graduate Receives a $10,000 Scholarship

By Kerry Heinrich, WoodmenLife  |  2019-05-17

Courtney Warner, recipient of the $10,000 WoodmenLife Focus Forward Scholarship. Courtesy of WoodmenLife

FAIR OAKS, CA (MPG) - Courtney Warner, a 2018 graduate of Del Campo High School in Fair Oaks, was recently awarded the prestigious $10,000 WoodmenLife Focus Forward Scholarship®. Warner, who is a WoodmenLife member, submitted an application highlighting her grades, activities and volunteerism, as well as an essay on patriotism.

Courtney, the daughter of Paul and Martha Warner of Carmichael, is actively at her university, where she is involved as the Director of Internal Events for Sororities and Fraternities. She also plays intermural soccer.

She attends California State University in Sacramento, where she is majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry. She plans on entering the nursing program. Her family is a member of WoodmenLife CA Chapter 339 in Sacramento.

“Courtney was chosen as a recipient of this scholarship because of her dedication to excellence in academics.” said WoodmenLife President & CEO, Patrick L. Dees. “WoodmenLife is thrilled to be able to recognize that achievement and help Courtney realize her dream of furthering her education with this prestigious scholarship.”

The WoodmenLife Focus Forward Scholarship program is part of the organization’s member extras. The program awards up to $1 million annually to members furthering their education in a two-year or four-year college, university or technical school.

This year, WoodmenLife will award more than 850 scholarships ranging from $500 to $25,000.

WoodmenLife was founded in 1890 as a not for profit. The organization gives back to its nearly 700,000 members, who join together in a shared commitment to family, community and country. With a legacy of financial stability, WoodmenLife offers quality life insurance and retirement products. To learn more about the organization and the extras members enjoy, visit WoodmenLife.org.


 

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Sacramento Life Center Receives $10,000 for Medical Services for Low-Income Pregnant Women

By Kristin Thébaud, Kristin Thébaud Communications  |  2019-05-17

A patient receives an ultrasound at Sacramento Life Center. The nonprofit recently received grants for its free medical services. Courtesy Sacramento Life Center

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Sacramento Life Center in Arden has received $5,000 each from the Leonard Family Foundation and Kelly Foundation to provide free medical services to low-income pregnant women and teen girls through the group’s primary clinic located in the Arden area and its Mobile Medical Clinics that travel throughout the Sacramento area.


“We are grateful to the Leonard Family Foundation and the Kelly Foundation for this generous funding,” said Marie Leatherby, executive director, Sacramento Life Center. “The Sacramento Life Center has seen a 30 percent increase in women and teen girls seeking our services since our move to Arden. The majority of them are low-income, and half have no medical insurance. These grants will help thousands of mothers and their children receive the medical care they need.”


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 seeking support after having an abortion. 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 Kristin Thébaud Communications

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Sacramento SPCA Receives $25,000 to Help Cats

By Sarah Varanini, SSPCA  |  2019-05-16

Mark M. Glickman petting an adoptable cat named Valentina at the Sacramento SPCA. She was adopted a couple of days after this photo was taken by Karen Goff, Content Marketing Coordinator for the Sacramento SPCA.

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento SPCA announced the receipt of $25,000 to help senior cats and cats needing extended medical care at the Sacramento SPCA through a single gift made to establish The Joe Willie Initiatives. But more important is the story behind this gift; a remarkable bond between a man and his special needs cat, Joe Willie, that inspired a movement.


Mark M. Glickman, a resident of Carmichael, was inspired by his cat, Joe Willie, who had significant medical needs when Mr. Glickman adopted him 29 years ago.


“In November 1990, I was on a noon-time walk in the San Francisco Financial District when I came upon a mobile adoption site”, shared Mr. Glickman. “One of the kitties was a small Tuxedo cat. He had neurological damage in his back-side, and did not walk well. I expected that he would require ongoing attention for his condition, but adopted him anyway and named him Joe Willie.”


Stiff legs were just the first of Joe Willie’s challenges. He had serious gastro-intestinal issues and eventually lost his ability to walk. Later, he suffered other significant medical conditions. Throughout all of this, Joe Willie remained the sweetest, most loving cat that Mr. Glickman had ever known.


Realizing that there were cats just like Joe Willie in need of care in Northern California shelters, in February, Mr. Glickman established The Joe Willie Initiatives, which will fund medical and placement assistance to encourage the adoption of senior cats and other cats with special needs.


“One out of every five animals that arrives at the Sacramento SPCA needs specialized veterinary care before they can be ready for placement in a new home. The percentage is even higher for senior cats,” stated Kenn Altine, Chief Executive Officer of Sacramento SPCA.


“Mark’s incredible support over the past year has helped us to spotlight and promote our senior cats, who many times are overlooked by potential adopters. Now, with this generous gift designated for medical care for cats, we will be able to save even more lives.”


Mr. Glickman’s donation is the largest donation the organization has ever received for senior kitties and those with special needs. In addition to the Sacramento SPCA, Mr. Glickman honors the memory of Joe Willie through his support of other animal welfare organizations, including Marin Humane and Field Haven Feline Center.


“All of my cats have inspired me,” said Mr. Glickman. “While I learned about cats from them, I learned about myself from Joe Willie. I want other people to adopt a cat and have that opportunity for an extraordinary connection.”


The Sacramento SPCA reports an overall increase in cat adoptions since partnering with Mr. Glickman with more than 60 adopted through the program. And the goodwill is spreading – other Sacramento SPCA supporters have also been inspired to sponsor adult and senior cat adoptions.
Mr. Glickman issued the following statement:


“Historically, cats have not been treated with the same level of respect, understanding or attention as other animals. That has not been true of the Sacramento SPCA. For the last three years the organization has been at the forefront of this issue, seeking to change those perceptions. I am hopeful that my gift will allow them to continue their work, in new and innovative ways.”


Founded in 1892, the Sacramento SPCA has been providing homeless animals with individual comfort, shelter, and love for more than 127 years. The 100% not-for-profit organization provides compassionate medical care to tens of thousands of animals annually and offers a variety of programs and services designed to keep people and pets together for life.
www.sspca.org

 

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