The Internal Revenue Service today issued a warning about possible fake charity scams emerging due to Hurricane Harvey and encouraged taxpayers to seek out recognized charitable groups for their donations.

While there has been an enormous wave of support across the country for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, people should be aware of criminals who look to take advantage of this generosity by impersonating charities to get money or private information from well-meaning taxpayers. Such fraudulent schemes may involve contact by telephone, social media, e-mail or in-person solicitations.


Criminals often send emails that steer recipients to bogus websites that appear to be affiliated with legitimate charitable causes. These sites frequently mimic the sites of, or use names similar to, legitimate charities, or claim to be affiliated with legitimate charities in order to persuade people to send money or provide personal financial information that can be used to steal identities or financial resources.

IRS.gov has the tools people need to quickly and easily check the status of charitable organizations.

The IRS cautions people wishing to make disaster-related charitable donations to avoid scam artists by following these tips: Be sure to donate to recognized charities; Be wary of charities with names that are similar to familiar or nationally known organizations. Some phony charities use names or websites that sound or look like those of respected, legitimate organizations. The IRS website at IRS.gov has a search feature, Exempt Organizations Select Check, through which people may find qualified charities; donations to these charities may be tax-deductible; Don’t give out personal financial information — such as Social Security numbers or credit card and bank account numbers and passwords — to anyone who solicits a contribution. Scam artists may use this information to steal a donor’s identity and money; Never give or send cash. For security and tax record purposes, contribute by check or credit card or another way that provides documentation of the donation.

Consult IRS Publication 526, Charitable Contributions, available on IRS.gov. This free booklet describes the tax rules that apply to making legitimate tax-deductible donations. Among other things, it also provides complete details on what records to keep.

Taxpayers suspecting fraud by email should visit IRS.gov and search for the keywords “Report Phishing.”

More information about tax scams and schemes may be found at IRS.gov using the keywords “scams and schemes.” Details on available relief can be found on the disaster relief page on IRS.gov.


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Senator Jim Nielsen Cites Commitment to Agriculture and Farming

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento County Farm Bureau (SCFB) has drawn both the admiration and praise of Northern California State Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber), who recent congratulated the organization for its 100-years of service to the Sacramento County community and its recent recognition from the California Agriculture Heritage Club. Nielsen, who represents that 4th State Senate District and serves as Chair of the Senate Republican Caucus, Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and Vice Chair of the Senate Budget & Fiscal Review, praised the SCFB for its "commitment to agriculture and farming for the past 100-years."

"I appreciate your continued efforts to promote and defend the agricultural interests within the county; such support is invaluable," Senator Nielsen wrote in a letter to the SCFB. "Additionally, I applaud the efforts the efforts the organization and its board have taken to remain fiscally responsible for its duration. The accomplishments you have achieved over this past century surely give you a lot to be proud of."

Senator Nielsen also praised the SCFB for its "celebratory milestone" and its statewide recognition from the 2017 California Agricultural Heritage Club Ceremony held last month at the California State Fairgrounds in Sacramento.

"Senator Nielsen's recognition of the work and accomplishments of the SCFB is an important triumph for this organization," said SCFB Board President Virginia Hemly-Chhabra. "Senator Nielsen is no stranger to agriculture. He grew up on a small farm in the San Joaquin Valley and later worked as a ranch foreman and operated the family cattle, field and row-crop ranch. His recognition of SCFB efforts is greatly appreciated."

The SCFB was honored for 100-years of services last month at the 2017 California Agricultural Heritage Club Ceremony held at the California State Fairgrounds in Sacramento. Membership in the Agricultural Heritage Club is a prestigious award, which is only given to farms, ranches, organizations and agribusinesses that have maintained a fiscal responsibility in the state for at least one full century.

Sacramento County is the 25th largest agriculture producing county in California with total agricultural production approaching $500 million. The top five county crops include wine grapes, poultry, grain corn, milk and Bartlett pears.

