Foodbank fundraiser brings in more than $160,000
The Idaho Foodbank’s 15th annual A Chefs’ Affaire, the Foodbank’s largest fundraiser, raised more than $160,000, according to a press release.
Sysco presented the event Sept. 12 at the Boise Centre, and sponsors included Albertsons, Agri Beef Co., the Idaho Beef Council, Intermountain Gas Co., Bank of America/Merrill Lynch and Today’s Channel 6. Course sponsors included Hewlett-Packard, Food Services of America and United Dairymen of Idaho. Special sponsors were Kendall Ford of Meridian, Rose Hill Coins and Jewelry, and Craig Stein Beverage. Michelle Edmonds, of Today’s Channel 6, was master of ceremonies.
Local chefs volunteered to produce the meal and to auction their time to prepare the meal. The volunteer chefs were corporate executive chef Patrick Rolfe and chefs Verne Hickman and Yvonne Anderson, of Sysco; chef Dean Fuller and his team, of Boise Hotel and Conference Center; chef Travis Levy and his team, of Bardenay; and chef Michael Mohica and his team, of Kanak Attack Catering.
Wells Fargo volunteers participate in Day of Caring
Wells Fargo employees in northern Idaho participated in the United Way Day of Caring the week of Sept. 16, spokeswoman Julie Fogerson said in an email.
The employees visited Lutherhaven Camp on Lake Coeur d’Alene to help with camp tasks. They painted, sanded and built picnic tables and split and stacked wood, working around the camp’s 100 sixth-graders.
Volunteers build garden boxes at Garfield Elementary
Whole Foods, Boise Urban Garden School and Let’s Move Boise sponsored the Kids Day of Service Sept. 10, during which volunteers spent two hours building garden boxes at Garfield Elementary School, Boise Parks & Recreation spokeswoman Amy Stahl said in an email.
Whole Foods recruited 70 volunteers who cut and hauled sod, leveled the garden area, built 16 garden boxes and filled them with topsoil. Eight boxes will stay at Garfield, and eight will be transported to Hawthorne Elementary School.
The event also featured free, healthy snacks, nutrition education and field games coordinated by Boise Parks & Recreation’s Mobile Recreation Van. Other partners included the Idaho Botanical Garden, Idaho State Department of Education, Timberline High School Tree Club members, Zamzow’s and the Junior League of Boise.
Jackson’s donation expands children’s swimming program
A $25,000 contribution by Jackson’s Food Stores has allowed the Treasure Valley Family YMCA to expand its Make a Splash program in Caldwell, according to a news release.
The donation is allowing 1,000 third-graders in Caldwell-area schools, including Homedale and Vallivue school districts, to participate in swimming classes during the school day.
Make a Splash is a national water safety initiative created by the USA Swimming Foundation with a goal of providing swimming lessons to children nationwide. Idaho has one of the highest drowning rates in the nation for young children, according to the news release, so the Y and its partners are trying to provide the program to every third-grader in the Treasure Valley.
Health care companies partner for hands-only CPR classes
Saint Alphonsus, Ada County Paramedics and Life Flight Network provided a free, chest-compression-only CPR class to nearly 100 Treasure Valley Residents Sept. 17, Saint Alphonsus spokeswoman Jennifer Krajnik said in an email.
Class participants practiced chest compressions on mannequins while learning about technique, speed and accuracy. They also learned the correct way to use an automated external defibrillator. Cardiologists Jennifer Anderson and Graham Wetherley spoke to the group about how to eat a diet that promotes heart health and overall ways to prevent heart disease.
The Saint Alphonsus Foundation also donated an automated external defibrillator to the Boise Rescue Mission, which had not had one on-site.
Newman’s Own grant supports Create Common Good programs
The Newman’s Own Foundation has given a $50,000 grant to Create Common Good in Boise, according to a news release.
Create Common Good will use the grant to support farm-to-plate experiential education programs for Treasure Valley Children. The nonprofit provides job training and employment opportunities at its commercial kitchen and farm and sells or donates food it produces to people in need.
The grant will help Create Common Good’s education programs remain financially viable.
“The impact we have through farming doesn’t always generate a financial return,” CEO Tara Russell said in the news release. “Nevertheless, it’s important for kids to get connected to where their food comes from.”
Wells Fargo provides financial education for students
Wells Fargo hosted a Student Financial Education Day Sept. 21 at all of its Idaho regional banking locations, according to a news release.
The event helped educate students and parents about the importance of money management, establishing credit and preparing to pay for college. The free workshop focused on creating a spending plan, protecting against identity theft and scams, using credit wisely, saving and investing, the financial aspects of homeownership, and how to start and manage a small business.