|[December 23, 2013]
Sleep Train and Sacramento Police Honored at Foster Santa Event
SACRAMENTO, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
This week's Foster Santa event provided a chance to recognize Sleep
and the Sacramento Police Department www.sacpd.org
for their hard work in helping Sacramento-area children and families in
need. On behalf of Sacramento County and EMQ FamiliesFirst,
Supervisor Don Nottoli announced resolutions honoring each organization
with a "2013 Above and Beyond Award" for their exemplary efforts to
improve the lives of Sacramento County's children and families. Darrell
Evora, president and CEO of EMQ FamiliesFirst, presented the award
plaques. EMQ FamiliesFirst http://www.emqff.org/
is California's largest children's services agency.
Supervisor Nottoli presenting 2013 Above and Beyond Awards to Sacramento Police Department and Sleep Train at Foster Santa event. (Photo: Business Wire)
The annual Foster Santa event is a party that EMQ FamiliesFirst has held
for nearly 40 years where gifts of new bicycles, helmets and locks are
given to children who would otherwise go without this holiday season.
Foster Santa is funded solely by private donations. This year, 175
children attended, and that same number of bikes, helmets and locks were
handed out after the CapCity Stunt Team www.capcitystunts.com
entertained the crowd showing their tricks on BMX bikes. Randy and Cindy
Gustavus represented Santa and Mrs. Claus and surprised the children,
creating much excitement and cheers before the new bikes were revealed.
"It was an honor to personally recognize and thank Sleep Train and our
Sacramento Police Department for their significant impact on this city's
youth," said Nottoli. "This recognition is well deserved."
In addition to the recognized honorees, Sleep Train and the Sacramento
Police Department, the event's lead sponsor, Union Pacific Railroad www.unionpacificrailroad.com
and other local businesses and community members were thanked for their
support, including California Automobile Museum www.calautomuseum.org,
Sacramento Wheelman's Club www.sacwheelmen.org,
Congregation Cycle Club http://congregationcyclingclub.com/,
Ink Monkey Graphics http://inkmonkeygraphics.com/,
Kohl's Cares www.kohlscorporation.com,
UC Davis Children's Hospital www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/children/,
and JEi Corporate Services www.jei-cs.com/.
This holiday celebration creates positive memories for deserving
children in the community such as foster children and children in need.
About EMQ FamiliesFirst
EMQ FamiliesFirst takes a state-of-the-art approach to children and
youth with complex behavioral health challenges: the agency combines
research-based behavioral health services (including evidence-based
therapies and psychiatric services) with a family-centered effort to
identify and address the social and other needs of the family.
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