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 www.DFSBall.org)

Free Event Registration.

Sponsorship opportunities, live/silent auction donations welcome.

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

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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 www.DFSBall.org.

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: www.DFSBall.org. For more information, contact events@driversforsurvivors.org  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 www.DriversForSurvivors.org

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?

TUESDAY, APRIL 21 AT 11:00 A.M. PST.

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

PRESENTER: JILL CHAPMAN

Jill Silman Chapman is a Senior Performance Consultant with Insperity Traditional Employment Solutions. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin, a Master’s degree in HR Management from Tarleton State University, SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications, and has 25+ years’ experience in the HR and recruiting industry.

Ms. Chapman partners with clients in order to recruit and train staff with an emphasis on productivity and performance. Through presentations, webinars and podcasts, she helps businesses find the best talent with the latest in recruitment strategy, talent attraction methods and technology. Ms. Chapman has been quoted as a business expert in such media outlets as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and CBS MarketWatch, and has worked with such clients as Marriott, Fox Sports, Monster.com and HR.com.

LINK: https://zoom.us/j/96782846695

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

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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 info@driversforsurvivors.org or sherry@driversforsurvivors.org.

 

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.

https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov40mail/

https://www.oregon.gov/gov/pages/contact.aspx

https://www.governor.wa.gov/contact/contact/contacting-governors-office

DRIVERS FOR SURVIVORS RECEIVES GRANT FROM SHARE THE SPIRIT

PRESS RELEASE COURTESY OF SHERRY HIGGS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF NON-PROFIT ‘DRIVERS FOR SURVIV0RS’ IN FREMONT, CALIF.

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. they’ll 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 perfect from Migration Brewing will be donated to boot. So come on buy, 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. And signed copies of their books will be available to purchase on site as well.

 

Drivers for Survivors Hosting its Sixth Annual Black and White Ball Next Month

FREMONT, CALIF – Drivers for Survivors is a non-profit which depends on volunteers to take cancer patients to their doctors appointments.

Starting six years ago,  this organization began hosting an annual Black and White Ball to raise money to celebrate its success, join with sponsors and cheer on volunteers and meet donors. It will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019 in Pleasanton, Calif., which is in Alameda County.

Drivers for Survivors also connects cancer patients with oncologosts and volunteers. Please fill out the form on their website if you or anyone you know would like to volunteer or can connect a patient with a doctor.

For more information on the mission statement, please visit http://driversforsurvivors.org/about-us/our-mission/.

Alameda County Non-Profit Drivers for Survivors to hold Annual Gala on Saturday, April 7 2018

Originally published on parmigianipapers.com

-By Emily Anderson

FREMONT, CALIF.  – Drivers for Survivors, a 501 c (3) non-profit located in Fremont, Calif., is holding its Fourth Annual Black and White Ball next month on Saturday, April 7th at Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton, Calif.

Like a toddler graduating from crawling to walking, Drivers for Survivors has pleasantly and professionally grown into a wonderful five-year-old non-profit which provides much needed support to cancer patients who need rides to their medical appointments who may not otherwise have a ride.

The phrase volunteer companionship is often used on the Drivers for Survivors website and in its communications with donors and the community. What Executive Director Sherry Higgs dubs as “volunteer companionship” is very important to the mission. Volunteers who drive cancer patients to their medical appointments do indeed offer social companionship.

If you’re philanthropic-minded, you can drive yourself to the Castlewood CountryClub in Pleasanton, Calif. It’s about 14 miles away from the Drivers for Survivors office. The gala will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. and any one is invited to attend. Tickets are available for purchase at this link: http://driversforsurvivors.org/2018gala/. Tickets are $100 per person or $800 per table.

According to the Drivers for Survivors press release:

“Newark Saxophone Quartet will provide the evening’s cocktail hour music, and performance from  Julie Bannerton will mark the evening of our 5-year service milestone. Drivers For Survivors will be honoring Toni E. Fogarty, Ph.D., MPH as a major contributor towards the organization’s success.

“Come join us for a festive evening of cocktails, dinner, and dancing. Your presence and support will send a powerful message towards our mission. Sponsors: Premier Nissan and Premier Subaru of Fremont, Renshaw Foundation, Davita, Inc., Kaiser Permanente, Whole Foods Market, The  Bernardin Family McDonald’s of Fremont, Dale Hardware, Dutra Enterprises, Fremont Elks Lodge #2121, Mean Well USA, Inc., Republic Services, S5 Advisory, Sisters of the Holy Family, and Horizon Financial Associates.”

