ACC held biggest Big Day of Giving celebration on May 4

By Monica Stark
editor@valcomnews.com
Photos by Stephen Crowley
stephen@valcomnews.com

From Taiko drumming from residents at ACC to performances from the Greenhaven Happy Strummers (80-plus-year-old players) ACC Senior Services celebrated the spirit of giving by providing an afternoon of entertainment on May 4.
Other entertainers include: Buddhist Church Na Aikane Players, Sacramento Mandarins, Pocket Pickers, Amy’s Hula, Sing for your Soul Choir, Maeley Tom vocal stylings, Two Left Feet Dancers, Guitar Ensemble, The College Fund Street Band and the CCC (Chinese Christian Church) Ukulele and Hula Group.
The funds will be used to support existing community-based programs and expand ACC Rides, the Caregiver Support Program, and no- or low-cost classes. While ACC obtains some grants to support these programs, none of the grants fully funds any program. “We rely on community support to help fill in the gaps in funding. We will be using these funds in 2017, thanks to all who supported us during the Big DoG event,” explained ACC Programs Director Linda Revilla.
The third year that ACC Senior Services has participated in the BigDoG event, co-chair Marielle Fong said the nonprofit raised $55,917, 143 percent more than what was raised last year ($23,000); had 389 donors, 68 percent more than last year (231); and about triple the number of attendees at the event. “We are so thrilled that this has been the biggest BiGDoG event we’ve ever had!”
Most of the attendees were seniors, and they consider ACC Programs, where they take lifelong learning classes everyday, as their second home. “Entertainment was a huge part of our event because our constituents love to party. We also produced a music video featuring our seniors dancing the hip hop for this great cause. It had more than 2,000 views after only a week,” Marielle said. It can be found at: www.tinyurl.com/ACCHipHop.
Lead vocalist for The College Fund Street Band Mario Fong said he and his siblings sang songs like “Great Balls of Fire”, “What a Wonderful World”, and newer tunes like “Bubbly”. “My grandma is a resident at the ACC Care Center,” Mario said. “I appreciate how ACC Programs takes care of so many other grandparents in Sacramento. Our performance is a way of giving back and making a lot of people happy.”
Similarly, performer Maeley Tom said, “The opportunity to entertain at the ACC was a small token of my appreciation and support for the tremendous service this organization provides to the Sacramento senior community.  ACC’s success brings so much pride to our community.”
A 6-year-old fellowship that meets twice a month and performs 20 times a year at festivals, 90-year-old birthday parties, and senior homes, the CCC Hula and Ukulele Group also performs at the church’s annual fall festival, which ACC Rides have provided the transportation for senior attendees to and from their church. A good number of the ukulele players are also residents or students at ACC, explained Marielle.
Asked about any new programs at ACC, Linda mentioned ACC Rides will provide service to and from Elk Grove starting July 1. “That means that in July, we can start transporting seniors between Sacramento and Elk Grove for their medical appointments, dialysis, shopping, and other destinations. We are also ramping up fall prevention workshops, offering evidence-based programs such as ‘A Matter of Balance’ and ‘Stepping On.’ And, a new partnership with Family Wealth Law Corporation will bring introductory workshops on estate planning to ACC. This summer, we’ll also have a self-defense class for women.”

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ACC Senior Services is located at 7334 Park City Drive. For more information, call 393-9026.

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