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Supporting Chelsea Davis-Miss California USA


Chelsea Davis, 23, is a native from San Bernardino California. In May of 2013, she obtained her Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA. She is currently attending the University of Southern California in pursuit of her Master’s in Social Work. In addition, she has been selected to represent the city of San Bernardino in the upcoming Miss California USA State Pageant on December 4, 2016 in Long Beach, CA.

She wants to introduce her self to the each reader and resident of the City as a community leader. Davis is currently working to implement a mentorship and community development program called “Limitless Heights” under Applied Principles for Service Non-Profit Organization in the city of San Bernardino. Her main objective is to begin to change the culture of San Bernardino in an effort to bring about positive change in the community.

However, she needs your help. As she competes for the title of Miss California USA, Davis needs to raise a total of $1,750 by May 1,  2015. A donation in any amount would be helpful and greatly appreciated. Please visit her website below:

Click here to visit Chelsea’s support page

Inland Empire individuals and organizations to be honored at 22nd Annual Foundation Gala

LOMA LINDA, CA- The 22nd Annual Foundation Gala, “Rhapsody in Gold,” presented by Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs, benefiting Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital (LLUCH) will present three awards during the program on Thursday, March 12 honoring those individuals and organizations that give back in a special way to the communities they serve.

“There are so many wonderful people who give back to the community in very special ways,” said Jillian Payne, executive director, LLUCH Foundation. “It is a gala tradition to take the opportunity to recognize those who have gone above and beyond in their own unique ways for the kids in the Inland Empire.”

The Shirley N. Pettis Award recognizes lifelong dedication and distinguished service by an organization to children. Through volunteering and community service, recipients demonstrate the desire and motivation to improve the lives of children. This year LLUCH will present the award to the Riverside Community Health Foundation, which was founded in 1977 to improve the health and well-being of its community. It has made a difference in the lives of thousands of children and youth through a number of services, and it has a longstanding commitment to its efforts in supporting programs that promote youth development.

Zareh Sarrafian, MBA, a passionate individual who has, through exemplary service, made sustained contributions benefiting children in our community and beyond, will be honored with The Gatsby Award. The award recognizes individuals who, through outstanding leadership, demonstrate a lifelong commitment to providing a beacon of hope to children and their families. Prior to his current role as CEO of Riverside County Regional Medical Center, Sarrafian played an integral role at Loma Linda University Health for 20 years, where he is perhaps best known for his leadership of LLUCH. There he helped the hospital become recognized for the quality of its services to children and their families.

Sarrafian has also served as chair of the board of the California Children’s Hospital Association and has championed children’s issues throughout the state.

Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital is honored to recognize Tony and Sandy Cappelli of Steven’s Hope for Children as recipients of the 2014 Hometown Hero Award. Named after their late son, the couple started the organization in 2002. It provides housing and other essential needs to families of seriously ill or injured children during extended treatment. Because of the dedication of the Cappellis and the services provided by their charity, the lives of thousands of children in Southern California, across the nation and around the world have been enriched.

The 22nd Annual Foundation Gala, “Rhapsody in Gold,” begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Riverside Convention Center on March 12. More information can be found on the event website,lomalindagala.org.

Supervisor Gonzales urges housing industry leaders to help keep families in their homes

Supervisor Josie Gonzales joined Chairman James Ramos and Mayor Carey Davis to deliver opening remarks for an event last Thursday hosted by HOPE NOW, a nonprofit alliance between counselors, mortgage companies, investors, and other mortgage market participants.

The event aimed to bring leaders from housing industry together to discuss how to help keep local families in their homes and avoid foreclosures.

HOPE NOW will maximize outreach efforts to homeowners in distress to help them stay in their homes and will create a unified, coordinated plan to reach and help as many homeowners as possible.

Part of that plan includes a one-day mortgage help event in San Bernardino on March 16 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Arrowhead Event Center. Visit HOPENOW.com or see flier in events column in this email for details.