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Leadership group donates $55,000 to charity

By From page A2 | June 14, 2014

Fundraising, scholarships, graduations and honors from a Solano County fair organization lead the way in a busy week of good news around the region.

Leadership program raises $55,000

The Fairfield-Suisun and Vacaville chambers of commerce joint Leadership Today program culminated their year May 31 to June 1 at Wooden Valley Winery with a “Raise a Glass and Raise Some Cash” event that raised more than $55,000 for the Children’s Nurturing Project.

The Leadership Today program is a group of 27 community leaders who have been in the program for the past year. The money will help with efforts for community awareness, training and education, as well as support services for child victims of human trafficking in Solano County.

In addition, Ford of Fairfield donated $100 for each car sold over the weekend to the Children’s Nurturing Project.

Well done by all involved.

Sons of Italy donates scholarships

The Sons of Italy Lodge No. 2534 recently donated eight $1,000 scholarships to Solano County graduating seniors of Italian descent. Seven are going to four-year schools and one to Solano Community College.

It’s one of several projects for the lodge, which consists of 130 members who are Italian, married to Italians or simply enjoy the friendships in the organization. Among others are donating to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano as an organization and individuals, donating school supplies – this year to the Matt Garcia Learning Center – and supporting local charitable organizations.

May Fair Friends honor Byrum

Fairfield resident Richard Byrum received the 2014 Blue Ribbon Award from the Friends of the Dixon May Fair for his dedicated support to the fair and its youth.

Byrum, the vice president of Butler Amusements, is a donor to many fair and community events and a longtime supporter and former member of both 4-H and Future Farmers of America, according to a press release. Byrum received the award at a recent barbecue and ceremony. It’s the top award given by the Friends of the Dixon May Fair.

Congratulations to Byrum and the Friends of the Dixon May Fair.

4 teens get scholarships

Four Solano County teens received scholarships – totaling $8,500 – from the Friends of the Dixon May Fair.

The awardees are Stephanie Calestini and Nikki Talken of Dixon, Jordan Dosker of Vacaville and Maria Kogler of Rio Vista.

The organization has granted $142,000 in scholarships over the past 14 years to Solano County students.

Well done.

Local student to pursue master’s

Eric Jameson, who grew up in Fairfield and graduated from Justin-Siena High School in Napa, will graduate Sunday from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Jameson will receive his degree in mathematics and continue on to San Diego State in the fall to work on his master’s of science in applied mathematics.

His parents are Mark and Sue Jameson of Fairfield. Congratulations to Eric and his parents.

Nisperos gets bachelor’s degree

Anna Nisperos of Fairfield earned her bachelor of arts degree in exercise sciences from Kansas Wesleyan University on May 10.

A total of 188 seniors graduated from the school, which is located in Salina, Kan. Nisperos’ degree had an emphasis on personal training. She graduated from Justin-Siena High in Napa, then played soccer and attended Solano Community College before transferring and playing soccer for the Coyotes.

Frazier honors CHP officer

Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Oakley, honored Sgt. Philip V. Grant of the California Highway Patrol this week with a state Assembly resolution.

Grant, who lives in Solano County, spent more than 30 years in law enforcement before his upcoming retirement. He is the field motorcycle supervisor in Solano County and is responsible for the direct supervision of both motorcycle and car officers.

Send your good news items to Glen Faison at [email protected]

Brad Stanhope

Brad Stanhope

Brad Stanhope is a former Daily Republic editor. He began his career at the DR in the last millennium. He spent 24 years as a sports editor, associate editor and news editor before leaving the Daily Republic in 2014. Brad lives in Suisun City with his wife, Mrs. Brad, and two sons. He enjoys cheese.

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