Ripon Police Department Volunteers in Police Service donated $500 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Ride to Cure. Cyclists worldwide are raising money to fund research for better treatments and a cure for diabetes. Officer Stephen Meece, in his off-duty time, participates in fundraising events to support the research foundation.
Valley First Credit Union on Monday will donate 160 stuffed animals to the Modesto Police Department to be given to less fortunate children. As part of Valley First Credit Unions annual employee team-building day, more than 150 employees from 12 branches in the Central Valley will participate in a Build-A-Bear event. Staff from the Police Department will be on hand to accept the donation. The event is being held at 3 p.m. at the Modesto S.O.S. Club, 819 Sunset Ave.
Two men with Modesto ties were among the seven honored with awards of distinction from the University of California, Davis, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences on Friday. One went to Bob Curtis, associate director for agricultural affairs at the Almond Board of California, based in Modesto. He was honored for his work as a liaison between the industry and researchers. And Modesto-raised Neal Van Alfen, who served as dean of the college for 13 years, was honored for that service and his continuing work as a professor of plant pathology.
Mantecas Agape Villages, an adoption organization, received an Angel in Adoption Award for its efforts in providing foster care for children. The agency was nominated by Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, who presented the award to Agape officials Joann Beattie and Cheryl Youngblood on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.
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