Community Involvement Day: Thank You, Nevada County

Wow – what a giving community! At Monday’s Community Involvement Day at the Fairgrounds, 107 blood donors were registered and 84 pints of blood (enough to help 272 people) for BloodSource; more than 700 books were collected for Story Club; 1,800 pounds of food were donated to the Food Bank; bins full of toiletries were collected for Nevada County 211 (and donated to SPIRIT Peer Empowerment Center); clothing, toiletries, kitchen and bathroom products, gift cards and school supplies were collected for Community Beyond Violence; $700 of crafts were donated to NEO; 246 prescription eye glasses and 16 hearing aids were donated to Foothill Lions; 111 dresses were collected for Cinderella Project; and enough clothes were donated to The Karing Closet for 200 kids to have a first day of school outfit.  Additionally, 27 individuals, including 11 children, received no-cost vision services!  Thank you, thank you, Nevada County!
 
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Free Glaucoma and Vision Screening Services Part of Community Involvement Day (July 31)

The Foothill Lions Club, in conjunction with the Northern California Lions Sight Association, will provide free glaucoma and vision screening services for adults and children at the Nevada County Fair’s Community Involvement Day on Monday, July 31, from 1 – 6 pm at Gate 1 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

For the event, the Lions will utilize the Northern California Lions Sight Associations Vision Screening Unit, a fully-equipped motorhome that is designed to offer no-cost glaucoma and visual screening services to those who otherwise might not be able to afford it. The services are available for adults and children, and special tests will be provided to children ages 6 months to 6 years old using our PlusOptix equipment. The Lions Club will be staffing the unit, and local optometrists – Dr. Kirschbaum, OD; Dr. Jerry Chan, OD; and Dr. Tiffany Chan, OD – will volunteer their services for the day. The screening event is free, as the Foothill Lions Club covers all costs.

“Eye exams are so important, “said Tom Sigler, Foothill Lions Club president. “It’s especially important to have a child’s eyes checked at an early age.  Often, children go undiagnosed for years, which can cause a child to fall behind in school. With early detection, this can be avoided.”

The Lions Vision Van is provided as part of Community Involvement Day, a day to donate items to nonprofit organizations – the Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, Nevada County 2-1-1, NEO Youth Center, Story Club, Community Beyond Violence (formerly Domestic Violence Coalition), Cinderella Project, and The Karing Closet – in exchange for coupons for buy one, get one admission tickets to the Fair.  Or, donate blood through BloodSource on that day and receive a free admission ticket to the Fair.  The organizations will be at the Fairgrounds Gate 1 main parking lot on Monday, July 31, from 1 – 6 pm, to receive donated items to receive coupons.

 

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Fairgrounds and Community Organizations Team Up for Community Involvement Day

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 20, 2017

Contact: Patrick Eidman, Deputy Manager
(530) 273-6217; Patrick@ NevadaCountyFair.com

Nevada County Fairgrounds And Community Organizations Team Up For Community Involvement Day On July 31
Participate and receive buy one, get one coupons for admission tickets to the Fair

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is teaming up with local, nonprofit organizations – the Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, Nevada County 2-1-1, NEO Youth Center, Story Club, Community Beyond Violence (formerly Domestic Violence Coalition), Cinderella Project, The Karing Closet, and BloodSource – on July 31 for Community Involvement Day. This is a day to donate items to these nonprofit organizations, while also receiving coupons for buy one, get one admission tickets to the Fair.  Or, donate blood through BloodSource on that day and receive a free admission ticket to the Fair. The organizations will be at the Fairgrounds Gate 1 main parking lot on Monday, July 31, from 1 – 6 pm, to receive donations of any of the items listed below.

Food Bank of Nevada County: Donate four cans of food.

Foothill Lions: Donate an old hearing aid or old prescription eye glasses.

