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VOL. 39 | ISSUE 11 | december 2018

Modesto Institute Of Technology Fine Dining At Fuzio’s Annual Gala Sponsorship Available

Celebrating The Traditions OF The Season

Happy Holidays There’s no better time than the holidays to extend cheer to our loyal customers and friends.

As the temperatures dip, the leaves drop, and snow dusts the mountaintops, families and friends gather to celebrate traditions. Good cheer and a sense of wonder is in the air. During this season we are especially grateful for the relationships we enjoy in the communities we have the pleasure of serving. From the entire Bank of Stockton family, we wish you the Happiest Holidays.

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Mission Statement

The Modesto Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to serving the greater Modesto Area, regional businesses and community prosperity through advocacy, collaboration, access to leaders, economic development, connectivity and business education.

december 2018 | CONTENTS

Executive Committee Chairman

Steven Rank, Rank Investigations and Protection, Inc.


Thomas Reeves, City of Modesto

Past Chairman

Eric Tobias, F&M Bank

Vice Chairman, External Operations Stephen Madison, STANCO

Vice Chairman, Internal Operations

Patricia Gillum, Patricia A. Gillum,CPA


Annie Amies, Vintage Faire Mall Elliot Begoun, The Intertwine Group Brad Blakeley, Edward Jones Investments Paul Holshouser, Flowers Baking Co. of Modesto Michael Howell, Blom & Associates Warren Kirk, Doctors Medical Center Loren Kuntz, Atherton & Associates Naomi Layland, Huff Construction Co, Inc. Craig Lewis, Lewis Capital Advisors DeSha McLeod, Community Hospice Inc. Michael Moradian, Peace of Mind Pest Control & Home Inspections Kathy Monday, Damrell, Nelson, Shrimp, Pallios, Pacher & Silva and Squeeze In Tom Nielsen, Individual Member Peggy O’Donnell, Mid-Valley Promotion Dillon Olvera, Beard Land & Investment Co. Kristin Reza, Bank of Stockton Lucy Virgen, Bank of the West Pete Zahos, Sysco Central California, Inc.

Modesto Institute of Technology Message from the CEO


Chamber Calendar


Community Hospice



Keith Boggs, Stanislaus County Chief Executive Office George Boodrookas, Modesto Junior College Tim Harms, Leadership Modesto Joe Lopez, City of Modesto David White, Opportunity Stanislaus Melissa Williams, Modesto Irrigation District Cecil Russell, President/CEO Modesto Chamber of Commerce

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People on the Move




New Members



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Green Team

President's Club

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Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in

this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Modesto Chamber of Commerce.


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Staff: Staff Accountant, Rebecca “Becky” Taber-Smith Events Coordinator, Trish Christensen Communications & Marketing, Jennifer Konradi

Ribbon Cuttings

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Message from the CEO By Cecil Russell, Chamber President and CEO

Message from the CEO / CHAIRMAN of THE BOARD

It’s hard to believe that 2018 is coming to an end. Your Modesto Chamber has experienced many positive changes during this past year. We have new staff members that have assumed key roles starting with Rebecca ‘Becky’ Taber-Smith that joined us as the Staff Accountant and has transitioned to full time Office Manager while maintaining her role as Staff Accountant. Jennifer Konradi joined us mid-year as our Marketing and Communications Director; she has responsibilities for our Progress magazine, our website and all our social media. Trish Christensen joined us mid-year as our Event Coordinator. These changes in personnel have brought more productivity and consistency to the Chamber with the goal of serving our membership at a higher level. We also changed publisher of our Progress magazine, increasing our page count from 20 pages to 32 pages, helping us communicate more articles highlighting our businesses with a special emphasis on restaurants. We also published a printed directory and distributed 10,000 copies to hospitality and businesses.


The cover story this month focuses on a local family owned company that is celebrating its 30th anniversary. I was invited to their celebration Friday, November 16. This story is about two businessmen who left their executive level jobs and decided that they wanted to have their own company and locate it in Modesto. Mike McNulty and Roy Atkins form the business, Sierra Pacific Warehouse and Distributing. They grew the company to over 150 employees. Under the guidance of Chris Murphy, son-in -aw of Mike McNulty, the company is very involved in supporting numerous activities in Modesto that help showcase our community. Congratulations on 30 years of business and thank you and your company for being good corporate citizens. Our Leadership Modesto Class continues to educate and inform. Your Modesto Chamber has sponsored these annual classes for 35 years. Thanks to the steering committees that have given their time and expertise, each year continues to turn out the “Best Class” ever. This last year’s class raised over $80,000 to replace playground equipment at Graceada Park.

Attended meeting 30th anniversary celebration of Sierra Pacific

Attended City Council Meetings, Stanislaus County Supervisors Meetings

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We are very proud of our Leadership Program and give thanks to not only the founders, but the continuing commitment of the program directors. We congratulate the winners of our local political races Jeff Dirkse Stanislaus County Sheriff, Birgit Fladager Stanislaus County District Attorney, Terry Withrow Stanislaus County Supervisor District 3, Tom Berryhill Stanislaus County Supervisor District 4, Stanislaus County Superintendent of Schools Scott Kuykendall, Heath Flora State Assembly District 12, Adam Gray State Assembly District 21. We also congratulate Stanislaus County Superintendent of Schools Tom Changnon on his retirement and his board naming the former Modesto Bee building, Tom Changnon Education Center, in his honor. Tom was also honored in January at the Modesto Chamber’s annual award event as Citizen of the Year with its lifetime achievement award. Tom, we wish you a welldeserved retirement. Speaking of the Modesto Chamber’s annual Members Choice awards, it is time to turn in your nominations for this year’s awards! Please send your nominations to the Chamber before the end of the 2018 year. Our printed directory for 2019 will be out in January, make sure your membership is up to date and if you know businesses that are not members of the Chamber, you might suggest that they join before the end of the year, so they will be included in the 2019 directory. The directories will be distributed in January to over 10,000 locations. We had the pleasure of cutting the ribbon for the official opening of Modesto on Ice on Saturday, November 17. They bring great family friendly entertainment to Modesto that will continue until January 21, 2019. A safe and happy place to make additional family traditions. You will not want to miss out on the fun! The Modesto Chamber wishes you a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy and prosperous New Year!