Sacramento County farmers put food on your fork.  Our agricultural operations and products are as diverse as the lands we carefully manage.  We are proud to provide healthy, fresh food for your family and ours.  We invite you to join our efforts to protect Sacramento County's agriculture, rural character, and our ability to produce local, high-quality food for your table.


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Loud and Proud: Airshow Flys Sept. 9 and 10

By CCA  |  2017-08-30

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - Come out to Mather Airport, September 9th & 10th, and experience the full-tilt capabilities of this extraordinary aircraft. The use of maximum-afterburner will leave you spellbound as the skies above Sacramento come alive with freedom’s roar! Absolutely nothing beats watching this mesmerizing show onsite. Get the inside scoop on the Super Hornet below!

All the way from Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia, Strike Fighter Squadron 106 is proud to showcase the F/A-18 to audiences around the world. Airshows are the best place to see a Super Hornet in action. The Tactical Demonstration or “Tac Demo” team flies the F/A-18 as close to the “edge of the envelope” as safety and prudence allow. The routine highlights the Rhino’s maneuverability and slow-speed handling characteristics and is designed to showcase the mobility, versatility, and power of the F/A-18 for the citizens who look to the Navy for the defense of freedom. From the high “G” minimum radius turn to the slow speed “high-alpha” pass, the Demo flight puts the Rhino through its paces!

Each maneuver is meticulously rehearsed by Demo Team aircrew, first in the simulator, then in a series of qualification and practice flights. Demo aircrew are Fleet veterans, chosen for their abilities, knowledge, and experience. Throughout the show, adherence to procedure and the safety of observers are paramount. Although the maneuvers are dynamic, Demo team members adhere to guidelines established by VFA-106, the Navy, and the FAA to ensure their safety and that of the local community.

Larger and heavier than the Legacy Hornet, the F/A-18 Super Hornet represents the 21st Century’s first truly multi-role fighter. Using the lessons learned from the original Hornet, the “Rhino” brings advances in avionics, weapons capabilities, radar and sensors, and stealth technology. The Rhino not only carries combat artillery but also can provide valuable reconnaissance and air-to-air refueling support to the U.S. Fleet.

After entering service with the Fleet, the Rhino quickly found itself in combat in the skies over Afghanistan and Iraq. Its increased fuel and ordnance carriage make the Rhino an asset to American combat operations around the world. With the capability for future growth in weapons and on-board systems, the Rhino will remain a credible strike-fighter for years to come.

Designed and initially produced by McDonnell Douglas, the Super Hornet first flew in 1995. Full-rate production began in September 1997, after the merger of McDonnell Douglas and Boeing the previous month. The Super Hornet entered service with the United States Navy in 1999, replacing the Grumman F-14 Tomcat, which was retired in 2006; the Super Hornet serves alongside the original Hornet. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), which has operated the F/A-18A as its main fighter since 1984, ordered the F/A-18F in 2007 to replace its aging F-111C fleet. RAAF Super Hornets entered service in December 2010.

Source: CCA


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Sacramento, CA (MPG) - The CAHP Credit Union has established a memorial fund in honor of fallen Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert French.  One hundred percent of all donations received will go directly to Deputy French’s family.  The C.A.H.P Credit Union is covering all processing fees and administrative responsibilities.

On the afternoon of August 30, 2017, Deputy French was involved in a shooting that took place along Auburn Boulevard in Sacramento. Two CHP Officers were also shot but are in stable condition.

Deputy French was a 21-year veteran on the job who was currently a training officer. He was shot and died en route to the hospital. 

“It is always a sad day when we lose a brother,” said Brad Houle, C.A.H.P. Credit Union President. “Deputy French was a loyal public servant who dedicated many years to the field. Our hearts are broken for his family and the loved ones he leaves behind.”

