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The Rialto “Drop In” Jazz Festival Review

Mayor Robertson with Shelia E/Photo Courtesy of Lea Michelle Cash

Mayor Robertson with Shelia E/Photo Courtesy of Lea Michelle Cash

By Anthony Garcia

Arriving at Frisbie Park, the security at the main gate was helpful, courteous, well organized and especially friendly. The City of Rialto Police Department was helpful, professional as was the City of Rialto Fire Department. Overall, the staff and affiliations of the Rialto Jazz Festival were friendly which made us feel safe and comfortable. Thank you all so very much. Our hats go off to you!

The concert layout was impressive catering to the festival goers. No matter where you put your lawn chair, you had a great view of the stage. The sound system was incredible out front. The audience was great and ready for a Festive Day. Walking through the crowd I bumped into lifelong residents of the City of Rialto, Gabby and Stella Acevedo, enjoying the festival and mentioned that the Festival put the City of Rialto on the map and would like to see more of it.

Deborah Robertson and Colton Mayor Richard Delarosa

Deborah Robertson and Colton Mayor Richard Delarosa

Approaching the entertainment tent, Mayor of Rialto, Deborah Robertson Executive Director of the Festival introduced herself. We had a great conversation. She is a brilliant person, women of vision with a positive outlook of life.

The Event Director George Harris, Executive Director Deborah Robertson, and Assistant Director Sheree Lewis, all should be proud of the Festival. It was a reality and a success on their input of this event. They were all there for the entire festival with the best of us in the rain at the Rialto “Drop In” Jazz Festival.

Tommy Davidson (center) on stage along with Mayor Deborah Robertson (right)

Tommy Davidson (center) on stage along with Mayor Deborah Robertson (right)

 

Run For Hope Raises Over $300k at Annual Event

Children raise signs at the Run for Hope fundraiser for the Best Dollars Raised. Photo by Vivien

Children raise signs at the Run for Hope fundraiser for the Best Dollars Raised. Photo by Vivien

LOS ANGELES, CA- OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center held its sixth annual ‘Run For Hope 5k Festival’, on Saturday, April 25. OUR House ambassador Melissa Rivers presented awards to the largest and most successful teams.

The event took place at the West Los Angeles Civic Center and was a day dedicated to celebrating and honoring the memory of loved ones who have died. This year’s presenting sponsors were The Hollander Family and Best Friends Animal Society. The Run for Hope, deeply rooted in the community, drew close to 1, 600 participants who raised over $370,000 to provide grief support directly to adults and children. Participants wore their personalized t- shirts with their loved ones’ photos commemorating and celebrating their memories.

All participants gathered at the stage following the In-Memory Walk and the 5K Run/Walk with a 
closing ceremony and festival, which included live music by DJ Sherpa and the School of Rock, a kids fun zone and expo.  Melissa Rivers presented awards to the largest and most successful teams, including the Largest Team: Team Tia’s Hope along with the four Top Fundraisers: Team Nico and Steven who raised $134,000; Team #Matthew who raised $10,000; Team Debbie Cohen in memory of Shirley Levine who raised $8,100; and Team Anne’s Angels who raised $7,300.

 

Time for Change Foundation’s Kim Carter to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Kim Carter

Kim Carter

SAN BERNARDINO, CA – At the Young Visionaries Iron Sharpens Iron Gala this Friday night at The Hotel San Bernardino, Time for Change Foundation Executive Director Kim Carter will be honored with the Dr. Margaret Hill “Lifetime Achievement Award” for her work not only as a powerful voice for women who bear the scars of poverty, homelessness and incarceration for her result driven efforts to empower disenfranchised communities.

“I am humbled and honored” Ms. Carter said when she was informed that she would be recognized  for her work.  Kim Carter started Time for Change Foundation in her garage as a one women organization in 2002 with one shelter with 6 beds.  Today, Time for Change Foundation has a staff of 11, a total housing capacity of 114 annually along with evidence-based programs and supportive services that provide communities with the tools to recover from homelessness, drug addiction, mental and physical abuse, family separation and the effects of incarceration.

In addition to being the national model for housing and supportive services, Time for Change Foundation is also a low income housing developer, has a strong advocacy arm and provides evidence-based training to governmental and non-governmental agencies and organizations through its Center for Advocacy and Leadership Training (CALT).

For more information, call 909-886-2994 or visit us on the web at www.Timeforchangefoundation.org.