Stanislaus Green Team Presentations by Brian Fiscalini and MID

Attended Stanislaus County Workforce Development Board Meeting

Attended Assemblyman Heath Flora’s Health Awareness Roundtable

Attended and was a bell ringer for the Salvation Army’s Kettle Kick Off

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CHAMBER CALENDAR december ribbon cutting 4 BNI- Modesto Founders

january office closed 1 for the holiday

8:00 A.M.


ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Committee Meeting Modesto Chamber of Commerce** 7:30 A.M.


Business Before Hours 7:30 A.M.


business before hours Bank of the West & IJ Larsen Pumps 7:30 A.M.



ribbon cutting Audi Modesto 4:00 P.M.

awards 105th Annual Members' Choice Awards Gala


Business Before Hours Vintage Faire Mall 7:30 A.M.


ribbon cutting Art Time and Sip Wine 5:00 P.M.


1st of January Office Closed for Holiday

**The Modesto Chamber of Commerce is located at 1114 J St., Modesto


**The Modesto Chamber of Commerce is located at 1114 J St., Modesto

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Business before Hours Vintage Faire Mall 7:30 PM


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**The Modesto Chamber of Commerce is located at 1114 J St., Modesto


Business before Hours 7:30 a.m.




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MISSION STATEMENT: The Modesto Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to serving the greater Modesto Area, regional businesses and community prosperity through advocacy, collaboration, access to leaders, To execute our adopted mission we have connectivity developedand anbusiness acronym that helps keep us focused. economic development, education.

That acronym is “CARES: Community, Advocacy, Relationships, Education and Service.” To execute our adopted mission we have developed an acronym that helps keep us focused. That acronym is “CARES: Community, Advocacy, Relationships, Education and Service.”

COMMUNITY At its heart the Modesto Chamber is a community of likeminded business owners who share the vision for enjoying a thriving economy and creating and maintaining our community as a vibrant place to live, work and play. The Modesto Chamber is the go-to resource and facilitator of ideas and communication for nonprofits, governmental agencies, and community leaders. More than just a business club, the Modesto Chamber strives to affect its environment for positive transformation by supporting change agents in the community.

EDUCATION The Chamber serves the education community by hosting the annual State of Business and Education event, by fund-raising for local students at the Ag Aware and Harvest Luncheon annual series, and partnering with local schools and colleges to train and educate young men and women, all in keeping with our pledge to help provide a ready workforce to serve local employers. Additionally, the Chamber educates its members on practical solutions and best practices through its Progress Magazine articles, monthly Chamber University and Seeds of Success speaker series, workshops and seminars, monthly committee meetings, and SCORE counseling.

ADVOCACY Chamber Staff, Board of Directors and many of our topical committees, such as Economic Development and Government Relations, are engaged and proactively representing our members by addressing business initiatives, addressing issues in our community and working to relieve the regulatory burdens businesses endure due to local and state governments. The Modesto Chamber gets results, as shown by recent victories in forming more rational ADA legislation, defeating a no-growth measure, electing business friendly candidates, working alongside others to pass Measure L, a local self-help transportation measure, and championing for more water for our agribusiness, industry and citizens. By working together, our members are stronger together than they could ever be on their own.


The Modesto Chamber specializes in building relationships among business and serving as the nexus to businesses, nonprofit organizations, and governmental agencies. We host monthly networking events, annual special events, an annual trade show, and our long-running Gala. Members also may serve on committees or go through the Leadership Modesto program where they will build longterm relationships with key leaders in the business world and local community.


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SERVICE The Chamber believes in service to the community and to its members. The Chamber Board and staff are active on many nonprofit and government committees, donating their business expertise, time and resources. The Chamber also serves its individual members by hosting ribbon cuttings which introduce a new business to the community, valuable and cost effective (free) marketing opportunities, exposure to social media, workshops and training for our business partners and their associates, and other free and discounted resources.

C - Community A - Advocacy R - Relationships E - Education S - Service

Modesto Chamber of Commerce 105th Annual Gala & 2018 Members Choice Awards January 26, 2019, 6:00 P.M. – 9:30 P.M. Gallo Center for the Arts Presenting Sponsor       

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Recognition on Chamber website Recognition, with link to business website, on Chamber Social Media Preferred Seating for 6 in the Mary Stuart Rogers Theater Name Listed in Commemorative Program Recognition in Progress Magazine

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Recognition on Chamber Social Media Reserved Seating for 4 in the Mary Stuart Rogers Theater Name Listed in Commemorative Program Recognition in Progress Magazine

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Reserved seating for 2 in the Mary Stuart Rogers Theater Name listed in Commemorative Program Recognition in Progress Magazine

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Exclusive “presented” by status Opportunity to Speak on Stage Recognition on Chamber website Recognition, with logo & link to business website, on Chamber Social Media Premier Seating for 10 in the Mary Stuart Rogers Theater Name Listed in Commemorative Program Recognition in Progress Magazine


Reserved seating for 1 in the Mary Stuart Rogers Theater Name listed in Commemorative Program Recognition in Progress Magazine

Individual Ticket $100

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Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group Celebrates 30 Years Of Logistics Excellence

By: Chris Murphy (Edited by Jennifer Konradi, marketing and communications director) As the Modesto Chamber of Commerce has always advocated, Modesto Means Business. This means our locally owned companies are some of our strongest community advocates and more dollars stay local. Modesto is fortunate to have companies, both small and large that play a role in the global business that is centered here in the Modesto area. Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group, incorporated in 1988 by industry veterans Mike McNulty and Roy Atkins, Sierra Pacific has grown over the last three decades, servicing the leading food companies in the world.


The company, family owned and operated since 1988, has grown from a single dry warehouse in Modesto and one frozen warehouse in Patterson to owning and operating over 1.2 million square feet. Over 140 people are employed over three campuses in Modesto, Patterson and Stockton. This awardwinning company is so very proud to celebrate 30 years as a leader in the logistics industry. Sierra Pacific has grown by serving the best companies in the food industry and by being a leader in food safety, technology, and shipping performance, for which they have received many national and local awards in including Gold Awards from Sysco and Member of the Year from the American Frozen Foods Industry. Technology is so important in the logistics industry and Sierra Pacific was an early Electronic Data Interchange partner and assisted many global companies in their SAP conversions and their facilities are all managed by RF order picking for accuracy and real time data and now offering full API connections for e-commerce. In 2014, Sierra Pacific took the early steps to reach global food safety excellence by being GFSI audited earning top scores. This commitment to a complete program of friendly customer


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service, backed up by best in class food safety, makes Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group a valuable and reliable logistics partner. In 2017, Sierra Pacific embarked on a new chapter and began providing DtoC (direct to consumer) fulfillment services by developing a dedicated facility to operate Cal-E Fulfillment, led by CTO Matthew Burke, to serve the fast-growing home delivery segment in all temperatures.