Donations can be made on the CAHP Credit Union website (www.cahpcu.org) or directly mailed to:

Robert French Memorial Fund

CAHP Credit Union

2843 Manlove Road

P.O. Box 276507

Sacramento, CA 95827-6507

 

Source: CAHPCU

 

Governor Brown Issues Statement on Death of Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today (Aug. 30th) issued the following statement regarding the death of Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Robert French:

“Anne and I join all of Sacramento in grieving the loss of Deputy French, who died today while protecting our community. On behalf of all Californians, we extend our condolences to his family, friends and law enforcement brothers and sisters.”

Deputy French, 52, was fatally shot today while assisting with an investigation at a hotel in Sacramento. Two California Highway Patrol officers were also injured during the incident and are expected to survive.

Deputy French was a 21-year veteran of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and served in a variety of assignments. He is survived by his girlfriend, adult children, grandchildren and sister. 

In honor of Deputy French, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.


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Foreigner: Hot Blooded at 40

By Jacqueline Fox  |  2017-08-23

The current band members of Foreigner. Photo by Bill Bernstein, courtesy lappenenterprises.com

MPG Exclusive Interview of All-Time Great Rockers

Group Plays Toyota Amphitheatre Sept. 1st at 7:00 pm

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) – Wanna know what love is?  Just ask Tom Gimbel about Rock-and-Roll and his 25 years as a member of the platinum-selling, British-America rock band, Foreigner, celebrating its 40th anniversary with a best hits album and a nation-wide tour, which includes a stop at the Toyota Amphitheater in Wheatland September 1.

“I love rock and roll and being a part of this amazing band,” says Gimbel, 57, a Berklee College of Music graduate who plays rhythm guitar, sax and a number of other instruments.  Gimbel joined the band on a “temporary” basis in 1992 after a short stint with that other, quintessential 1970s and early 80s rock and roll outfit, Aerosmith.  Obviously the love between Gimbel and Foreigner founder and, according to Gimbel, the mastermind behind the band’s longevity, Mick Jones, was mutual. 

Foreigner’s 1976 debut included break-out hits, such as “Cold as Ice” and “Feels Like the First Time.” 

In celebration of the tour and the anniversary of its founding, the band have released a new CD titled “40-Forty Hits from Forty Years,” which includes popular tunes such as “Long, Long Way From Home,” “Hot Blooded,” and perhaps one of the band’s most popular, softer rock hits of the 1980s, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” which is on the Wheatland lineup and will be performed with back up from the Lincoln High School Choir.

“This is something we do on our tours every time,” says Gimbel. “We have a contest for the local schools and our publicist works with the choir’s to submit their video performances and the winner gets to join us on stage and perform. It’s an awesome experience, for them and also for the band.”

Foreigner donates $500 to each of the high school choirs selected for a performance on the tours and the choir in turn sells the new CDs during the shows to raise funds for Foreigner’s charity partner, The Grammy Foundation, which provides support for music education in schools across the country, among other things.

“Our fundraisers help us support a cause that is very close to our hearts,” says Gimbel. “It is very important for us to keep music education in schools strong. There are many kids out there who are in their school bands and that is the only thing that keeps them going back every day. Don’t even get me started about the studies that have been done on the benefits of art and music on a young person’s development.”

The band will perform with Cheap Trick as well as Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience.  Bonham is the son of late Led Zeppelin drummer, John Bonham. Cheap Trick also made its debut in the 1970s with hits including “Surrender” and “I Want You To Want Me.”

So, now that we know what love is, what keeps it feeling like the first time?

“I think the key to our band’s longevity and success is the fact that our original founder, Mick Jones is always steering the ship,” Gimbel says.  “Foreigner was his vision and it has always been his vision. He is constantly overseeing the band and who is in it, how they are playing.  It’s very subtle, but he’s in charge. If we get too far off the mark, he comes in and gets us back on course.”

