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Rebekah Children’s Services First Spring Fling Fundraiser a Huge Success REBEKAH CHILDREN’S HOME’s first Spring Fling fundraiser was held in May at Old City Hall. They raised over $5000 and received a large number of baby shower gifts brought to the event by the guests in attendance.  The event was a sell out and welcomed over 100 guests who enjoyed a fantastic lunch, participated in baby shower games and raffles, and were inspired by our guest speaker Susie Sanchez, author of The Dream Lived. The event was capped off by presenting the Kimberly Ordaz Award to a woman in our community who possessed the same passion for her own family and to other families in our community. Corina Salazar was the recipient of this first-time award! All of the proceeds raised from the event go directly to Rebekah Children’s Services Adelante Family Resource Center which provides services for over 3,000 families each year. 300 Pound Vegan Addresses Benefits of a Balanced Diet FORMER OAKLAND RAIDER defensive line- man and current NFL free-agent David Carter visited Rebekah Children’s Services on Friday, May 20, 2016 at the invitation of the Wellness Committee. Also known as The 300 Pound Vegan (, Carter spoke to the students, residents, and staff about his journey to better health when he chose to embrace a vegan lifestyle. As a child he grew up eating large amounts of meat since members of his family owned a BBQ restaurant. Later in life as a professional athlete he began experiencing some health problems and decided to follow his wife’s lead by trying a vegan diet. While eating a plant-based diet and eliminating animal-based products he has noticed an improvement in his health and is still able to continue the necessary strength training routine of a professional athlete. Carter travels the country as an advocate for animal rights and a spokesperson for the benefits of switching to a plant-focused vegan lifestyle. GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN Don & Karen Christopher JULY / AUGUST 2016 37