Most importantly, the Sierra Pacific specialty is its people and their teamwork. Chris Murphy, Sierra Pacific’s CEO explained, “It is so exciting to be able to compete in this challenging industry and it is very special that we are celebrating 30 years. It has been a long and amazing road since the day Mike McNulty and Roy Atkins founded our company. Our team at SPWG is amazing and is our best asset and our CFO, Michelle VanArtsdalen has led us with smart financial management. I thank them all for their dedication to our mission; to make our customers successful by providing professional, superior quality, friendly, dedicated, accurate, safe and efficient warehousing and logistics services.” Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group has been active in the Modesto Chamber of Commerce and was awarded the Chamber Member of the Year in 2016. Chris Murphy has served on the Info-Tech, Education and Economic Development and Restore

the Arch committees. This company truly believes in giving back to the community and being involved, helping create ModestoView Magazine, Modesto Graffiti USA, the Modesto Historic Cruise Route, May the 4th Celebration and the Modesto Area Music Association as well as hosting an annual fundraiser that has raised nearly $450,000 for local community charities. Looking forward, Sierra Pacific intends to continue with calculated and sustainable growth with a strong commitment to community service and corporate responsibility. The Modesto Chamber of Commerce is proud to work with local companies that believe that good business practices include civic involvement and teamwork to build a strong economy and a city that means business. To learn more about Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group:


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BUSINESS BEFORE HOURS Please Join us for Business Before Hours! Date: December 6th, 2018 Time: 7:30AM Location: 901 H Street, Modesto CA

Bank of the West & I.J. Larsen Pumps ask that you bring new, unwrapped toys or books for boys and girls of all ages. The Salvation Army will be on hand to collect our items. Please purchase LOCALLY as these will be gifted LOCALLY! Come ready to enjoy our tamale breakfast. Bring your business cards to be entered into a drawing!

Are you interested in hosting a Business BEFORE Hours or Business After Hours in 2019? “Our main goal is to provide good service and quality products. We have a small staff of around 30 and a low turnaround.� Contact Events Coordinator, Trish Christensen, today! 209.577.5757 or


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Please Join us for Business Before Hours! Date: December 13th, 2018 Time: 7:30AM Location: Vintage Faire Mall, Modesto CA

Making Traditions In Downtown Modesto Modesto On Ice is here in downtown Modesto for families to enjoy! Modesto On Ice was created from the founder’s, Jerome and Andrea Murray’s, desire to provide a family-friendly venue at which the public could make lasting holiday memories while engaging in a fun, active past-time. Modesto On Ice is a popular gathering spot for birthday parties, youth group outings, field trips, company events and more. They offer ice skating, a beautiful party tent space, concessions and music. Hockey sessions are available outside of regular public times, as are skating lessons, both small group and private for skaters of all ages. Reservations can be made at modestoonice. com. Modesto On Ice hosts various themed nights throughout the season, in addition to their other events. This season’s event line-up includes Pond Hockey Sessions, Princess Themed Nights, a La Posada on Ice, Mascot Night, Adult’s Only Sip and Skate Night, New Year’s Eve Party

including a midnight balloon drop over the ice and more! Please see their website and social media pages for more information and to purchase tickets. Modesto’s only Seasonal Outdoor IceSkating Rink will be open daily now through January 21, 2019. Sessions are 90-minutes and are $12 for ages 3-12, and $15 for ages 13 and up. They also offer a family 4-pack that includes skating for (2) adults and (2) children for only $48. All admission prices include skate rental. Skaters must secure their skate rental with a credit card or form of ID. Come join Modesto On Ice for skating, delicious loaded hot cocoa, concessions, and wonderful memories!

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Squeeze In Breakfast And Lunch By: Virginia Still There may be a waiting list and you may have to ‘Squeeze In’ at the small restaurant on Floyd Avenue in Modesto but it will be worth it for a delicious breakfast, lunch or brunch. The restaurant is open from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. seven days a week offering diners some unusual options, signature dishes, and a variety of mimosas. The Modesto location is the eighth in the franchise and Kathy Monday is the newest franchisee of the small family owned franchise. There are two more locations that are getting ready to open in Los Angeles and the Bay Area, Monday noted. The original Squeeze In opened in 1974 and became a staple in Truckee. Although it was extremely small – which triggered the name –folks would squeeze in to eat their breakfast and made the restaurant a local favorite. After the Young family purchased the restaurant in 2003 they decided to open a few more in Reno, Sparks, and Redwood City. After they opened the new stores the family decided to build a franchise and had their first franchisee open in Las Vegas. There are specific requirements that each location must have and the menus are pretty much the same at all the restaurants with some occasional specials and minor differences. Monday has followed the guidelines with the orange paint going into the yellow on the walls, a gumball machine, a bike, a surfboard, and hanging jewelry but has also put a personal touch on the restaurant. The ceiling tiles were done by her family, she painted a mural on one of the walls, the surfboard was her nephew’s, and the bike was hers when she was in the seventh grade. The unique atmosphere also has a few aliens hanging around and folks can leave a message by writing on the wall. The original location in Truckee posted a green alien that the original owner’s grandfather made that were yard ornaments and a patron drew an ellipses and wrote “Best Omelettes on the Planet,” which became their tagline and mascot. As an attorney for 18 years, Monday was looking for something a little different that she could engage in and after traveling to Reno and stopping at a Squeeze In for lunch, she decided to take a chance. “Over the last five years I have been looking for something fun oriented to do and it so happened that I was traveling to Reno and I was looking for a spot for lunch on the way,” stated Monday. “I looked it up and I saw it online and thought oh that looks really cute so my family and I stopped for lunch and I saw that they were franchising.”


