Becky Crow, who served in the Air Force, is now the executive director of the Veterans Foundation of Stanislaus County. The foundation recently formed as a nonprofit to partner with the city of Modesto and Stanislaus County to create a one-stop service center for Stanislaus County military veterans and their families. The planned facility will include a banquet hall with room for up to 500 people. She will spearhead the fundraising effort to furnish and equip the veterans hall, the kitchen and meeting rooms. Planning for the Veterans Day parade is underway. Entry applications are available at Veterans Service Office at 121 Downey Ave., Suite 102, Modesto, CA 95354. Veterans are invited to walk in the parade, which will include a special section for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, for whom no entry application is required. Donations may be sent to 121 Downey Ave., Suite 102, Modesto, CA 95354. Crow can be contacted at 209-484-7166 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Turlock resident a Panetta Institute intern
Josephine Hazelton of Turlock, a senior at California State University, Stanislaus, is serving as a Panetta Institute intern. She is a political science major, nominated for the internship by school President Joe Sheley and selected by former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. Hazelton studied public policy in Monterey before going to Washington, D.C., where she will spend the rest of the semester working in the office of Rep. Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, who represents the 2nd Congressional District. Hazelton attended Turlock schools before graduating from Turlock High in 2013.
Arnold scholarship winners named
The ninth annual fundraiser for Grant and Jason Arnold Scholarships is scheduled for Oct. 3 at the Escalon Sportsman’s Club. The scholarships are given in honor of Grant Arnold, a former Davis High School and Modesto Junior College wrestler who died after suffering a massive heart attack while driving his car in 2005. Grant’s son, Jason, died in an auto accident in 2008.
Since its inception, community support has enabled the nonprofit foundation to provide $1,000 awards to 85 students. The 2015 winners included Frank Trent, Max Stevens and Logan Eaton of Oakdale High; and Violet Leone Rivers, Julianne Victorino, Julianna Antonacci, Adam Roberson, Marc Ney, Amanda Aguilar, Wesley Dick, A.J. Camarena and Cody Franks of Escalon High.
The 2016 scholarships will be funded through proceeds from Saturday night’s dinner-dance and auction. Organizers Sheri Arnold (Grant Arnold’s widow); her son, Bryan Arnold; and his wife, Shauna, are still accepting silent auction items and/or cash donations. The Escalon Sportsman’s Club is on River Road south of Escalon. The event begins with cocktails at 5:30 p.m.. Tickets are $50. For more information, call Bryan Arnold at 209-603-0205 or mail donations to 2425 Thaddeous Drive, Escalon, CA 95320.
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