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Upbeat Book “Sonoma County Baby” Will Honor Those Born Here


By Gary Quackenbush

UPBEAT TIMES • February 2013 • 3


SANTA ROSA, CA. ~ Already rich in a tradition of giving, Fiorino's Lounge gathered it's customers and staff to pull together a benefit for the Red Cross East Coast relief effort to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy. "Our bar out did itself for this one" said Joey Avalos who manages the popular Rincon Valley lounge for his parents Joe and Ellen Avalos. "Our day and eve- ning bartenders fell ill at the last moment, but our custom- ers and off duty staff took the reigns to make the event, witch raised

$1427.75 mak-

ing it a success!" The evening included live provided


SANTA ROSA, CA. ~ If you were born in Sonoma County, you can become part of a new project designed to recognize and honor native-born resi- dents, and be considered for inclusion in a historical refer- ence book to be published in 2014.

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The “Sonoma County Baby” project, sponsored by Sutter Health, seeks to gather positive personal stories and photos of everyday people – as well as the famous – that came into this world within our county borders.

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just one aspect of a project designed to connect locals with each other through social media, events and set the stage for the debut of a beautiful commemorative book about Sonoma County natives. “There are many die-hard

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Sonomans who are proud of their surroundings and lega- cy as well as generations of locals that share a unique and common heritage,” accord- ing to Shaun Ralston, book publisher and marketing man- ager for Sutter Health’s West Bay Region. “If you or fam- ily member were born here, join the Sonoma County Baby project and become part of local history. We want to hear your story; where you were born, how many generations lived here and reasons why you continue to dwell, work, and play in our beautiful county.” It’s easy to participate. Just go to www.sonomacountyba- and complete a short form. Each person register- ing online or via Facebook will receive a free pink or

blue “Sonoma County Baby” bracelet as well as the proj- ect’s quarterly newsletter with story/photo submission guide- lines, community events cal- endar and book updates. “As a community-based health care organization, Sutter Health wanted to find a way to pay special tribute to those born in Sonoma County who remain here and help make the region what it is today as well as commemorate the opening of our new next generation hos- pital on Mark West Springs

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Party" who donated their time and talent along with raffle prizes donated by local busi- nesses in the Rincon Valley area. Fiorino's donated 50% of the gross for the entire day! "Joey gave Upbeat Times this information back in late December of 2012 and it got lost in the shuffle for sure", says Paul Doyle, publisher of Upbeat Times. We wanted you to know some of our long time sponsors really help to make the world a better place! Even though this news is late get- ting to our readers, we apolo- gize for the lateness of getting the positive news to you!

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