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Growing up in the ‘70s Monday found the restaurant to have a hippie vibe that she really loved considering that she thought of herself as a hippie kind of girl. “I thought how fun would that be to have one of these in Modesto,” added Monday. “My son Jared, he also was looking for something more stable. So I started thinking about it and everything kind of fell into place.” Open now for over a year, almost to the exact date that she walked into the Truckee location, the Squeeze In has had success in Modesto. The location was previously a Starbucks and then a coffee shop so there were a few changes to make like moving a wall, adding a door, putting a gate around the outdoor patio and putting in an entire kitchen.

“The community around here loves having it here,” said Monday. “It is very different. I hear a lot of comments that I feel like I am in Santa Cruz or I feel like I am in Berkeley. It is a very different company and they do things a little differently but I love the vibe. What I say is that I want to be the Disney of breakfast.” The Squeeze In offers over 60 different types of omelettes like the Racy Tracy stuffed with mushrooms with Monterey Jack cheese and bacon topped with avocado. Honoring Chef Bobby Flay is the Spanish Flay with red bell peppers and potatoes sautéed with smoked paprika in butter folded with Monterey Jack cheese into parsley seasoned eggs. For something unusual the Zweifel may be just the thing to order that has peanut butter, apples and bananas sautéed in butter and honey folded into an omelette. The Hangover Helper may hit the taste buds just right with ham, bacon, sausage, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese. The sweet, rich, Jack Johnson Banana Walnut Pancakes goes great with a cup of coffee. The fluffy buttermilk pancakes that take up the entire plate have just the right combination of flavors that blend with the walnuts in the batter topped with bananas sautéed in butter and honey. Another sweet yet salty option could be the Belgium dark chocolate dipped bacon that was cooked up crispy and cooled served with some whipped cream and fresh fruit. They offer a variety of options for lunch including soups, salads, burgers, a crab melt and a French dip, to name a few. There are gluten free options as well as vegan options.

They also offer a variety of mimosas served up in a combination of juices like the Hi-Mosa that has champagne, cranberry and orange juice. With her son Jared as the General Manager and Monday being a franchisee for the first time there has been a learning curve but also a lot of fun. “It is a family thing that we plan to have for a long time,” expressed Monday. “Sometimes I will sit back here on a busy day and I will hear people talking and laughing; it is kind of a cool thing to have brought something that brings people happiness.”

To wash it down there are a variety of mimosas and a monster Bloody Mary called the Hail Mary. The football inspired beverage is a liter of goodness that comes with three strips of bacon and half of a grilled cheese sandwich.


to all of our customers for another amazing year! We appreciate the opportunity to serve the Modesto community and look forward to many more years to come!


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People On The Move Sweeny Youmaran Joins BAC Community Bank Family owned and locally managed BAC Community Bank is pleased to announce that Sweeny Youmaran has joined the Bank as Relationship Manager. Sweeny has a Communications degree and has worked in the financial services industry for over 8 years. Her managerial experience includes both consumer and business banking, with a focus on consumer lines of credit and small business lending.

These strengths will be utilized as Sweeny will be assisting both consumer and small business loan applicants, as well as existing customers. Sweeney Youmaran will be working primarily from the BAC Community Bank office located at 517 East Weber Avenue in Stockton and can be reached by telephone at (209) 373-2531 or by email at

Modesto Family Physician Receives CMA’s Prestigious “Country Doctor” Award Modesto family physician Silvia Diego, M.D., was recently honored with the California Medical Association’s (CMA) most prestigious award, the Frederick K.M. Plessner Memorial Award. The award, which honors the California physician who best exemplifies the ethics and practice of a rural country practitioner, was announced at CMA’s annual House of Delegates meeting in Sacramento.

officer. In that role she oversaw care for 20 primary care clinics and more than 100,000 patients.

The daughter of farm worker parents, Silvia Diego grew up in the small town of San Joaquin in western Fresno County. She was the first in her family to graduate from college and went on to get her medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine.

Dr. Diego selflessly stood up for her patients when a new management policy sought to increase patient numbers at clinics in response to the wave of Medi-Cal enrollments through the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Diego stood her ground, insisting that doing so would mean they would have to compromise the quality of the care they were known in the community for providing. She was fired for opposing these new policies, which she believed would undermine care for low-income and indigent patients.

After graduating from medical school in 1994, Dr. Diego completed her residency in Family Medicine at the Stanislaus Medical Center in Modesto, and has remained in Stanislaus County ever since, with a mission of providing care to the poor and uninsured.

In private practice at Family First Medical Care, Dr. Diego has maintained her commitment to providing patients with the very best care—with a focus on those most in need. Even though it’s a financial challenge for the practice, 50 percent of her patients are on either Medicare or Medi-Cal.

“I am very passionate about taking care of my patients—about helping them get the very best health care,” said Dr. Diego. “It is the core mission of physicians to care for your patients with compassion and respect and work to remove barriers to access to affordable quality health care.”

Dr. Diego has been a member of CMA and the Stanislaus Medical Society (SMS) for more than two decades. She is a past president of SMS and is currently a member of the CMA House of Delegates. This year, she was the first female physician named as Stanislaus Physician of the Year.

Dr. Diego practiced for 18 years at the nonprofit Golden Valley Health Centers, where for eight years she served as chief medical

For more information, visit, and follow CMA on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Instagram.

Express Employment Professionals Express Employment Professionals is excited to have Rick Locke join our team as our new Business Development Manager for the Modesto location. Rick has several years of experience in the staffing and recruiting industry including roles in recruiting, operations, and business development. He received his BS from Anthem University after being in the Army for 22 years when he retired in 2010. Rick loves sports and is the father of two teenagers. He will be a great addition to the Express team!