The band’s music, in fact much of the music from the 1970s, including that of Led Zeppelin, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith and the Rolling Stones, among others, just as popular today among youth across the country and worldwide. Vinyl record sales of classic rock are strong, and the 1970s rock-and-roll genre, with loud, in-your-face guitar and strong rock vocals driving the beat, are as popular with many new music fans as they were upon their first release decades ago.

“It’s the ultimate compliment,” says Gimbel.  “That gives me hope. I see the guitar as this faded image. The sax hangs around.  It’s in the music of the Rolling Stones, Bob Seger and Bruce Springsteen. But the guitar sound has been on vacation for a while. Rock music, per se, has not really dominated the airwaves for a while now, so it’s great to know there is interest again.”

And how long can the love go on?

“We’re thinking as long as people want us to do this, we are going to keep playing,” Gimbel said.

IF YOU GO:

Foreigner with Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience
Toyota Amphitheatre, Wheatland
Friday, Sept. 1, 7 p.m.
For tickets: www.toyota.amphitheatrewheatland.com

 


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Health-oriented Back to School Tips

By Edwin Garcia, Kaiser Permanente Media  |  2017-08-18

Kids who eat right can learn more. Photo courtesy Kaiser Permanente

Event Offered at Westfield Galleria at Roseville on Aug. 26

Placer County, CA (MPG) - As summer vacations wind down and children return to school, it’s a good time for parents to learn more about healthy lifestyles for their kids during a special event Aug. 26 at the Westfield Galleria at Roseville.

Kaiser Permanente, the leading healthcare provider in the Sacramento region, is inviting parents and children to participate in Learn to Thrive, a free resource fair focused on healthy living from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Center Court near JCPenney.

Health experts will speak and host demonstrations on several topics, including:

  • Re-think your drink and healthy snacks.
  • Concussion and head safety.
  • Sports medicine and injury prevention.
  • Bullying and social media.
  • Backpack safety tips.

Attendees can win prizes and meet with Kaiser Permanente physicians and healthcare professionals who will host back-to-school themed activity stations.

The activities will be most enjoyed by children of elementary and middle school age, and their parents. The activities are free and open to the general public.

Learn to Thrive is part of Kaiser Permanente’s Walk to Thrive walking club at the mall. For more information, visit: www.kpwalktothrive.org.


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DOVIA: Leading the Leaders

By Jacqueline Fox  |  2017-08-16

(L-R) Mariann Eitzman, volunteer coordinator, Bayside Church, Roseville, Rachele Doty, volunteer coordinator for First Call Hospice and vice chair, DOVIA, Sacramento, and Meredith Holkeboer, Volunteer Services Assistant/Pet Therapy Coordinator at Shriners Hospitals for Children, Sacramento, at a recent workshop lead by Eitzman on giving presentations. Photo by Jacqueline Fox

DOVIA Sacramento Supports Non-Profit Volunteer Managers

Sacramento, CA (MPG) - With few exceptions, among the most important individuals behind any successful nonprofit organization, including its return on investment, are its volunteers. But how do you find them, keep them motivated and give them the tools to they need to effectively make an impact?

Enter DOVIA, or Directors of Volunteers in Agencies, which has chapters across the country, including Sacramento.  The Sacramento Chapter is currently celebrating 40 years of service, providing some 100 volunteer managers from a vast range of non-profit agencies, most of whom are members, with the support they need to successfully build and serve their core of volunteers.

DOVIA workshops and trainings offer ideas for learning how to motivate volunteers, as well as avenues for members to connect with other volunteer leadership professionals and collaborate and exchange ideas.

Rachele Doty, is the volunteer coordinator for First Call Hospice in Citrus Heights. She also serves on the board of directors as vice chair for DOVIA, Sacramento.  She views the organization as an indispensable resource, where, through workshops, trainings, networking and annual conferences, she can access an evolving and valuable exchange of information on relevant issues facing professional volunteer managers, no matter the size or scope of their agency’s mission.