Nevada County 2-1-1: Donate new/unopened toiletries, including soap, shampoo, shaving cream, disposable razors, toothpaste/toothbrushes, mouthwash, deodorant, toilet paper, paper towels, sanitary wipes, tampons and pads, Chapstick, sunblock and Band-Aids.

NEO: Donate paper, paint supplies, glue sticks, paper towels, sharpies, general craft supplies, packaged snacks, scissors, paint brushes, blank canvases, ping pong and foosball supplies, yoga mats, and music equipment.

Story Club: Donate two new or slightly used children’s books, or chapter books for teens. 

Community Beyond Violence (former Domestic Violence Coalition): Donate gift cards for local merchants for groceries, clothing, gas, bus passes, movie passes, calling cards, shelter supplies and maintenance; kitchen products; pre-paid phones; new socks and underwear; toiletries; bedding (twin and full size).

Cinderella Project:  Donate clean, age-appropriate items from your closet, including prom dresses and semi-formal dresses (all sizes, styles and colors); new or like new high heels, especially ones with sparkle or black strappy styles; jewelry with an emphasis on sparkle (no pearls/costume pearls); hair ornaments, tiaras; and small handbags/clutches.

The Karing Closet: Donate boxes of XL or Jumbo Ziploc bags, packages of index cards, poster board, banker’s boxes, or one new or gently-used school-ready outfit (from children’s size 5 to Junior’s size 16) in a large Ziploc marked bag. No garbage bags full of clothing.

BloodSource:  For a free admission ticket to the Fair, make a blood donation at the BloodSource bloodmobile located in the Gate 1 parking lot at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. For information and eligibility about blood donation, visit www.bloodsource.org.

Those who donate items to the Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, NEO, Story Club, Community Beyond Violence, Nevada County 2-1-1, Cinderella Project, and The Karing Closet will receive a coupon to buy one advance special $6 admission ticket and receive one free. That’s two for the price of one!   

Those who make a blood donation at the BloodSource bloodmobile will receive a free admission ticket to any day of the Fair.

Feel free to donate to any one organization or all of them! To receive your coupons or free tickets, all donations must be brought to the Gate 1 parking lot at the Fairgrounds on July 31 between 1- 6 pm.  Coupons (buy one, get one free) received for donations must be redeemed during pre-sale dates, which take place until August 8. Presale discounted tickets will be available for purchase on Community Involvement Day at Guest Services, Gate 1.

Also at this year’s Community Involvement Day, the Foothills Lions Club, in conjunction with the Northern California Lions Sight Association, will provide free vision screening services to adults and children. For the event, the Lions will utilize the Northern California Lions Sight Associations Vision Screening Unit, a fully-equipped motorhome that is designed to offer no-cost glaucoma and visual screening services to those who otherwise might not be able to afford it. The services are available for adults and children, and special tests will be provided to children ages 6 months to 6 years old using our PlusOptix equipment. Local optometrists – Dr. Kirschbaum, OD; Dr. Jerry Chan, OD; and Dr. Tiffany Chan, OD – will volunteer their services for the day. The testing will be done at Community Involvement Day on Monday, July 31, from 1 – 6 pm, at Gate 1 at the Fairgrounds.

This year’s Fair is August 9 – 13. 

Fairgrounds and Community Organizations Team Up for Community Involvement Day

 

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is teaming up with local, nonprofit organizations – the Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, Nevada County 2-1-1, NEO Youth Center, Story Club, Community Beyond Violence (formerly Domestic Violence Coalition), Cinderella Project, The Karing Closet, and BloodSource – on July 31 for Community Involvement Day. This is a day to donate items to these nonprofit organizations, while also receiving coupons for buy one, get one admission tickets to the Fair.  Or, donate blood through BloodSource on that day and receive a free admission ticket to the Fair. The organizations will be at the Fairgrounds Gate 1 main parking lot on Monday, July 31, from 1 – 6 pm, to receive donations of any of the items listed below.

Food Bank of Nevada County: Donate four cans of food.