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Modesto’s McHenry Museum Your Resource For Regional History

By: McHenry Mansion Staff In the early 1970s, with the advent of the McHenry Library building becoming vacant from their move to new facilities, the existing building originally funded by Oramil McHenry back in 1912, was rededicated by the City of Modesto to become the McHenry Museum. Previously to this building’s mission change, there existed overlapping historical organizations across Stanislaus County and the City of Modesto. Following the building’s mission change, the supporting groups combined and reinvented themselves to become the McHenry Museum and Historical Society, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. This organization is dedicated to ensuring the McHenry Museum remains a vital element of our area to identify, document, collect, and preserve history of Modesto and the entire Stanislaus region. Toward achieving the goal of widespread availability, the Museum is open daily, Tuesday through Sunday each week and offers free admission to all visitors. Many Museum historical displays help demonstrate the growth of our region. Displays of artifacts from the region’s indigenous Native Americans through the development of the west into vibrant and critical contributing elements of the economy and society are regularly presented. The Museum’s activities are varied in approaches to enrich our residents and welcoming out of town visitors. Frequently provided throughout the year are free historical presentations from local speakers detailing aspects of the region’s growth so audiences may gain in-depth clarity on many historical events. Additionally, there are special events designed to enhance Museum visiting experiences for area youth. Typical activities to attract younger Museum participants include the Poet’s Corner, the Haunted Museum, and the holiday’s Dicken’s Faire. Additionally, the Museum maintains an area on the main floor where displays are frequently updated to reflect the changing of area events and also present unique combinations of artifacts which might otherwise not be available for public viewing.

The City of Modesto also coordinates rental of Museum spaces for public and private event usages. Details on obtaining historical photos or space rental inquiries may be directed to the Museum’s website listed below. Any Museum visit would be incomplete without stopping into the Gift and Book Store to select special offerings to commemorate the Museum visit or purchase that unique book about our local history or an unusual gift for that special individual. The Store also offers publications written by members of the Historical Society commemorating our history and recognizing individuals which were leaders of our communities in areas of innovation and development. The McHenry Museum and Historical Society invites interested individuals to join the organization and contribute their interest and skills to further enhance the availability in both capturing and making available to the public information of our area’s rich history. For additional information about the McHenry Museum, its many programs and displays, or joining the McHenry Museum and Historical Society, please visit the Museum website or call the contact phone number listed below. 1402 “I” Street, Modesto, CA 95354 Museum Hours: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday Phone: (209) 495-4620 Email:


The Museum houses many thousands of historical photographs from Modesto and the surrounding areas which are invaluable to individuals searching out local history for various documents and publications. These City owned photographs are available to the public for a City paid fee. november 2018


Community Hospice Recognizes Children’s Grief Awareness Day On November 15, 2018, Community Hospice recognized and honored Children’s Grief Awareness Day, a day of advocacy that aims to raise awareness and support for grieving children and teens across the United States. Children’s Grief Awareness Day was established in 2008 with the goal to educate and increase awareness of the needs of grieving children, as well as the benefits they may obtain through community resources. Children and teens who have experienced the death of a close loved one often feel like their struggles are invisible to all around them. Often they are left feeling lost, alone, different from their peers and misunderstood. Grief education and support is beneficial in helping children and teens understand their feelings are normal and they are not alone. Support allows for the opportunity to share with peers that have gone through similar circumstances, learn healthy ways to express their loss and normalize their grief, as well as explore the tools needed to memorialize their loved one and move forward. “The children and teens in our community are our future. At Community Hospice we are passionate about helping our community members as they travel their grief journey, providing resources to support them during such a difficult time,” shared C. DeSha McLeod, President/CEO Community Hospice. “We are honored to offer specialized programs for children and teens to help

them along their path. Individual and group grief support, onsite school children’s grief support and Camp Erin of the Central Valley are all available, at no cost to the family.” To learn more about Children’s Grief Awareness Day, visit heal. or call the Community Hospice Children’s Grief Support Services at 209.578.6300. Community Hospice is a nonprofit, community based hospice agency, serving the San Joaquin Valley since 1979. Community Hospice provides compassionate and quality care, education and support to terminally ill patients and their families, regardless of the ability to pay. Care extends to more than 2000 patients each year in private homes, skilled nursing facilities, retirement communities and at the 16-room Community Hospice Alexander Cohen Hospice House. Community Hospice also provides grief support services to anyone in the community at no cost. For more information call (209) 578-6300 or visit

Latino Community Foundation Reacts To Election 2018 San Francisco, CA -- Latino Community Foundation Chief Executive Officer Jacqueline Martinez Garcel released the following statement regarding the midterm election results, voter turnout and what must come next: “The Latino Community Foundation heartily congratulates newly elected Gov. Gavin Newsom, statewide public office holders, and state and local elected officials throughout California. Early indications show Latino voters turned out in higher numbers than ever before, signaling the importance of the civic and economic power of the 15 million Latinos in California for 2020 and beyond. The Latino Community Foundation is proud to have worked with local organizations throughout the state to engage, register, and mobilize Latino voters. The results of this work has contributed the 120 percent increase in absentee and early ballots cast by Latinos compared with 2014. “This is just the beginning. More must be done to engage the power and force of Latinos in California, especially as we seek to tackle issues on health, immigration, housing and the critical US Census count.


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The Latino Community Foundation looks forward to working with the new administration to fully leverage the leadership of California’s largest ethnic plurality. Investing in the educational success, economic growth, and civic power of Latinos will lead to real, lasting change that will benefit all of California.”

About Latino Community Foundation: The Latino Community Foundation has the largest network of Latino philanthropists in the country and has invested millions of dollars to improve the livelihood of Latino families. Its mission is to unleash the power of Latinos in California by investing in Latino-led organizations dedicated to the transformation of their communities. It is the only statewide foundation solely focused on investing in Latino youth and families in California.

OVCB Recognized As Most Active sba 504 Lending Partner Oak Valley Community Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Oak Valley Bancorp (NASDAQ: OVLY), was recently recognized by Success Capital Expansion and Development Corporation as their “Most Active SBA 504 Lending Partner in 2018.” The distinction covers lending activity in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Mariposa, and Calaveras counties. Success Capital offers low down payment, fixed rate financing via the SBA 504 Loan Program for business owners to purchase or build facilities for their businesses. They held their annual meeting in Modesto and presented the aforementioned award to members of Oak Valley’s Commercial Banking Group. “It is an honor to again be recognized by Success Capital. This is the third consecutive year Oak Valley Community Bank has been named the Most Active Lender Partner for the region,” stated Chris Courtney, President and CEO. “We are pleased to be recognized amongst our

community- minded peers for our commitment to helping small business owners succeed through the purchase of the properties and facilities from which they operate.” Oak Valley Bancorp operates Oak Valley Community Bank and their Eastern Sierra Community Bank division, through which it offers a variety of loan and deposit products to individuals and small businesses. They currently operate through 17 conveniently located branches: Oakdale, Turlock, Stockton, Patterson, Ripon, Escalon, Manteca, Tracy, Sacramento, two branches in Sonora, three branches in Modesto, and three branches in their Eastern Sierra division, which includes Bridgeport, Mammoth Lakes and Bishop. The Sacramento – Capitol Mall Branch, which opened during the third quarter, is the latest addition to Oak Valley’s network. For more information, call 1-866-844-7500 or visit

