Blood and food drives add to Red Day 2012
Prizes will be offered
The city of Palmdale, the Antelope Valley Mall and the Westside Union School District will celebrate Red Day 2012 festivities with a blood drive and food drive today, May 10, at Keller Williams, located at 1401 West Rancho Vista Blvd.
The blood drive will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Blood and food donors will receive an opportunity ticket to be eligible to win prizes. Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford will be the featured guest speaker. People are encouraged to drop off their non-perishable food items at Keller Williams between 8:30 am and 5:30 p.m.
The food drive, which began April 20, will conclude at the 5-K Walk, part two of the Red Day festivities, which will be held on Sunday, May 20. The walk will begin at 8 am at the parking lot outside the Keller Williams office.
Registration for the walk is $15. Onsite registration will also be accepted. Sign in will begin at 7 am.
Walkers who raise $100 or more in sponsorships will be eligible for prizes. A grand prize will be awarded to the walker with the most money in pledges over $100.
All proceeds from the events will benefit the South Antelope Valley Emergency Services (SAVES), the WAVE Foundation of the Westside Union School District, Grace Resources and the Painted Turtle.
PALMDALE, Calif.—Get your walking shoes on because the city of Palmdale and Keller Williams Realty of the Antelope Valley are recruiting residents for a charity 5K Walk Saturday to raise funds for local charities. The event is wrapping up the city’s RED (Renew, Energize, Donate) Day activities, which took place throughout the month of May.
Keller Williams Realty, in conjunction with Palmdale and the Antelope Valley Mall, announced the results of their recent Red Day events.
Between their food drive and Red Day Walk, the groups raised $12,645 in cash and more than 10,000 pounds of food for local charities including South Antelope Valley Emergency Services (SAVES), Grace Resources, the WAVE Foundation and the American Cancer Society.
Palmdale’s South Antelope Valley Emergency Services (SAVES) food and shelter program, a participant in the 16th Annual Feinstein Challenge, is nearly halfway to its goal of raising 20,000 pounds of food, all of which will be eligible for matching funds.
“We raised 9,430 pounds of food during the month of March,” said SAVES Coordinator Patricia Morales. “Our goal is to raise 20,000 by the end of April. For every dollar or pound of food we raise, the Feinstein Foundation will match it with a dollar, up to $30,000.”
Palmdale’s South Antelope Valley Emergency Services (SAVES) food and shelter program is seeking individuals, groups, churches, organizations and schools to participate in the 16th annual Feinstein Challenge, which will provide matching funds to various charitable organizations.
For the 16th consecutive year, Alan Shawn Feinstein, through the Feinstein Foundation, will divide $1 million among nonprofit hunger-fighting agencies nationwide using the challenge as a catalyst to help them raise funds this March and April.
After years of planning, followed by delays, lawsuits, recession and a slow economic recovery, the California High Speed Rail Project will at last begin construction this summer. The first major leg will stretch from Madera to Fresno in the Central Valley, and then extend 114 miles south to Bakersfield. A second portion will run from Palmdale, through Victorville and onto Las Vegas, Nev.