The Keaton Raphael Memorial
Monthly Meeting, July 14, 2003
Five Star Bank, Rocklin
Meeting began at 6:42pm.
Raffle Law reporting procedures were reiterated at a recent non-
profit seminar that Robyn attended. Non profits must report each
event at which they conduct a raffle. Our accountants have supplied
us with the appropriate form to fill out and submit. The penalty for
not doing so is being required to claim any raffle proceeds as
taxable income. Robyn will check into whether the Piatti event
qualifies since people receive a raffle with their admission price.
Robyn will be attending a luncheon next month sponsored by the
Rocklin Chamber of Commerce where the speaker will be Congressman
We will be meeting with our accountants soon to work up the projected
budget for 2003-2004.
Peggie reported as a reminder that we are still participating in the
Albertson’s Community Partner Program for those of you that shop
there. We continue to receive checks every three months or so of an
average of $50. Thanks to those of you who are helping in that way.
We received a letter letting us know that after August 1st they will
be linking the Partnership card with their Preferred Savings Card, so
you’ll only need one card. You should keep both until the
transition is complete.
With regard to the COPE Model Project, the group approved KRM
providing funding for the initial study at our June meeting.
However, the project is pending until a meeting can be held with Dr.
Some of you remember the Luigi Family. They are a Sacramento family
that has battled cancer for their son Lucas’s life. He and his
brother shaved their heads at our St. Baldrick's’event. Lucas’s
“Make A Wish” was a wonderful fishing expedition in Alaska, partly
because his half brother was there. Nate was stationed in Washington
with the Army. Tragically, just after the family returned from the
Alaska trip, Nate was killed in a motorcycle accident. He was 19
years old. Please keep the Luigis in your thoughts.
II. Events & Projects
Paula Salinger has a friend that will be having a “Womenade” get
together next month on August 14th. These are ladies potluck
evenings where the hostess chooses a charity and her guest come
prepared to give a donation. Paula’s friend has chosen The Keaton
Raphael Memorial as the recipient for her dinner, due to Paula &
Adam’s involvement with us. Checks will be made payable directly to
KRM and donors will receive receipts to use for tax deductions.
The Rocklin Chamber event, “Hot Chili, Cool Cars” will be held
September 27th. We had applied to be the “host” charity which
involves assembling and then selling the chili kits for
$5(approximately 2,000), and receiving 50% of those profits.
However, the Chamber has chosen the Foothill Volunteer Center as this
year’s recipient. We were planning to be at the event anyway, so we
will probably come up with an adaptation of the HERO bracelets we did
with the children last year. Discussion followed regarding colored,
larger beads to represent words like Hope and Courage, rather than
the letter beads which are more expensive.
Peggie gave some updated information about The Pampered Chef
Fundraiser that was discussed last month. She contacted the Maidu
Community Center and their non-profit rental rate is $895 with an 8-
hour minimum. Friday Sept. 5th is available, but not Saturday the
6th. There is also a $500 damage deposit required which is returned
if all is well. A security guard will also be required.
The Sunset Community Center in Rocklin gave a rate of $375
for a minimum of 6 hours. The refundable damage deposit with them is
$250. Peggie was in contact with the Rocklin Police Department and was
told a security guard would also be required. Checking with one agency,
that cost runs about $25 per hour with a 4-hour minimum. The group felt
that we should look for an alternative to the above costs. The multiple
vendor idea was discussed as to whether other vendors would be willing
to give the same 60/40 split that Pampered Chef’s program offers. The
question of method of product delivery was also brought up. KRM
doesn’t want to have that job.
Christina Nichols brought up their friend Meredith whose family
have been KRM supporters for some time. (Her husband shaved his head)
Meredith has had an “open house” on her property with plenty of room
for vendors, lots of people, and parking. Christina will check to see
if Meredith is agreeable to hosting this event. The question of
liability was brought up if wine was to be provided. Is the host’s
liability changed if wine is sold rather than given? Is a permit
required and would the host need a rider on their homeowners insurance?
