John Muir Medical Center-Concord ER physicians and staff members reached out to the ER staff at Massachusetts General Hospital in the wake of the recent tragedy at the Boston Marathon.
The local medical center staff had pizza delivered to the ER at Massachusetts General, one of a number of hospitals treating the injured. They also faxed messages of support that were greatly appreciated by the physicians and staff in Boston.
ER staff members at Mass General responded with a thank you message on Facebook that read:
"THANK YOU to the ER staff at John Muir Medical Center-Concord, CA for buying pizza for our whole Emergency Department at MGH in Boston and for faxing over this awesome card!!!!! You all are amazing!!! American Pride!!!!!!"
A big thank you to all the heroic first responders and the medical personnel!
In other John Muir Medical Center news, Concord and Walnut Creek volunteers were feted at two luncheons this week -- a special Volunteer Week appreciation event and the annual Spring Fashion Show, featuring lovely fashions from the gift shop.
Both events were visited by volunteers (human and furry) through the partnership with Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation, based in Walnut Creek.
Events are also held for volunteers at the Brentwood and Tice Valley/Rossmoor facilities, and all volunteers receive a special gift.
Roxanne Foster, director of Volunteer Services for John Muir Health said, "John Muir Health holds all of the volunteers in all of its programs in great esteem."
The LN-4 Foundation recently received a $20,000 grant from the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation during a Rotary Club of Pleasant Hill meeting to continue the ongoing mission of providing prosthetic hands to people in need worldwide.
The LN-4 hand was invented by Ernie Meadows and his wife Marjorie -- named after their daughter, Ellen, who died in an auto accident more than 30 years ago. After reading about land mine victims and wanting to find a way to produce an inexpensive prosthetic hand, in 2005, Ernie approached Michael Mendonca, a member of the Pleasant Hill Rotary Club and co-owner of an injection molding company, about the project, which he and his partner decided to take on.
More than 12,000 free hands have been distributed in 67 countries since that time.
"The LN-4 project is a result of the Rotary Clubs in Northern California, District 5160 and Ashland, Ore. If it were not for these two areas, the LN-4 Project would not exist today," said Mendonca, LN-4 Foundation president.
The grant will help fund the production of a larger hand. Rotary member Faye Donaghu explained that the original hand is smaller than an adult hand, yet had been adapted for adults.
The LN-4 Foundation is ready to start making and distributing a larger hand, one more suitable for an adult, now possible thanks to this generous grant from the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation. Read more about the project at www.LN-4.org.
The Lioness Club of Martinez held its Spring Garden Luncheon and Fashion Show earlier this month, which provided funds for continuing philanthropic activities in the community. The club has been active since 1951, and continues its mission of assistance through a hospital equipment lending program and preschool vision screening.
Chairwoman for this year's event was Gail Duhame, with Marie Caccavo serving as the model coordinator. Harriett Burt presided over the raffle, and Donna DiBetta was in charge of kitchen assistants. Gay Gerlack spearheaded publicity, and fashions were provided by Coldwater Creek of Walnut Creek. The lunch was catered by Wilma Lott Catering of Martinez.
Student art will be on display and up for bid at alt.art.wine from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 28, when the Mt. Diablo Alternative Education Foundation hosts its second annual art and wine-tasting festival in the Lakeside Room at Heather Farm Park, at North San Carlos Drive and Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek. The event highlights the creativity of students who attend alternative education high schools in the Mt. Diablo school district.
The Dan Peckham Jazz All Stars will provide background music as guests sample offerings from a local winery, enjoy snacks, and participate in a silent auction for artwork, prizes and activities. Admission is $25 per person. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 925-352-9842 or at the door on the day of the event.
alt.art.wine is MDAEF's primary fundraiser to support students and staff in alternative education schools and programs. Founded in 2006 by a small group of volunteers with experience in alternative education, MDAEF has distributed nearly $100,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors, in mini grants for teacher projects, and in response to particular school needs.
Hiring heroes job fair
A job fair and two workshops for veteran job seekers, active duty military members, guard and reserve members, and military spouses will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at the Walnut Creek Marriott, 2355 N. Main St. The free event will be a hiring fair for both employers and job seekers, sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
Two workshops will be offered focusing on resume writing, tips for successfully navigating hiring fairs, military skill translation, and interviewing at 9 and 11 a.m.
Through 388 job fairs in 50 states, some 18,400 veterans and military spouses have landed jobs since 2012.
On Mount Diablo
"Mount Diablo: Visions & Vistas" in an exhibit of original photography and artwork featuring Mount Diablo, and its wildlife and plants, in panoramic and close-up photos and paintings by local photographers and artists. The exhibit will run from April 25-Sept. 2, at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum, 1931 First Ave. in Walnut Creek.
All visitors are welcome to attend the exhibit's free, opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 26. Entry that evening will be to the exhibit only; the rest of the museum will not be open. Throughout the remainder of the run, entry to the exhibit is free with regular admission to the museum.
Apply now for grant
The Pleasant Hill Community Foundation is accepting applications from public and nonprofit organizations in Pleasant Hill for foundation grants. The deadline is before April 30.
Any recreational, cultural or educational program that serves the residents of Pleasant Hill may apply. Grants allocation chairwoman Adrianne Roe, says, "The foundation is again very proud to be able to provide this opportunity to organizations in our community that enrich the lives of the residents of Pleasant Hill through cultural, educational and recreational activities."
Applications may be downloaded from the foundation's website at www.PHCommunityFoundation.org where prior community grant recipients are also listed.
Applications for the 2013 Jessie Falconer Tuition Grants -- ranging from $500 to $2,000 -- must be received by May 15.
The grants, from the Zeta Zeta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, are intended for students in the field of education, including any teacher working to further his/her degrees or credentials, says Joe Anne Doyle, scholarship chairman.
The grants, to be awarded in September, are given on the basis of academic achievement, community service, leadership, and extent of financial need. An applicant must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident, and a resident of Contra Costa County.
The application form is available at www.dkg-zetazeta.org/DKGTuitionGrantApplication.pdf or by contacting Joe Anne Doyle at 925-837-5406.
Delta Kappa Gamma is an honorary association of more than 90,000 women educators in 18 countries with a mission to promote personal and professional growth and to support excellence in education.
Zeta Zeta Chapter, one of 175 chapters in California, is comprised of East Bay active and retired educators who also volunteer in community activities.
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