“I have just on-boarded 20 new volunteers at First Call Hospice, so I have been utilizing every tool and workshop or training I have under my belt through my membership with and my role on the board of DOVIA,” said Doty. “The agency is absolutely critical for anyone who is working with volunteers. You get the support you need to promote your own growth but also the growth and development of your volunteers, whether you’re part of an executive team or some other administrative department.”

Dues for membership to DOVIA are $55 for one year for those who are signing up as an employee of a non-profit agency, and that fee allows for the bundling of two employees from the same agency.  For individual memberships, the annual fee is $30.00, all nominal fees for access to support for trainings that often non-profits themselves simply don’t have the resources to provide, despite their dependence on volunteers.

Lynne Moore is a member support specialist with the Girl Scouts Heart of Central California Council, one of 112 councils in the nation.  She and several colleagues from her agency recently attended a DOVIA workshop at Bayside Church in midtown, Sacramento focused on delivering effective presentations to volunteers. For her, the workshops and DOVIA membership provide unsurpassed support and education needed to oversee the some 300 volunteers that support her council. 

“I get so much from my membership,” said Moore. “I have a lot of moving parts in my job and a lot of changing faces, so it’s critical that I keep up with new trends in recruitment and retention of volunteers. We depend so much on our volunteers and they deserve the best leadership available to them.”

The biggest challenge many non-profit organizations face with respect to volunteers, says Doty, is finding them.

“That’s an ongoing battle for everyone in the capacity of recruitment,” Doty said. “One of the things we focus on with our workshops and trainings is how to utilize all of the available tools out there to reach potential, new volunteers. That includes social media apps, creating events to attract volunteers and how to effectively get the message out to volunteers in the community about your organization and its mission.”

Meredith Holkeboer is the Volunteer Services Assistant/Pet Therapy Coordinator at Shriners Hospitals for Children, Sacramento.  To say she’s landed her dream job would be an understatement.  She also finds her membership with DOVIA as invaluable. It has provided her with the tools to network with other volunteer coordinators and share ideas for how to keep volunteers engaged and impassioned about their work.

“The unpaid volunteers that support us are critical to our mission, so I am always on the search for new tips and ideas for how to work more effectively with our volunteers at Shriners,” Holkeboer said. “I get a lot out of my membership. I learn new things every time I attend a workshop or a conference and I am reminded that I’m a part of a unique group of leaders out there who are overseeing people who make a choice whether to keep showing up and helping out.”

DOVIA will cap its 40th year with participation at the upcoming annual conference on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at Shriners Hospital. The AL!VE Hybrid Conference: Take the Leap | Embrace Change, will feature presentations for DOVIA members by four internationally renowned volunteer leaders with workshops centered on navigating organizational and professional changes.

DOVIA, Sacramento offers two, two-day trainings each year as a part of its membership focus, as well as monthly workshops, speaker events and other educational sessions.  These are open to both members and non-members.   Next year, the chapter will be taking a deep dive into the world of corporate giving, offering members in-depth trainings centered on how to make and maintain strong relationships with corporate giving managers who oversee employee volunteer pools in the community.

Presentations are planned by the heads of corporate giving departments from various companies who will provide DOVIA members with insights on how to recruit from their employee base and what their companies look for when determining which non-profits to support—something that can shift from year to year, depending on the nature of the economy and community needs.

“We are very excited about our plans for working with corporate giving representatives next year,” said Doty. “Corporate support is very important to every non-profit, regardless of the size or what their particular mission is, so that is one huge part of what we’ll be focusing on next year.”

Other areas of focus for upcoming workshops will include stress management, supporting volunteer managers with tips and tricks of the trade to keep their volunteers from overpowering or, in some cases, de-railing the mission. And, just as importantly, training support will provide members with ideas for keeping their sanity when volunteers drop off, a phenomenon that, unfortunately, “goes hand-in-hand with our profession,” Doty said.

To find out more see www.doviasacramento.org/


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