Contreras Family Foundation Putts for Charity in Kern County, Calif.

By Emily Parmigiani

Kern County, CALIF – On Saturday, May 7, 2022, family members and colleagues of The Contreras Family Foundation are looking forward to a morning and afternoon in the sun playing on their favorite golf course.

The Contreras Family Foundation is hosting its annual funraiser at the Kern River Golf Course in Kern County, Calif. during an event that is part team-building and part-fundraiser.

The Contreras Family Foundation was founded in 1987 and it awards scholarships yearly to high school and college students who attend school in Kern County, which sits in the southern part of the Central Valley in California.

According to their public service announcements, the non-profit also holds non-perishable food and clothing drives for those in need of these items and its volunteers have participated in Adopt-A-Highway clean-ups.

Family member of employees of the foundation Mr. Palomino describes the event as “great fun.” He enjoys that his family is part of “giving back to the community.”

Any student is eligible to apply for scholarships who have a financial need. If you’d like to donate, please click through to their website:

The weather promises to be sunny and in the 60s and 70s tomorrow morning. With such a dedicated group of individuals working to support their community, this fundraiser is sure to be a hole-in-one.


Cooling Shelters Available for Pacific Northwest Residents

Thank you Willamette Week for sharing this information about ‘cooling shelters’ with residents of Multnomah County, Ore., who are experiencing the effects of heat from triple digit temperatures.

Un-Word of the Week: Destinary

As I sipped my coffee this morning, I realized each of us has a destiny. We’ve all been through a lot, especially during the pandemic. Here’s my un-word of the week:

DESTINARY: Destiny + ordinary. Our lives and destiny should be anything but ordinary.

Calif. Non-Profit Drivers for Survivors to Host Virtual Sixth Annual Black and White Ball

-Emily Parmigiani

Drivers for Survivors, a non-profit in Fremont, Calif. is hosting its Sixth Annual Black and White Ball virtually this year on Aug. 14, 2020.

Executive Director Sherry Higgs has the details in her press release:

Drivers For Survivors: Sixth Annual Black and White Ball

Mission Statement:  Drivers For Survivors is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charitable organization that provides free transportation service and supportive companionship for ambulatory cancer patients, from suspicious findings through completion of treatments.

This service is provided for ambulatory cancer patients living in South, Central and East Alameda County. DFS provides not only transportation, but also the companionship element that presents essential support, stress relief and therapeutic presence to allow cancer patients to focus on their health and required treatments. Since its founding in 2012, DFS had expanded its service areas to central and east Alameda county, has provided over 21,000 rides for over 600 ambulatory cancer patients.

Friday, August 14th, 2020 

virtual event time: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. VIP Pre-event 5:00 – 5:45 PM  (VIP cost and details will be announced later  at

Free Event Registration.

Sponsorship opportunities, live/silent auction donations welcome.

This year’s signature fundraiser commemorates our 7-year anniversary serving the community!

Join our mailing list for more updates on events and future news!

What you can expect:

Drivers For Survivors (DFS) founder Sherry Higgs, and the D.F.S. board are honored to invite the media to our annual fundraising gala: Sixth Annual Black and White Ball. This event will be held on Friday 6 p.m., August 14th 2020 as a virtual event. The gala registration is free this year.  We will also be adding, for an additional purchase, a very special VIP experience at 5:00 PM prior to event. Our VIP reception will feature a special performance from our guest artists and a chance to mingle (virtually!) with fellow event attendees. To register or learn more about the VIP experience, visit

Time magazine 2016 TIME100 honoree and internationally renowned breast cancer oncologist Dr. Laura Esserman, MD, MBA, Director of Carol Buck Breast Care Center at University of California San Francisco will be returning as our keynote speaker! Our entertainment for the night will be performed by Marcie Dodd, Carol Weiss and Fay DeWitt. Marcie Dodd is an American stage performer, known for starring as Elphaba in the Broadway, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and both national tour productions of Wicked. Carol Weiss is an accomplished musical director, teacher, pianist and composer. She was music director for the ABC TV series General Hospital. Fay DeWitt created the starring role of Kay Goodman in the highly acclaimed, “Nite Club Confidential,” in New York and Los Angeles. By her 18th birthday Fay DeWitt had done three Broadway shows: “Pardon Our French,” “Alive And Kicking,” and “Flahooley!”

Pre-show musical entertainment will be provided by one of our favorites, the Newark Saxophone Quartet. David Smith, Mayor Emeritus of City of Newark, California will be our emcee.

Included in our program, D.F.S. proudly will pay tribute to our esteemed honorees:  Dr. Richard Godfrey, MD and Alameda County Supervisor, Scott Haggerty. There will also be special recognitions awarded to Jan Vincent & Richard Ahlbrandt, Barbara O’Leary, and Deasy Lai for their outstanding contributions to DFS.

We are thankful for our growing list of sponsors: Washington Hospital Healthcare System, Fremont Bank, Fidelity Insurance Service, F.H Dailey Chevrolet, Kaiser Permanente, Stanford Health Care, Republic Services, Horizon Financial Associates, Genentech, Safeway Foundation, Morgan Stanley/Richard Huber Financial Advisor, Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle, Coach George Wang, Union Bank, Newark Rotary Club and Autopia.

Event registration and VIP tickets are available at: For more information, contact  or (510) 369-5770. Visit, follow, and like our Facebook event page and learn more about the event.