The office will look into these issues.
Christina knows that Meredith is unavailable for our target date
of September 5th, so the group looked at Friday, September 12th, with the
event running from 2pm-6pm possibly. Christina & Kim volunteered to
work with the office to coordinate this event.
Through Robyn’s involvement with the group at UC Davis, she has been
asked to speak at the “Fighting Childhood Cancer as a Family”
presentation along with Patricia Fine, MSW, on Tuesday July 22nd.
Robyn will speak as a parent and will talk about emotional issues and
Patricia will speak from the clinical point of view. Flyers were on
the table and anyone is invited to RSVP for the luncheon. Our Family
Grant families received these flyers in their mailing last week.
The Resource Center project is taking off. A research assistant has
been assigned to put together a proposal for the Center. Robyn has
had a tele-conference with her.
The Optimists have put together a Childhood Cancer Walk for August
16th at 8AM. The group, nationally, has a Childhood Cancer Campaign
and specific regions have done projects, however, locally there has
not been as much activity. Robyn has been keeping them up to speed
on our projects. She received an email from them about this upcoming
walk and they have invited our involvement. It’s so close to our
tournament, that we said that we would be happy to spread the word
and have flyers available when they are received. Unfortunately,
they didn’t plan the event for September for Awareness Month.
A mailing went out last week, thanks to a lot of help from Linda
Campbell, to our Family Grant families. It included the letter and
survey that Robyn discussed at our June meeting. The hope is that
some will be open to completing and returning the survey for use in
interviews and articles, especially in September. If so, a wider
representation of experiences can be reported. The letter did
include a disclaimer in case it is received at a “particularly
difficult time”. We included our Event and Project Calendar to try
to keep the families connected to what we’re doing.
The Liam Fund’s RiverCats Fundraiser Event flyers were available on
the table. It’s August 20th.
Heather Pimental’s daughters are involved in the Eureka/Granite Bay
4-H. Their group held a dessert auction and wanted to use the funds
for a child-related charity project. They voted to help KRM. They
contacted Robyn as to where they could help best. She let them know
that the Infusion Room at UCD Pediatric Oncology still had a wish
list. Based on that list, the children shopped at Learning Express
to make their choices. They spent 2 hours doing that! Learning
Express graciously gave a 25% discount, so they were able to get $450
worth of merchandise for the $350 they had raised! A couple of the
4-H families then were able to make a presentation of the items and
have a tour of the Infusion Room. Shella Pimental wrote an article
about their experience for their 4-H Newsletter. Terri said she
would like any photos taken for our scrapbook and Robyn said she’s
like a copy of Shella’s article. Learning Express has been so
supportive over the years. Robyn relayed the story about when Keaton
was in the hospital and said he felt like he was on another planet.
Aunt Debi Nelson had gone into Learning Express looking for a gift
and told Keaton’s story to Craig there. He donated an inflatable
globe so that Debi could show him where he really was!
Robyn is scheduled to appear on the Midday Show on Channel 10
tomorrow, the 15th. The show begins at 11AM.
III. Golf Tournament
Sponsorships—Robyn brought over the board showing the current
sponsors. We would still really like to get Breakfast, Lunch and
Award sponsors. These items we must pay for anyway, so these
sponsors help underwrite the cost. Christina let Robyn know that she
should give a call to Five Star Car Wash, based on a conversation
Christina had with the owner. Terri reported that Frontier Fence has
given a verbal for a sponsorship, but the level is unknown yet. JTS
Communication will probably be a Hole Sponsor and Downtown Ford will
also sponsor a Hole. Heather will check with the company that just
did her fence. They did wonderful work and received several more
jobs from her recommendations.
As far as golfers go, we are a little more than half way sold.
Anyone knowing of golfers that would like to play, get them to at
least call in to lock in a spot.
