People who make a difference

May 26, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Sandy Vercellino  and Max Griggs are two very different individuals with something valuable in common:  they both have made a positive impact in their communities.

Sandy helped organize a fundraiser called Coffee and Canvas to help survivors of human trafficking and domestic abuse, as well as raise awareness of those issues.

 

Coffee and CanvasCoffee and CanvasDANIELLE McGREW | for the Daily News
Bullock Creek art teacher Dana Murray and senior Sandy Vercellino prepare paint cups for participants at "Coffee and Canvas," a fundraiser and awareness event for women about domestic abuse and human trafficking.
Coffee and Canvas offered a guided painting project and refreshments and raised $785, excluding additional donations during the event. Participants also learned about domestic violence and sex trafficking from a TED Talk and Bay Area Women's Center employee Jessica Behmlander.
"I'm proud of them," Murray said of the students who organized the event. "They've put quite a bit of thought into it."
Coffee and CanvasCoffee and CanvasDANIELLE McGREW | for the Daily News
Barbara Ewerth of Midland paints a dandelion stem at "Coffee and Canvas," a fundraiser and awareness event at Bullock Creek High School for women about domestic abuse and human trafficking. Participants were guided in painting a dandelion with seeds blowing away, and between each step they learned about domestic issues, human sex trafficking, and what they can do to help.
Coffee and CanvasCoffee and CanvasDANIELLE McGREW | for the Daily News
Kindra Krieslers of Saginaw paints dandelion seeds at "Coffee and Canvas" a fundraiser and awareness event at Bullock Creek High School for women about domestic abuse and human trafficking. Coffee and Canvas offered refreshments and a guided painting project and raised $785, excluding additional donations during the event.

"When you look at this flower, I hope you see the beauty and freedom that womenÑ and all peopleÑ deserve," said Sandy Vercellino, a Bullock Creek senior and one of the project's organizers.

 

Coffee and CanvasCoffee and CanvasDANIELLE McGREW | for the Daily News
Danielle Zieroff of Auburn laughs with Diana Onderick of Midland at "Coffee and Canvas" a fundraiser and awareness event at Bullock Creek High School for women about domestic abuse and human trafficking. Coffee and Canvas offered refreshments, education and a guided painting project and raised $785, excluding additional donations during the event.
Max Griggs was honored for his 50 years as a volunteer with Midland's Little League baseball program. In that time, he has helped coach hundreds of boys. The organization is also nominating him for national recognition.

Little LeagueLittle LeagueDANIELLE McGREW | for the Daily News
Coach Max Griggs was honored for his 50 years as a volunteer for the Northeast Little League during the season's opening ceremonies at Plymouth Park in Midland on Saturday. Griggs was awarded a plaque and threw the ceremonial first pitch.
"I look forward to it every spring," Griggs said of the season. "I love the game of baseball and I love working with the kids."
Little LeagueLittle LeagueDANIELLE McGREW | for the Daily News
Coach Max Griggs and his wife Helen Griggs look at the plaque presented to him for his 50 years as a volunteer for the Northeast Little League during the season's opening ceremonies at Plymouth Park in Midland on Saturday. Helen Griggs, who has been married to her husband for 57 years, said that he enjoys coaching and also cocker softball for two years before he began working with Little League.


Little LeagueLittle LeagueDANIELLE McGREW | for the Daily News
Coach Mike Grillo of Job Site Service coaches' pitch team shows Porter Wilson how to hold the bat during opening day for the Northeast Little League at Plymouth Park in Midland on Saturday.
Little LeagueLittle LeagueDANIELLE McGREW | for the Daily News
Liam Roe of the Fisher Contracting coaches' pitch team focuses on his swing to hit the ball during opening day for the Northeast Little League at Plymouth Park in Midland on Saturday.


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