Giving Back

Hello and Happy Holidays to our community of readers! It’s hard to believe that December is already here and the holiday season (my favorite time of the year) is in full swing.

This month’s issue is not just about the holidays though; it is also about giving back. In this issue, you’ll meet Curt Rocca, a local executive and our hometown hero. Through his tremendous efforts, Rocca’s annual golf tournament raised nearly three-quarters of a million dollars for several charities this year. Be sure to read about him in the article on his Capital Cup 2016.

Next, we share the heartwarming story of Michelle Nicolette, who went from homeless to employed and living independently, thanks to support from St. John’s Program for Real Change. December is a month when many generous people open their wallets and donate to charitable organizations. So, if this story touches your heart, like it did mine, we’ve included more information about St. John’s Program and how you can help.

We also include another installment of Real Wives, featuring Justice Elena Duarte, one of 11 judges on the Court of Appeals, Third Appellate District. Duarte, an inspiration to young Latina women in our community, shares the story of her career, volunteer work and personal life. You’ll enjoy getting to know her.

Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra’s Wells Fargo Home for the Holidays is a favorite every year in December and you won’t want to miss it. But, we got a chance to stop by and learn more about their music, their members and their year-round contributions to our local arts community.

We also introduce you to Chef Joe Thompson, although you may already know him from his appearances on KCRA 3 and Fox 40 TV channels. Busy with both his restaurant and catering business, Joe has a passion for food, family and baseball.

We have several holiday themed events on the calendar so be sure to check them out if you are looking for a fun outing this December.

We went to the Sacramento International Horse Show and mingled with horse lovers and participants. We also attended a parade at the Sacramento Food Bank to celebrate a three month long campaign with local businesses to collect canned goods and foods. Check our Good Times section to see if we caught you on camera.

Oh, I almost forgot. Because the holidays are here and we thought you might be a little busy, we put together a Holiday Gift Guide. We include ideas for her, for him and for your favorite home chef.

We wish you and your family the most wonderful, blessed and happy holiday season!

My best,

Pam Baker, Editor