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, DFS is presently facing a major financial challenge which has thwarted our growth compounded by the post poning of our in-person signature gala from April 18th to virtual on August 14th. This fundraiser will greatly help us get our footing back. To donate/contribute or learn more about our program, visit

Feel free to reach out with additional questions.

Hispanic Chamber of E-Commerce Hosting Free Webinar Tomorrow

Courtesy of Hispanic Chamber of E-Commerce:

WEBINAR: Pandemic’s Box: Now that we’re working remote(ly), where do we go from here?


Where are we now? Needs in the Current State

– Communication
– Structure and Process
– Compassion

Where Do We Go From Here? Most Discussed Changes in the Future State

– Flexible Future
– Work/Life Balance
– Travel and Real Estate
– HR Practices
– Employee Expectations
– Sustainability
– Specific recommendations to prepare for work after COVID19


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FREMONT, CALIF – Office Space Available for Immediate Lease at Drivers for Survivors, Inc.

Courtesy of Executive Director Sherry Higgs:


Dear Drivers For Survivors Supporters,

As we continue to run efficiently and begin steps to make adjustments to our organization as a result of not having received the federal 5310 Grant, we are looking to sublease office space in our Fremont office with immediate availability.

Located less than one mile from the heart of Fremont’s Centerville District, we have two separate offices available for sublease. One unit features 333 square feet of workspace, while the other features 409 square feet of working space.

Both units can be combined via single connecting door, or left separate. Each unit has a private entrance. Ideal use for [the] space is tax preparation, legal work, or insurance agencies. Each unit is equipped with a reception area leading into an office. Tenants have access to [the] first floor conference room for no charge.

If you are interested in inquiring more, please contact us at or


Drivers For Survivors

39270 Paseo Padre Pkwy #355

Fremont, CA 94538


An Intriguing Look at Corona Virus

Dear West Coast Readers:

Here is a funny, in an ironic-sort-of-way, look at the Corona virus a graphic designer colleague of mine created.

I Had The Coronavirus

It would be great if governors would encourage their constituents to practice normal hygenic protocol, rather than urge them to panic. The spreading of germs can be catastrophic, but unfortunately a recession is starting. There is a happy medium that can be practiced in place of this full-fledged panic.

What about all of the people who die of the flu otherwise? What about all of the people who continue to sneeze into the air and not cover their mouths with their shoulders? Do they care? What about all of the people who take public transit to and from work? I am always cautious of germs (hand sanitizer, part of one!), but I think a national dialogue should occur to find the balance between panic and better health practices.

When Calif. Governor Newsom encouraged seniors to remain home-bound, an image conjured up in my mind of my grandfather. He’s almost 90-years-old. Is he a concert goer? No. He once was – I recall a story of when grandpa took my mom to a Led Zeppelin concert in the late 70s – but he is definitely not now. He’s very healthy, but he is staying home bound since he is elderly. This makes sense that he’s being cautious.

Oregon Goveror Kate Brown and Washington Governor Insee have similar thoughts on reducing crowds to under 250 people. This is great in theory to reduce the spread, but how does a crowd of 50 help? And a few people do have to go to work. For example, when people drive through a fast food restaurant (since many restaurants are closed to patrons for in-house dining), a contagious person still has contact with the emplyee at the drive-thru window.

While it is understandable for many governors to want to limit social gatherings and therefore have concert venues, and convention center events canceled, it may be more economically viable for these leaders to think about the economic repurcussions.

It is discouraging that our healthcare professionals are denying access to their offices. What if a kid is sick with a stomach ache or broke his leg? I completely understand that health care professionals are under duress and have a limited number of kits in which to test people for the virus, and they are our wonderful hygenic heros, but what able the general population who need check ups? Or physical therapy? Or knee surgery?

What is great about this pandemic is that is should and is enouraging all of us to seek ways in which to think differently. I urge you all to contact our city and state governments with thoughtful approaches.



Fremont, Calif – Drivers For Survivors is pleased to announce it has received a $2,000 grant from Share the Spirit East Bay, a program of the Bay Area News Group – East Bay Times, administered by the Contra Costa Crisis Center. These funds will support the Drivers For Survivors volunteer companion driver program.

Drivers For Survivors (DFS) provides a volunteer driver program that addresses a door-through-door service for ambulatory clients who are diagnosed, or have suspicious findings, with cancer. We provide
not only transportation, but also the companionship element that presents essential support, stress relief and therapeutic presence to allow cancer patients to focus on their health and required treatments.

The funds will be used for Drivers For Survivors’ 7th Annual Volunteer Training and Appreciation Luncheon on February 7, 2020, [at] Massimo’s [Italian restaurant in] Fremont. Our volunteers are the most important element in providing service for cancer patients in need.

Share the Spirit awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process, and each year several awardees are featured in stories in the East Bay Times.

First Book Portland to Host Annual Fundraiser ‘Breweries for Books’

Come to Migration Brewery on July 17th in Portland. Entry is free!  From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be games for the kiddies, beer for the adults; trivia from ShanRock’s Triviology to play…

And you can purchase the children’s books of the local authors who will be inside, creating crafts with kids; You can also enter a raffle and win a prize!

50 percent of trivia proceeds from the evening will go to First Book Portland, and 10 percent from Migration Brewing will be donated to boot. So come on by, and get some awesome loot!

First Book Portland is an amazing non-profit and each year it hosts its annual fundraiser called Breweries for Books at Migration Brewing. Its mission is to distrubute free and low-cost books to children.

According to their press release, local children’s authors Brian W. Parker and Josie A. Parker will be leading craft activities for children. Signed copies of their books will be available to purchase on site as well.