Central Valley October 2018

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believeitj9 Four community leaders recognized at the FCOE Honors Gala The Board of Directors of The Foundation@ FCOE and Fresno County Superintendent of Schools Jim Yovino are pleased to announce the names of the 2018 honorees recognized at the FCOE Honors Gala on Saturday, Sept. 15 at Fresno City College for their dedication to advancing education and helping students realize their academic potential. The 2018 honorees are: Academics

Dr. Sudarshan Kapoor, community peace leader Agriculture

Will Scott Jr., President of the African Amer­ ican Farmers of California Arts

Dan Pessano, founder ofThe Good Company Players Athletics

Diane Carbray, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fresno County Presenting sponsors include the Educational Employees Credit Union, Community Medical Centers and Chevron; as well as California Slate University, Fresno; Lance-Kashian & Company; Meyers Farms FamilyTrust; the Office of the President at Fresno City College; Ray Morgan Company; SIM-PBK Architects; Wells Fargo and 26 other local businesses and individuals.

"In addition to honor­ ing these pillars in our community, the FCOE Honors Gala is an excel­ lent way to support our county's greatest asset 6 Dr. Sudarshan our students:' said Julie Kapoor DeBenedetto, FCOE Foundation Board Presi­ dent. In 2009, the Office of the Fresno County Super­ intendent of Schools established The Founda­ tion@ FCOE, a nonprofit fundraising arm, to assist in supporting student and school needs throughout Fresno County. The Foundation is a 501 (c)(3), tax-exempt, public charity formed to encourage increased community t, Dan Pessano involvement and in­ vesnnent in education. The mission of the Foun­ dation is to support student development through community investment in support of excellence, access and 6 Diane Carbray innovation in the areas of academics, agriculture, the arts and athletics, the four As.

Hello, tarantulas! With Ocwber on the horizon, we recommend befriending tarantulas - natives to the rocky hillsides of the Sierra Nevada foothills - be­ cause they will be emerging from their burrows within two months. But don't fret, tarantulas don't want to hurt you - they want to mate.The eight-legged creatures are harmless. They also play a vital role in the local ecosystem by eating insects that can destroy crops. To educate the community about the impor­ tance of tarantulas, the Tarantula Awareness Festival is returning to the at the Coarsegold Historic Village along Highway 41. The festival is held on the Saturday before Halloween, Saturday, Oct. 28, giving you a chance to engage in traditional (and free!)

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activities and contests. Of course, the hairy arachnids will make an appearance. Details: www.coarsegoldhistoricvillage.com

The magic of CampKesem Words can't describe the feeling of hearing your parent has been diagnosed with cancer. The ache in your heart and the pain in your soul is indescribable. But you aren't alone: Camp Kesem has your back. The nationwide organization, spearheaded by college students, gives children (ages 6 to 18) a place of comfort and support during and after their parent's battle with cancer. Since being founded about 16 years ago at Stanford University, Camp Kesem has provided love and support to thousands of children throughout the United States - as far as New York, South Carolina and Florida - by offering free, week-long camps. (Fun fact: kesem means "magic" in Hebrew). Currently, there are 13 chapters in California - including Camp Kesem at Fresno State. In 2015, Camp Kesem at Fresno State launched by hosting 26 campers at Camp Wawona in Yose­ mite National Park. For the summer 2018 session, 57 children to were welcomed at Camp Pacifica in Ahwahnee. Camp Kesem at Fresno State is open to chil­ dren who live between Bakersfield and Merced, but extends an invitation as far as Los Angeles and the Bay Area. The best part? Camp Kesem is free! Camp Kesem is funded by grants, donations and fundraisers. For Camp Kesem at Fresno State, Make the Magic was held at Fort Wash­ ington County Club in April - raising more than $26,000. Applications for the summer 2019 session will be accepted in January. Details: www.campkesem.org/fresnostate

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