Foothill Lions: Donate an old hearing aid or old prescription eye glasses.

Nevada County 2-1-1: Donate new/unopened toiletries, including soap, shampoo, shaving cream, disposable razors, toothpaste/toothbrushes, mouthwash, deodorant, toilet paper, paper towels, sanitary wipes, tampons and pads, Chapstick, sunblock and Band-Aids.

NEO: Donate paper, paint supplies, glue sticks, paper towels, sharpies, general craft supplies, packaged snacks, scissors, paint brushes, blank canvases, ping pong and foosball supplies, yoga mats, and music equipment.

Story Club: Donate two new or slightly used children’s books, or chapter books for teens. 

Community Beyond Violence (former Domestic Violence Coalition): Donate gift cards for local merchants for groceries, clothing, gas, bus passes, movie passes, calling cards, shelter supplies and maintenance; kitchen products; pre-paid phones; new socks and underwear; toiletries; bedding (twin and full size).

Cinderella Project:  Donate clean, age-appropriate items from your closet, including prom dresses and semi-formal dresses (all sizes, styles and colors); new or like new high heels, especially ones with sparkle or black strappy styles; jewelry with an emphasis on sparkle (no pearls/costume pearls); hair ornaments, tiaras; and small handbags/clutches.

The Karing Closet: Donate boxes of XL or Jumbo Ziploc bags, packages of index cards, poster board, banker’s boxes, or one new or gently-used school-ready outfit (from children’s size 5 to Junior’s size 16) in a large Ziploc marked bag. No garbage bags full of clothing.

BloodSource:  For a free admission ticket to the Fair, make a blood donation at the BloodSource bloodmobile located in the Gate 1 parking lot at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. For information and eligibility about blood donation, visit www.bloodsource.org.

Those who donate items to the Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, NEO, Story Club, Community Beyond Violence, Nevada County 2-1-1, Cinderella Project, and The Karing Closet will receive a coupon to buy one advance special $6 admission ticket and receive one free. That’s two for the price of one!   

Those who make a blood donation at the BloodSource bloodmobile will receive a free admission ticket to any day of the Fair.

Feel free to donate to any one organization or all of them! To receive your coupons or free tickets, all donations must be brought to the Gate 1 parking lot at the Fairgrounds on July 31 between 1- 6 pm.  Coupons (buy one, get one free) received for donations must be redeemed during pre-sale dates, which take place until August 8. Presale discounted tickets will be available for purchase on Community Involvement Day at Guest Services, Gate 1.

Also at this year’s Community Involvement Day, the Foothills Lions Club, in conjunction with the Northern California Lions Sight Association, will provide free vision screening services to adults and children. For the event, the Lions will utilize the Northern California Lions Sight Associations Vision Screening Unit, a fully-equipped motorhome that is designed to offer no-cost glaucoma and visual screening services to those who otherwise might not be able to afford it. The services are available for adults and children, and special tests will be provided to children ages 6 months to 6 years old using our PlusOptix equipment. Local optometrists – Dr. Kirschbaum, OD; Dr. Jerry Chan, OD; and Dr. Tiffany Chan, OD – will volunteer their services for the day. The testing will be done at Community Involvement Day on Monday, July 31, from 1 – 6 pm, at Gate 1 at the Fairgrounds.

This year’s Fair is August 9 – 13. 

Categories: Events, Nevada County Fair, and Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Community Involvement Day: July 31 (Donate and Receive Coupons for Discounted Admission Tickets)

Community Involvement Day PosterLooking for a way to get discounted (buy one, get one free) tickets to the Fair? Mark your calendar for Community Involvement Day, July 31, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Participate and donate items to participating local nonprofit organizations, and you will receive coupons for buy one, get one free Fair admission tickets. Or, donate blood at the bloodmobile at the Fairgrounds on that day, and receive a free admission ticket. For a list of items to donate, visit here.