Additional Funding Allocated For Regional Rail Services The California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) has awarded an additional $12.3 million dollars in SB 1 funding through the State Rail Assistance (SRA), of which the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission (SJRRC) and San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority (SJJPA) received approval for both ACE passenger rail and the Amtrak San Joaquins projects. SRA funds are focused investments to improve commuter and intercity rail service across the state, reduce air pollution, and ease traffic congestion. For ACE service, the current funding award includes $3.4 million for extending the Fremont station platform to accommodate longer trains, and $500,000 for the Lyoth rail connection in Tracy. This junction currently requires ACE trains to slow down through the area due to the manual safety system for the shorthaul freight line connecting to the mainline. The upgrade to an electronic safety system will allow for increased ACE train speeds through the junction. For Amtrak San Joaquins, funding includes $7.1 million for a new track connection to ease congestion between Union Pacific, BNSF, ACE, and Amtrak San Joaquins trains in San Joaquin County, and $900,000 for additional parking at the Merced Amtrak station. The funding will provide important improvements for passengers and performance for both ACE and San Joaquins services. SRA awards provide California’s commuter and intercity rail agencies with dependable supplemental revenue that they can use to improve rail service in various ways, including:

Operations funding for expanded service; Increased customer amenities such as discounted tickets; Capital investments such as new and cleaner-emissions rolling stock to increase capacity and reduce emissions, and; Track and station investments that can reduce travel times, delays, improve accessibility and enhance the customer experience. Funding for the SRA program is created through Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) which directs a portion of new revenue to intercity and commuter rail. Recent SB 1 funds and other state programs have also assisted with the purchase of additional passenger cars and locomotives, extending train platforms for easier boarding and expansion of service into several new corridors. The SJRRC manages ACE passenger rail, with four-weekday round-trips between the Central Valley and Silicon Valley, and the SJJPA manages Amtrak San Joaquins, with seven daily roundtrips, including five between Bakersfield/Fresno and Oakland, and two between Bakersfield/Fresno and Sacramento. november 2018


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Judy Stark is the Chapter Chair for the SCORE Modesto-Merced Chapter. She began her professional career as a key-punch operator for Pacific Bell in Los Angeles. From that moment on, she was fascinated with data processing and technology. She went from typing 40 words per minute to 14,000 key strokes per hour. Moving on she worked for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and the Sheriff’s Department in their East Los Angeles Sub Station. After moving to Bakersfield, raising 3 boys, and working for the Southern Pacific Railroad for nine years she made the decision to switch careers and enrolled at Cal State University, Bakersfield, studying management information systems.

David Kamins moved to the Central Valley in 2006. After bouncing back and forth between California and Hawaii, David finally settled down. Here he started his family and now has a wife and 3 young children.

A high point in her training was being selected to intern at IBM. Earning a place on the Dean’s List for the entire time she studied at Bakersfield, she graduated with honors receiving her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration/MIS degree. After graduation, she “caught the wave” of the boom in the Silicon Valley working as Project Manager for several internet startup companies. While working for MCI she was selected from a field of 4,000 employees as Employee of the Year. In 2000, she and her husband moved to Modesto, opening and operating Wedding Center USA from 2004 to 2013. Even though she’s officially retired, she’s still very active within the business community in her role as SCORE Chapter Chair and also serving as

David is dedicated to his community. He states, “I want to leave it better than I found it.” He is very active in Kiwanis, sits on the board for DRAIL, Golden Valley Heath Centers Foundation and several others worthwhile organizations. Professionally, David works for Mid Valley IT, the central valley’s fastest growing IT company. He is an integral part in Mid Valley IT’s growth by not only supporting our existing clients, but building relationships with new ones as well. David is always there with a smile and an enthusiasm that is contagious and uplifting.

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Modesto Mobility Center, Inc.

Turlock Irrigation District

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member Highlight Shop Local: It Matters– Intrinsic Elements By: Jennifer Konradi, Marketing and Communications Director In the smallest towns, bustling cities, and everything in between, residents are starting to lose a sense of community and local character. Meanwhile, national chains and online mega-stores continue gaining market and pushing independent businesses to the margins in many sectors. We can especially see this during the holiday season as citizens begin to do their usual hurried holiday shopping. This trend is considered symptomatic of our loss of community involvement, but could it also be a primary cause? One local shop is here to fix that. A shop that has a sense of a welcoming calm that not only excites its shoppers, but puts them at ease to ensure a pleasurable shopping experience. Intrinsic Elements is a harmonious home away from home. For over 10 years, Susie and Michelle had talked about opening a retail gift sore with a holistic theme. Their visualization of what they wanted the store to be like had them asking how it could serve the ‘greater good’ as well as asking themselves what they each wanted to experience by having this store. In December of 2009, the perfect location presented

itself and the dream of their quant holistic store became a reality in the form of Intrinsic Elements, “where bling meets bliss.” Susie and Michelle opened their store on April 15th, 2010 with 7,000 items and currently have over 29,000 items in stock. Their biggest enjoyment is the journey of discovering what exactly their customers want and need them to be. The store’s eclectic mix of gift items, crystals, oils, candles, and much more has created a customer base that will testify that they can always find a gift for almost everyone on their holiday gift giving list. The quality of Intrinsic Elements is like none other. The unrelenting emphasis on cheapness in our society is above all other values and tends to lead many people to overlook the values independent businesses provide us, both personally and in our communities. Do not overlook Intrinsic Elements. For your holiday and everyday gift shopping. Located at 1214 “J” Street between 12th and 13th streets, make this unique shop a must stop.

leadership of modesto Unseen Heroes By: Jason Word LEMO Class 2018-19 What is your definition of a hero? Your first thought might be a police officer, firefighter or maybe a family member or someone you know who served or currently serves in the military. These are all heroes who give of themselves for the safety, freedom and the betterment of us all. Last month, Leadership Modesto was introduced to some unseen heroes – a group of non-profits that are making an impact in the community we all call home. We visited Stanislaus Community Foundation which manages 131 charitable funds and last year sowed $2.1 million back into our community and is on track to hit $2.4 million for 2018. Another stop was the City of Modesto Senior Center. They serve an average of 41,000 seniors a year and provide daily activities like yoga, line dancing and technology classes.


