CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014
The Northern California couple who found rare gold coins in eight tin cans buried on their property said they will donate some of the proceeds to charity. John and Mary came upon the $28,000 in U.S. gold coins last year on their daily walk. When they realized what they had found, they dug a hole in their wood pile, placed the 1,400 coins in bags and boxes in an old ice chest and buried them again. The pair had walked the path on their gold country property for years before they spotted the edge of a rusty can peeking out of the moss last February.
February 26, 2014 |
Seth Rogen visited Capitol Hill on Wednesday not to discuss the legalization of marijuana, nor to shoot the third season of Netflix's "House of Cards . " No, Mr. Rogen went to Washington to make a case for Alzheimer's disease research. Yeah, we're just as surprised as you are. The "This Is the End" star, 31, who serves as an Alzheimer's Assn. celebrity champion, addressed a Senate committee about the neurodegenerative disorder and opened up about the plight of his mother-in-law, Adele, his authenticity punctuated with self-deprecating humor during a hearing about the rising cost of Alzheimer's.
February 25, 2014 |
Jockeys are some of the most courageous athletes around. But they're about to be tested. A group of jockeys riding at Santa Anita will take on middle school students from Arcadia Holy Angels in a charity basketball game on Thursday night at 7:15 p.m. at Pasadena La Salle High. Proceeds benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and the Eye on Jacob Foundation. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $5 if you purchase two and fans will receive one general admission ticket to Santa Anita.
January 31, 2014 |
It seems to happen at a disturbingly frequent rate. A massive typhoon, hurricane, earthquake, tsunami or other horrible catastrophe occurs. The media show heart-wrenching images of disaster beyond anything most people have seen or could even begin to imagine. People want to help; it is human nature to want to help. And many aid agencies offer just that opportunity as they fundraise for relief efforts. But if we give to them, does it actually make a difference? This isn't about deceitful and fraudulent charities.
January 18, 2014 |
I took my second trip with Guatemala Charities Fundraisers Tours in November. Their aim is to help women's and children's charities in Guatemala, and their trips are wonderful and inexpensive. There are many opportunities to meet local people, appreciate the culture and enjoy the gorgeous scenery. Visits to Antigua, Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlán and its Maya villages are all highlights. Guatemala Charities Fund Raisers Tours; (949) 387-7163, firstname.lastname@example.org , http://www.sellin.com/GCFR/14S.html Mary Lou Sortais By email
January 13, 2014 |
Tens of thousands of people donated money to the One Fund, the charity created by officials after the Boston Marathon bombings . Victims received get-well cards from around the country, as well as flowers and notes of encouragement from total strangers. Overwhelmed by the outpouring of support, some of the victims have focused their attention on creating new charities -- not for themselves, but for others who have faced similar obstacles, out of the spotlight. Jarrod Clowery, who was pierced by shrapnel during the bombings, says that in his darkest days after the bombings, he'd go into the bathroom of his hospital room, take off his bandages, and start picking at the pieces of jeans embedded in his skin until he bled.