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The Big Tell 2018: Orlando J. Gomez

Orlando Gomez was born and raised in Fresno, a place he will always call home, despite leaving at various times to pursue career opportunities. He has run his own production company, Stellar Lense Productions, Inc. for over 13 years and appreciates the...

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The Big Tell 2018: Jes Therkelsen

For most of us, rock bottom exists only in the deepest corners of our imagination; a nightmare scenario that fuels our fears and motivates our actions. We learn to spend our lives building safety nets to prevent such tragedies. But for those who have...

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The Big Tell 2018: Laura Gromis

Laura Gromis has been passionate about the environment since she was young. Her grandfather was a coal miner in what is now Poland. He also instilled in her a love of hiking, nature, and a keen curiosity to question the world we live in. Although...

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The Big Tell 2018: Hans Steele

Judo is a sport centered around the "Ippon," a perfectly executed throw of your opponent that scores an automatic win during a match. To achieve perfect form, techniques for hundreds of throws are practiced over and over again, in repetitive exercises...

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The Big Tell 2018: Sarah Linder Gonzales

Sarah Linder Gonzales is an amateur filmmaker and mother of five. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Sarah has a special place in her heart for service, particularly the work featured in her film, “Raisins Made with Love,” a...

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The Big Tell 2018: Rippin Sindher

Rippin Sindher is a 29-year-old East Indian filmmaker from Selma, CA. From an early age, she wrote stories, directed short videos, and acted in community theatre while her parents worked in the fields to make ends meet. She struggled to fully pursue her...

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The Big Tell 2018: Antony López

“The Oasis in the Sun” shares the history of Avenal, California, as told through the stories of 89-year-old Avenal resident Betty Weaver. Filmmaker Antony López has been interested in these stories since high school and it is his goal to capture narratives...

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The Big Tell 2018: Karen Dusek

You may remember a film from last year’s The Big Tell called: Literacy Empowers. It’s the amazing story of the adult literacy program at Mariposa County Library and the incredible impact that the program has on its participants. Karen Dusek, Senior Library...

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Featured Fund: Amelia’s Angels

Amelia Crystal Rodriguez was born on March 24, 2017. She came into the world as a miracle; Amelia was extremely premature, born at only 24 weeks and 5 days, and weighing only 1 lb 10 oz. She endured many medical procedures and many struggles,...

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SJVPGC/AFP 2018 Annual Symposium

When: June 15, 2018 Time: 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (Breakfast & Lunch will be provided) Student Ticket: $40 SJVPGC/AFP Member Ticket: $50 Non-Member Ticket: $60 Click here to purchase tickets. For more information, please contact Claudia Ruiz-Alvarez by...

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CVCF’s 2017 Year in Review

The end of the year is always a time for reflection. As our team at the Central Valley Community Foundation prepares for the year ahead, we’re also taking time to pause and reflect on what 2017 looked like for us. With a new President and CEO at the helm and a new...

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Get to Know Claudie Richardson: CVCF Fall ’17 Intern

At the Central Valley Community Foundation, an integral part of our work to build stronger communities through effective philanthropy is by fostering the next generation of leaders. This is why CVCF invests in programs like Next Generation Philanthropy, which paves...

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