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Rock N Rev Tickets Sale

The legendary Rock N’ Rev Festival takes place this summer and Godsmack’s going to be there for the party! The band will perform on August 9, at the Glencoe Campgrounds in Sturgis, SD, and for a limited time, the Godsmack.com Store is selling general admission tickets for $10 off the regular price!  

This is a members-only sale so if you’re already a Godsmack.com member, just sign into your account to purchase tickets. Still not a member? Then create an account now!

Single Day Godsmack Passes and 5-Day VIP Rock N’ Rev Festival Passes can also be purchased through the Godsmack.com Store. These include access to the VIP bars, private luxury bathrooms and more! For full details on the Rock N’ Rev passes, head over to the ticket page. As an added incentive, feel good knowing that 20% of all the ticket sales will be donated to the Haiti Relief fund.

It’s always a guaranteed good time at the Rock N’ Rev Festival and with Godsmack on the bill what more could you ask for?

SOURCE: godsmack.com

Moto Concourso

Moto Rivato presents a day of exciting two-wheeled action. Motorcycles from 1975 and earlier will be on display and for sale from vendors such Simi Honda, Simi Cycles, Kawasaki of Simi Valley and Cycle Gear. Silent auction to benefit Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and The Wheelchair Foundation. Live music by Rocking Scoundrels.

When

May 16th : 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Price: Free

Where

2969 Tapo Canyon Rd., Simi Valley, CA 93063

Hale students raise money for Haiti

Hale students raise money for Haiti. After the earthquake in Haiti, Hale Elementary students raided their piggybanks, collecting about $3,000, but that pool now has grown to a total of nearly $50,000. Parent Diana Anderson told others about the students’ fundraiser, which inspired them to donate money and materials. A matching grant of about $24,000 from the Wheelchair Foundation means more than 300 wheelchairs will go to the disabled in Haiti. If you would like to donate, the foundation will match any contribution of $75. Information: www.wheelchairfoundation.org

– Ray Parker, The Republic/azcentral.com

William Scarano 11

Jacob Boyette 11

Amanda Booth 11

Annelyse Caffrey 12

Amanda Page 10 “It feels great to donate the change lying around the house, which is what I did and got almost $57.”  “I like best that you’re helping someone out.”  “We decorated boxes for all the classes and everybody got involved, including my dad, who gave me a jar full of change.”  “I babysit a lot, so I could have bought a new necklace, but gave it to Haiti. It’s sad they have to spend their life like that.”  “To think that our change could help someone so far away from here is great.”

SOURCE: azcentral.com

Lookout Ridge exchanges "Wine for Wheels"

Gordon Holmes, owner of Lookout Ridge Winery in Glen Ellen, believes that wine can change a life.

Over 150 million children, teens and adults worldwide are in need of a wheelchair but cannot afford one. The Holmes family, owners of Lookout Ridge Winery in Glen Ellen, wants to change that statistic.

“For every bottle of Lookout Ridge current release wines and for every case of library wines, our “Wine for Wheels” program will donate a wheelchair to a needy individual,” owner Gordon Holmes said. “We believe you can buy a bottle and change a life.”

The price of a bottle of current release wine is $100 and one case of Library wines is $600.

There is also a personal reason for this crusade to give back mobility to those that have lost it because of war, disease, accident or natural disaster.  His wife, Kari, was stricken with multiple sclerosis years ago and is confined to a wheelchair.

Holmes, a self-described Wall Street capitalist, said the “Wine for Wheels” program began to germinate about three years ago. He works with the Wheelchair Foundation, which has given nearly 800,000 wheelchairs in the last 10 years. The winery places an order, the wheelchairs are made in China and distributed by non-governmental agencies. Most of the wheelchairs go out of the United States because the want is greater in places where there are no social service agencies to help.

“The need is so great,” he said. “And wine is a catalyst.”

Holmes’ approach to winemaking is a little untraditional.

“Traditional wineries have one winemaker making several different varietals,” he said looking down over his hillside vineyard of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. “I look at our winemaking like a portfolio of nine experts, each crafting their own passion into making
spectacular wine.”

He also showcases the winemaker with his or her name on the front label. Last year the winery produced 100 cases and this year Holmes plans to raise that to 800 cases.

“I’m in the business of the impossible and giving away a $100 wheelchair is impossible,” he said. “I couldn’t do it alone. My mission is to inspire others.

“We are so fortunate to live in a country with no war, no land mines to destroy lives and self reliance,” Holmes said. “We need to count our blessings.”

SOURCE: SF Examiner

Rotarians deliver wheelchairs to Bolivia

Members of Madera Sunrise Rotary and Madera Rotary clubs were joined by Rotarians from Patterson and Sonora to deliver wheelchairs to the physically disabled in Bolivia who need but cannot afford them.

Working with the Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Rotary Club, a total of 280 wheelchairs were delivered May 12-19.

Local Rotarians, under the direction of Bob Bitter, raised a total of $42,000 to purchase the shipping container of wheelchairs. The wheelchairs were delivered in cooperation with the Wheelchair Foundation, a nonprofit organization.

The Santa Cruz Rotarians, partnered with Madera’s Rotarians, worked with their local social service organizations and physicians to identify persons having a physical condition requiring a wheelchair but not the funds to pay for one. The recipients are issued a certificate and told when to arrive at a local location to receive the wheelchair.

SOURCE: Madera Tribune

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