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‘Mother of all raffles’ back in West Sac

ABOVE: Representatives from local groups show off the symbolic “checks” they earned by participating in last year’s “All Charities Raffle.” They earned about $47,000 for their local groups. (News-Ledger photo courtesy of Verna Sulpizio)

ABOVE: Representatives from local groups show off the symbolic “checks” they earned by participating in last year’s “All Charities Raffle.” They earned about $47,000 for their local groups. (News-Ledger photo courtesy of Verna Sulpizio)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The annual “All Charities Raffle” has returned to West Sacramento. The event is organized by the West Sacramento Foundation, which arranges for raffle prizes and prints tickets for local sports groups and nonprofits to sell as a fundraiser. Each of these groups keeps $9 of every ticket’s $10 price.

A large number of local groups have tickets to sell. Interested West Sacramento organizations may call Charles Moore, (916) 417-5623, for more information. You can also visit www.WestSacFoundation.org for more information.

This year’s prizes include the use of condos in Hawaii and Mexico, hotel and B&B stays in resort areas, a Whitey’s Jolly Kone combo every day for a year, use of a 20-person luxury suite at Raley Field for one River Cats game, a $500 IKEA gift card, a gas grill, bikes and more.

The raffle will be held during a spaghetti dinner hosted by the Knights of Columbus, 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Oct. 12 at Holy Cross Church, 1321 Anna Street. $5 dinner price.

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Skydiving accident at Yolo airport kills jumper from Lodi

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — AUG 26, 2013 —

A skydiving accident near Davis on Saturday killed an experienced, 23-year old skydiver.

Mark Persons, a spokesman for the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department, said deputies responded at about 6 p.m. on August 24 to the Sky Dance facility at the Yolo County Airport.

“Upon arrival, deputies located the body of the deceased skydiver approximately one mile southeast of the Sky Dance drop zone,” reported Persons in a press statement. “His canopy and harness were also located, one mile northeast of the drop zone. At this point in the investigation, it is unknown how the victim became detached from his skydiving gear.”

On Monday afternoon, the Sheriff’s Department released the identity of the victim: Andrew Todd Cofer, of Lodi. (An earlier report that Cofer was from San Jose was based on an address on Cofer’s driver’s license). Witnesses said Cofer was an experienced skydiver with more than 600 jumps.

An autopsy performed Monday showed that Cofer died from “multiple blunt force trauma, with fractures,” Persons told the News-Ledger. The manner of death — how Cofer came to be completely separated from his harness and chute — is still under investigation.

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West Sacramento couple weds at the ballpark — between innings

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 21, 2013 —

The Raley Field scoreboard on Saturday bore a very personal message for a West Sac couple’s special night (photo courtesy of Ric Shaw)

The Raley Field scoreboard on Saturday bore a very personal message for a West Sac couple’s special night
(photo courtesy of Ric Shaw)

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

“Dinger” gave away the bride.

That was just one unique thing about the marriage of West Sacramento natives Jalena Rusaw and Alan Slape, who made their vows during a 60-second ceremony between innings at Saturday’s River Cats game.

“Alan and I were engaged in June, 2013,” the bride told the News-Ledger. “I told him we could get married sometime next year as I was too busy working a full-time job, attending grad school, and completing my practicum as a marriage family therapist-trainee.”

The couple are season ticket holders to the minor league River Cats, who play at Raley Field in their hometown.

And so:

“Later that week we attended a ‘Cats game and he had the thought of having our wedding during a game,” added Rusaw. “I gave him only three requests – I wanted to wear a dress, my girls and mom needed to attend, and more importantly, it had to be memorable. The rest was in his hands.”

“Needless to say, we had a beautiful wedding,” she said. “The River Cats’ ‘groove crew’ dressed up in tuxes and red dresses for the occasion.”

Newlyweds Jalena  Rusaw and Alan Slape at Raley Field  (Photo by Ric Shaw)

Newlyweds Jalena
Rusaw and Alan Slape at Raley Field
(Photo by Ric Shaw)

Wedding-related events popped up between innings, as the ‘Cats dealt with the visiting Tucson Padres.

“We had a cupcake give-away as we cut our cake, tossed the bouquet from the (balcony) suite, rode in the hot dog cart with a ‘just married’ sign, and danced our first dance on the field after the game.”

The wedding party wore red tennis-style shoes – a nice contrast with the lush green turf at Raley Field.

“It was a very memorable evening,” summed up the bride with some understatement.

As for the River Cats? They beat Tucson, 11-5.

 

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Heading to the river? West Sac fire stations will lend you a kids’ life jacket

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

Heading to the river? Taking kids? State law requires every child younger than 13 on a boat, and everybody on a personal watercraft or a towed craft, be wearing a life jacket. Authorities also strongly recommend a life jacket for kids and others playing in or near local rivers. You can borrow life jackets for the day at West Sacramento’s fire stations:

Station 41, 132 15th Street, 617-4741.
Station 42, 3585 Jefferson Blvd., 617-4742.
Station 43, 1561 Harbor Blvd., 617-4743.
Station 44, 905 Fremont St., 617-4744.
Station 45, 2040 Lake Washington Blvd., 617-4600.

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