Ms. Toni Fogarty is the guest of honor and she is a professor and works at Calif. State University, East Bay in the department of affairs and public administration. She is the graduate coordinator for the Master of Science Health Care Administration program offered at C.S.U. East Bay. Intrigued why she will be the honoree of the evening on April 7, she gives some insight:

“I’ve been working with Sherry and Drivers for Survivors from almost the start (of its founding) when a MS-HCA alumnus introduced me to Sherry. Sherry and I have worked closely since then to provide MS-HCA students with internship opportunities at D.F.S, which has been a ‘win’ / ‘win’ situation for D.F.S., the MS-HCA program and the community.

“Having competent interns greatly contributed to Driver’s For Survivor’s Growth and its ability to better serve the community. The students placed at D.F.S. had substantial learning opportunities in a variety of different operational areas and all of them reported that the experience at DFS was beneficial to their professional development. Of course, the overwhelming majority of Drivers for Survivors’ success can be attributed directly to Sherry’s work and the work of the volunteer drivers.

“The M.S.-H.CA. (program staff, students and I) are just glad that we could contribute to a part of that success. DFS is a valuable community resource, and I hope that we can continue our internship partnership.”

For those of you living in the Alameda County area, get ready. Mark your calendars. And drive out to dine in at the Castlewood Country Club while supporting a great cause.

A Few Oregon Restaurants To Donate a Portion of Veteran’s Day Sales to Returning Veterans Project

–By Emily Anderson

Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day, and while Oregonians will be celebrating in many ways, there are a handful of Oregon restaurants that are participating in what is known as Chow Down for Vets, a community event created by a Portland, Ore.-based non-profit called Returning Veterans Project. If anyone eats at the participating restaurants tomorrow, each restaurant will donate a portion of their days’ sales to Returning Veterans Project.


Pastini Pastaria, a popular Oregon Italian-themed restaurant chain, will be donating a portion of each sale to the Returing Veterans Project, according to their blog. Pastini Pastaria will “also be offering a free entree to every current service member and veteran on Veteran’s Day along with a big ‘thank you!’ from all of us at Pastini.” According to their website, in order to receive a free entree, any veteran or current service member will simply have to let his or her server know. Other participating eateries are On Deck Sports Bar and Grill (located in downtown Portland), 12 Bridge Ciderworks in Oregon City, and The Pit Stop Sports Bar andd BBQ Grill in Beaverton.


The mission of Returning Veterans Project is to provide free health services for veterans who have served in the military after Sept. 11, 2001 and their families who live in Oregon and Southwest Washington state. According to their website, “Returning Veterans Project fulfills its mission by recruiting, training and supporting a volunteer healthcare network of more than 335 licensed independent mental health and somatic practitioners, healthcare clinic providers and equine therapy projects. To become an R.V.P. provider, each practitioner must be licensed in good standing, complete our application / orientation process and agree to deliver only pro bono mental health and somatic services (massage, acupuncture, chiropractic and naturopathic care and more) to post-9/11 war zone veterans, service members and their families throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.”


Mike McCarrel is the director of operations at Returning Veterans Project. When asked about what he enjoys most about working here, he says that “R.V.P. [provides] the opportunity to connect the military community to the civilian community. Our whole model is based on asking volunteer professionals, the majority of which are not veterans, to volunteer a slot of their [health] practice to a post 9/11 veteran or a family member. This creates a space not only to provide needed services to veterans and their families, it also creates an avenue for people from very different backgrounds to connect and support each other in their local communities.”

He’s not sure yet if he can make it to Pastini Pastaria, but he will try. He also may grab a beer from On Deck Sports Bar and Grill, a new partner that joined forces with his organization last year. Jeff, of 12Bridge Ciderworks & Taproom, will donate 15 percent of all cider sales to the Returning Veterans Project. Jeff served as a Marine Corps reservist for six years.


“I have a special place in my heart for those who serve in combat” he said. “They need all the help we can provide.”


Veteran’s Day became a legal holiday declared by the U.S. government on May 13, 1938, but the idea behind honoring war heroes started on November 11, 1918. The World War 1 armistice (temporary halting of fighting) was on November 11, 1918 and lasted about seven months before the war officially ended. In November of 1919, President Woodrow Wilson declared Armistice Day as a day to celebrate and honor those who served in the war. Throughout time, Veteran’s Day (when it became a legal holiday) became a way of the U.S. government and fellow Americans to recognize those who served in both world wars and then, as of June 1954, the government voted to change the phrase from Armistice Day to Veteran’s Day as a way to honor those who served in the Korean war. Since then, Veteran’s Day is a way to honor all of those who served in any U.S. war.


So come down, chow down and know that by simply eating a meal, you are helping a worthy non-profit provide free health care services to worthy veterans.