Debbie Seaman mentioned that we might consider purchasing mailing
labels from the Chambers to do a mailing. Robyn will check into
Tee bags—We make 200 each year, so our luncheon guests often end
up with them also. Terri is working on items. There are 24-Hour
Fitness shirts, tees from Wood Rodgers, tee sets from Wells Fargo,
& Jamba mugs. Debbie Seaman said the donation from Blue Diamond
Almonds would come in the beginning of August. Five Star Bank has
a donation of small bags of chips with Five Star chip clips.
We’ll use those for the snack bags on the carts. Gisele Rhodes
said she would donate something for tee bags and spoke with Terri
about possibly mints, or chapstick or sunscreen.
Marketing—Heather reported that a press release was sent to the
Rocklin Chamber in June, but we haven’t seen it in the
newsletter. Debbie Seaman will check with Mary Jo tomorrow. It
did appear on the Sacramento Chamber’s e-newsletter. It should
be running on the Roseville Channel. It will be sent out again to
the newspapers. Vince Mastracco made mention of it in
“Publinks”. The Thank You Ad will appear in the September
Sacramento Magazine, they will receive a Tee sign and we’ll hang
their banner. Heather will also check with them as to whether
they will have magazines available for the tee bags.
Volunteers—Kim and Cheri will meet this week to plug everyone in.
We have lots of folks who can stay all day, which will make it
much easier. We are very close to the goal of 35 volunteers that
was set. Job assignments will be mailed 1-2 weeks prior to the
orientation meeting-Sunday, August 17th @ 2:30pm. Directions to
Cheri’s house will also be included.
Snacks for Carts—Debora Breiten couldn’t be here but reported to
Robyn that she continues to work on items. She has contacted the
grocery stores and they are checking with their distributors.
Auction/Raffle—Peggie reported some of the newer prizes secured.
Terri & Steve Balbierz were able to get 4 VIP box seats for the
Oakland Raiders v San Diego Chargers for 9/28 with food included!
This has a $4,000 value! A 3 mos. Family membership for CA Family
Fitness has come in worth $450. We have several southern CA
amusement parks covered and she is still working on getting
lodging to go with them. We are in very good shape—we have 10
Live Auction prizes already and the smaller stuff has finally been
coming in for $1 raffle. Robyn has made another request to Erika
at the Kings to try to get players to the tourney in some
capacity. Peggie will contact the Palms in Vegas directly per a
Debbie Seaman, Terri and Kim had a separate discussion
regarding the $1 raffle procedure improvements.
Anyone that is working the tournament and does not have the
new version of our golf shirt, needs to sign up with their size on
the list. These will be ordered ASAP. Invite people to join us
for the luncheon, we still have room and the cost is $30.
Anyone that owns walkie-talkies, please bring them to the
orientation meeting. These will be a great help on tourney day.
Entertainment Book Time is Here! Christina Nichols will chair
that committee and will do all set ups now. Debbie Stehn from
Entertainment only does those as a courtesy for new organizations.
Christina was also able to speak with Debbie about the information
that Peggie had received from a real estate agent with regard to our
idea of marketing the books to realtors as client gifts. Apparently,
the company that owns Entertainment also owns many of the big realty
companies such as Remax, Century 21, Coldwell Banker, Lyon, etc. They
are all offered “employee” discounts for books at the cost of $21.
We will still pursue the idea of contacting the new homebuilders in
the area. There will not be a push for them on the golf course at
the tournament as the group has agreed to respect the golfers focus.
Christina will contact vendors from last year and encouraged anyone
with ideas of a high traffic business that might be interested to
take a form. The books will arrive right around tournament time. We
will have them at our September meeting for anyone that would like to
take some to sell.
Steve Geiger that has handled our website for some time and donates
all of his time for that as well as the brochures, etc., got married
recently. He and his wife had decided to give gold ribbon pins as
their wedding favors! He created a special card on velum to express
The meeting ended at approximately 8:20pm