That was a very challenging time in my life and I would have benefitted greatly from a camp like this. Another inspiring non-profit we visited is Interfaith Ministries. They distribute food to over 80 other local non-profits and feed over 40,000 children a year. One unique service they provide is a mobile farmers market to get fresh food to people that aren’t close to grocery stores.

At Without Permission, a nationally-recognized non-profit whose goal is to bring human trafficking to an end, we learned how they utilize church and community partnerships to provide a safe place where those who have been trafficked can be restored.

Our day also included visiting United Cerebral Palsy, a non-profit that works daily with its members that were born with or became disabled later in life. I was amazed by the organization’s selfless service. They not only meet their members’ daily needs, but see beyond that to help them set a vision and goals. Whether it takes a year or 10 years, UCP staff works alongside them to help accomplish these goals. Many of the individuals they help have obtained full-time jobs at local businesses.

Community Hospice provides compassionate and quality care, education and support to terminally ill patients and their families. At their Camp Erin, grief support professionals and volunteers provide grief education, peer bonding and emotional support in a camp format for children ages 6 to 17 that have lost a loved one. When I was 9 years old I lost my mom suddenly from an aneurism.

All of these non-profits operate daily in our community; they serve selflessly with hearts that want to make a difference and in my mind, are heroes. Community Service Day made me just that much prouder to be a Modesto resident. If you want to make a difference – big or small – you can and in a variety of ways. Thank you LEMO, for this life-changing experience.

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110055tthh AAnnnnuuaall G waarrddss mbbeerrss CChhooiiccee AAw Meem & 22001188 M Gaallaa & NOMINATION FORM Our Mission: The Modesto Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to serving the greater Modesto Area, regional businesses and community prosperity through advocacy, collaboration, access to leaders, economic development, connectivity and business education. The Modesto Chamber of Commerce “CARES: Community, Advocacy, Relationships, Education and Service.” To be eligible for a nomination, businesses must be members of the Modesto Chamber of Commerce for at least one full year. Members will be notified of their nomination prior to the event, however, winners will not be revealed publicly until the evening of The Gala on January 26, 2019. A testimonial of 500 words as to WHY your nominee deserves that award is REQUIRED with your recommendation. Once you complete the reverse side of this form and return it to the Modesto Chamber, your nomination is complete. You may also visit our website to submit your nomination online at The deadline to submit a nomination is December 21, 2018. Nominee Criteria NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR Nominee must be a continued example of service to our community in providing goods and services that “improve quality of life.” SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (Awarded to a Company with 25 or fewer on staff) Nominee must show innovation in business practice, have a superior customer service, philosophy, and must show overall growth as a company. DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD (For an Individual) Nominee has displayed exceptional dedication in furthering the mission of the Chamber and enhancing Chamber programs and services. CHAMBER MEMBER OF THE YEAR AWARD (Awarded to a Company) Nominee has shown a continued commitment to promoting the business community’s growth through their donation of time, resources, and personnel, supporting the Chamber’s Mission of business growth. Please return this form to the Modesto Chamber of Commerce: Fax: 209.577.2673; Email:; Mail: 1114 J Street Modesto, CA 95354; or visit november 2018



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Enjoy December 2018 Art Walk Start your self-guided tour by visiting art galleries, as well as businesses and organizations that display art for the evening, working together to showcase the best of the arts. The Art Walk in Modesto is a free casual event featuring a diverse range of artwork.


You will have the opportunity to listen to local musicians, enjoy food and beverage from one of your favorite downtown restaurants as well as viewing artwork for purchase at local art galleries and shops! Carolyn Huff Photography’s gallery is amongst the venues that will be opened and will surely not want to be missed!

MidiCi: The Neapolitan Pizza Company Opening At Vintage Faire Mall; Now Accepting Applications

MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company,, the restaurant whose mission is to bring friends together over a great meal like Italians do, is bringing Neapolitan Pizza and other culinary delights to the Vintage Faire Mall in Modesto coming in January. MidiCi combines authentic Italian cuisine with a “fast-fine” dining

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experience, all at a uniquely affordable price point. The openconcept interior of MidiCi gives you the feeling of being a part of the action— Neapolitan pizzas are prepared fresh to order for the 90-second journey from dough to plate, as guests sip Italian Prosecco under the beautiful, live tree featured inside the restaurant. “We are excited to bring a unique dining experience reminiscent of an Italian Piazza to Vintage Faire Mall. MidiCi’s impressive ambiance and lively atmosphere is an ideal fit for a date, a hangout, a late-night drink or even an office party,” said MidiCi Restaurant Owner John Walling. MidiCi features a variety of authentic Italian dishes, including wood-fired Neapolitan pizza, salad, burrata, signature desserts, an extensive list of local craft beers and a curated wine list. MidiCi uses Italian non-GMO flour to prepare their dough in-house daily, and other classic, Italian-sourced ingredients to make their pizzas. “MidiCi wants to make high-quality food accessible to all. The ingredients we source are farm-fresh, natural, and mostly nonGMO, and staples like tomatoes used in the sauce or the flour, are even imported from Italy. We look forward to introducing authentic Neapolitan pizza and classic Italian dishes to our friends in Modesto,” said Walling. MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company located at 3401 Dale Road, Suite #646 Modesto in the Vintage Faire Mall is scheduled to open in January, adjacent to the Apple store.

MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company will be available for dine-in, take-out and catering. For more information on MidiCi, visit www. For construction developments, opening details and to apply on Facebook, go to MidiCiVintageFaire.

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MidiCi makes high quality food accessible to all, so everyone can come together at MidiCi.

MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company opened its first location in 2015, providing pizza lovers with authentic Neapolitan Pizza served in an upscale dining atmosphere while maintaining the ease and affordability of a casual restaurant concept. Honoring the tradition, passion and art of Neapolitan Pizza-making, the way it was invented more than 300 years ago in Naples, Italy, MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company serves Neapolitan pizza, gourmet appetizers, burrata, salads, wood-fired calzones, paninis, desserts, local craft beer and a curated wine list, all in an open kitchen.