Categories: Events, Nevada County Fair, and Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Nevada County Fair Featured in Fair Dealer

The Nevada County Fair is featured in this month’s Fair Dealer for the Merrill Award we received for Community Involvement Day. Go, team, go!! This year’s Community Involvement Day is July 31, and we hope you can join us and find out why this program is so recognition-worthy!!
 
Categories: Events, Nevada County Fair, and Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Happy Retirement, Robin Hauck!

Please join us in saying goodbye to Robin Hauck, who is retiring this week after 38 years in the Fair industry, including serving as the Deputy Manager at the Nevada County Fairgrounds since 2009.  Robin has been a valuable part of our team – she is our go-to livestock expert, and the founder of Community Involvement Day and Ag-Sperience at the Fair.  Happy retirement, Robin.  Thank you for your service, and you will be missed.

Categories: Announcements and Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Merrill Award

Look what we received in the office this week? The Western Fair Association’s Merrill Award, which is the Fair industry’s highest honor! We won the award in January for the Fair’s Community Involvement Day, but now we have the actual award in our office. Thank you to the Fairgrounds team, and our amazing and giving community for making this award possible. So, so proud!

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Nevada County Fairgrounds Wins Fair Industry’s Prestigious Merrill Award

The Nevada County Fairgrounds has been selected as the recipient of the Western Fairs Association’s (WFA) prestigious Merrill Award for its Community Involvement Day. WFA made the announcement in Reno on Wednesday at its annual convention, where more than 1,000 Fair CEOs, directors, staff, delegates and Fair-related professionals from throughout the Western United States attend to celebrate the industry and its accomplishments in 2016.

The Merrill Award, named in honor of WFA founder Louis Merrill, is the highest honor a Fairgrounds can receive, and is given to a program that demonstrates innovation, vision, and excellence.

“To receive this award is truly an honor for the Fairgrounds, the community, and the organizations who shared the passion and goal of Community Involvement Day,” said Rea Callender, CEO of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “We’re proud of this community program, and we’re so pleased that the industry recognized its impact and importance.  Special recognition goes to Robin Hauck, Deputy Manager at the Fairgrounds, for her vision of this program.”

After years of incorporating community giving into the Fair lineup, the Nevada County Fairgrounds decided to further showcase community nonprofit organizations by providing a separate Community Involvement Day. By creating a special donation opportunity, a week prior to the Fair, the Fairgrounds connected the community directly with local nonprofits. The first Community Involvement Day was held in 2014 as a day to donate items to nonprofit organizations, while also receiving discounted admission tickets to the Fair.  The Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, Nevada County 2-1-1, NEO Youth Center, BloodSource, Story Club, and the Domestic Violence Coalition are among the charities who have participated in Community Involvement Day.

Through this program, 295 new blood donors have been registered, 254 pints of life saving blood have been collected, more than 1,700 books have been donated, 6,000 pounds of food have been donated to feed those in need, school supplies have been gathered for more than 100 families, and 1,198 glasses and 20 hearing aids have been donated to Foothill Lions.

In addition to receiving the Merrill Award, the Nevada County Fairgrounds received 15 WFA Achievement Awards, which recognize the best practices of Fairs in a variety of categories. The Nevada County Fairgrounds received recognition for its work in Ag-Sperience, digital advertising, social media, the Fairgrounds Foundation Speaker Series, Califia Café, and Treat Street shade.  

The 2017 Nevada County Fair, “Sea you at the Fair,” is August 9 – 13; and the 2017 Community Involvement Day will be held on July 31 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.  

Merrill Award winners

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Nevada County Fair Nominated for Merrill Award

Congratulations to the Nevada County Fairgrounds on their nomination for Community Involvement Day for the Western Fair’s Association’s Merrill Award. We’re so very proud of this program and our community for supporting local nonprofits and donating on this day – and happy to see it receiving some much-deserved recognition in the Fair industry. Check out the feature story on our Facebook page.

Categories: Nevada County Fair.