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president’s club Circle Of Influence Platinum level E. & J. Gallo Winery Kaiser Permanente Walmart Walmart Neighborhood Market

Diamond Level Bank of the West (McHenry) Beard Land & Investment Co. Capax-Giddings, Corby, Hynes, Inc. Doctors Behavioral Health Center-DMC Doctors Medical Center-DMC Frito-Lay Co., Inc. MedAmerica Billing Services, Inc Pacific Southwest Container, Inc. Physician Referral Service-DMC Romo & Associates Sintex Security Services, Inc SunPower

Gold Level 5.11, Inc. Chopra Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Inc. Crystal Creamery Doubletree by Hilton Modesto EMOE, Division of Parker Hannifin Corp. Fiscalini Cheese Company HealthSouth Rehabilitation of Modesto IHeart Media J C Penney Company Memorial Medical Center Modesto Irrigation District Modesto Nuts Professional Baseball Ramada Inn Seneca Foods, LLC Switch to Vapor Sysco Central California Inc. Taco Bell Taco Bell (Sisk) Main The Clarion Hotel & Conference Center


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AAA Locating, Inc. Affinia Under Vehicle Group American Chevrolet American Medical Response Aramark Uniform Services Atherton & Associates, LLP Audi Modesto Audio Pros of Modesto Bank of Stockton BBVA Compass BIAlytics BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse BMC West Corporation Brightwood College Brown, Fink, Boyce & Astle, LLP Bunge Oils

California State University, Stanislaus California State University, Stanislaus University Advancement Care One Home Health and Hospice, Inc. Central Sanitary Supply Co. Central Valley Ag Grinding Central Valley Automotive Central Valley Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge Central Valley Medical Group Central Valley Nissan Central Valley Specialty Hospital Central Valley Volkswagen Hyundai Children's Hospital & Research Center, Oakland Children's Hospital & Research CenterOakland Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino Citibank (McHenry Ave.) Citibank (Oakdale Road) Clark Pest Control Cloudy in California COIT Services Inc. Collins Electrical Comcast Comcast Advertising Sales Comforcare Home Care Services Concordia Claims Managers Construction Management Corp. Costco Wholesale Covanta Stanislaus, Inc. Cummins Contracting & Supply Damrell, Nelson, Schrimp, Pallios, Pacher & Silva DeAngelos Jewelry Del Monte Plant #1 Delta Sierra Beverage DirectLine Technologies, Inc. English Oaks Nursing & Rehabilitation Hospital F&M Bank (Carpenter Road) F&M Bank (Dale Road) F&M Bank (McHenry) F&M Bank (Village) Fidelity National Title Insurance Company Final Cut Media First Choice Physician Partners Flooring Liquidators, Inc. Flowers Baking Co. of Modesto, LLC Food Maxx Gabriel Fine Jewelers Galletto Ristorante Georgia-Pacific Gianelli Nielsen Gilton Solid Waste Mgmt, Inc. Golden Valley Health Centers Grimbleby Coleman CPAs, Inc. Grover Landscape Services, Inc.

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Heald College Heald College HM. Clause, Inc I.J. Larsen Pumps, Inc. Infiniti of Modesto International Paper Co. Iron Mountain, Inc. ITT Technical Institute J. A. Grover Construction, Inc. JS West & Companies Kindred Hospital-Modesto Lewis Capital Advisors Lion Fusion Express Longs Drug Store Lowe's Home Improvement, Inc. M.T.C. Distributing Maxx Value Foods Mercer Foods Mid-Valley Engineering, Inc. Mike's Knock Out Burger & Ray's BarB-Que Mission Foods Mocse Credit Union Modesto Disposal/Waste Management Modesto Toyota MV Transportation, Inc. NI Industries, Inc. Oak Valley Community Bank O'Brien's Market Office Depot-Business Service Division OLAM Spices & Vegetables, Inc. Oldcastle Glass Pacific Gas & Electric Co. Panelized Structures Inc. Papa John's Papa John's - Turlock Park Inn by Radisson Pepsi Bottling Group Pinnacle Solutions Plastipak Packaging PMZ Real Estate Post Foods, LLC Prime Shine Car Wash Prompt Staffing dba Courtesy Staffing Prudential Overall Supply Rabobank Raley's RANCANO & RANCANO, A Professional Law Corp. Raymond James & Associates, Inc. Rizo-Lopez Foods, Inc. Rogers Jewelry Round Table Pizza Round Table Pizza, Corporate San Joaquin Valley College Save Mart Supermarkets Save Mart Supermarkets - Corp Office See other file Seven-Up Bottling Co. of Modesto/Varni

Brothers Corporation Showcase Auto Plaza Siemens Signature Fruit Company, LLC Smile Shine Family Dental Solecon Industrial Contractors Solid Networks, Inc. Stanislaus Distributing Stanislaus Farm Supply Stanislaus Food Products Co. Stanislaus Surgical Hospital Stantec Consulting Inc. Storer Coachways SunOpta SunOpta Aseptic, Inc. Sutter Gould Medical Foundation Telcion Communications Group The Eberhardt School of Business The Modesto Bee Tracy Toyota TSM Insurance & Financial Services Turlock Irrigation District Union Bank Uno Chicago Grill US Bank US Bank Turlock Valley Bio Energy, LLC Valley BMW Valley Children's Healthcare Valley Color Graphics, Inc. Valley First Credit Union Valley First Credit Union (Dale Branch) Valley First Credit Union Administrative Offices Valley Lexus Vintage Faire Mall/Macerich Company W.H. Breshears, Inc. Wahid Medical Corporation Walgreens Drug Store-Standiford WAMU Warden's Office Furniture Outlet Warden's Office Products Center Wells Fargo Bank Westamerica Bank Winton-Ireland, Strom & Green Insurance Agency Yosemite Meat Co., Inc.

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Save the Date!

Sunday, April 28th, 2019 1:00-5:00pm

Spend an afternoon sampling food, wine and craft beers from the 209’s finest restaurants, wineries and breweries in the beautiful new outdoor amphitheater venue at the Fruit Yard. Live music will be performed by well-known local artist Alex Lucero. Raffle prizes and premier silent auction all benefit United Cerebral Palsy.

For Vendor and Sponsorship Opportunities

call Taste of the 209 Coordinator Jennifer Webber at (209) 249-3550

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