Raiders for Life Boosters Tulare/Kings Counties

Although based in Visalia, Ca., we represent the HEARTLAND of Raider Nation!

Next Meeting:

Thursday, March 14th 7:00 pm

Visalia Elks Lodge 3100 W Main St., Visalia

Future Meetings: April 11, June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10, November 14, December 6 - All meetings at the Visalia Elks Lodge

Christmas Raffle/Tailgate!

We raised over $5,200! THANK YOU!

See: What We Do - Upcoming Events section


Unfortunately, Tom did not make the HOF

What We Do - Upcoming Events

Not only do we support the NFL's Oakland Raiders football team, we raise money for The Bethleham Center in Visalia.


The NFL Draft will be held in Nashville from Thursday April 25-Saturday April 27. The first round will be held on Thursday at 5pm, our Raiders have 3 Number 1 draft picks in that first round, that night will be a very important night in the Raiders quest to “Return To Greatness” Our club is looking into having our first ever Draft Day Party that night. We will have more information for you in our next newsletter.


Please save the date of May 9 for our annual Kick Back meeting at BWW. Beer and wings and sodas, plus 10 % back to our club on all food and alcohol sales. SEE YOU AT BWW!!!


May 11th- Raiders Central Valley Boosters Celebration in Fresno at Woodward Park, May 18th- The annual Steering Committee Tailgate Party, this year it is being co-hosted by the Bakersfield Raiders Boosters in Bakersfield. We will have more information for you about these events in upcoming newsletters. Please support our Raiders brothers and sisters as they both support us at our events. One Nation, One Family, Second To No One!


The annual and maybe last Commitment To Excellence Dinner to be held in Oakland will be held on Saturday March 9th at the Oakland Hilton. This year’s CTE winner as voted by his Raider teammates, is last year’s winner, back to back winner, our center Rodney Hudson. The night will begin at 5pm with no host cocktails and free appetizers, plus a silent auction for numerous items will be held during the cocktail hour. Dinner will be served at 7pm, followed by a live auction and the presentation of the CTE award, dancing wraps up the night. ATTENTION: Our club has a few seats available at our tables, cost is $135 per seat. We will give our club members until our Feb 14th meeting to purchase the remaining seats, if any seats are remaining after our meeting we will then reach out to other clubs. Please contact the club asap if you are interested. For those of you who need a room at the Hilton, stumbling distance from the dinner :), a rate of $125 per room is available by contacting 1-800-HILTONS and asking for the “CTE RATE” rooms are limited so book asap. The 15th annual and possibly the final CTE dinner in Oakland??? Heartland Of Raider Nation, SEE YOU AT CTE!!!


I was saddened to hear of the passing of Abe Lopez Sr. Abel and I go back to when I first became President of our club in 1995/96. After some time away from the club, Abel had recently come back to our club, it was good to see him again. Abel worked for the city of Visalia for over 40 years. I would always see him out working on the streets of Visalia, painting crosswalks, putting up street signs, I would honk, we would wave at each other and an exchange a GO RAIDERS! Our thoughts and prayers go out to his son Abel Jr and all to all of his family and friends. Abel Lopez Sr. August 6 1957- January 27 2019. RIP My Friend, you will be missed but not forgotten, Raiders For Eternal Life…...


Our Coach and Friend made the NFL Hall Of Fame Final 15 for the first time since he has been eligible. Coach flew to the Super Bowl in Atlanta, along with the other 15 finalists, to be there for the final vote. On Saturday at 1:24pm I received the following text from our Coach, “Didn’t make it. Thanks for your support. Love you guys” I was heartbroken. I saw many angry, disappointed, shocked remarks on social media on Coach not making it. I saw one remark that I choose to share with you, “Yes we are all disappointed, as I am sure Tom is as well, but Tom made the finals for the first time this year, that is a great accomplishment, he will be back in the finals next year, and this time he will make it”. Heartland Of Raider Nation, we must keep it positive, Tom Flores NFL Hall Of Fame 2020, Let Us Pray…...


Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our NFL Blood Drive on January 26. Booster Clubs from the Raiders, 49ers, Rams, Cowboys, Redskins worked together in giving the gift of life. Thank you to Darrell Shelly for manning his grill all day, DJ Ruben Marquez for supplying the music. To all our volunteers who helped throughout the day, inside the Blood Center: Maria Hernandez, Rick Gallegos. Lori Gomez, Jada Shelley, plus Debbie and Pablo Benavente who signed up to help as well. Those who helped outside and hung out and represented their club- Victor Patino, Lupe Landin, Dashawn and Sheketa Pryor, Margarito and Linda Nino, Rudy and Bear Marquez, if I missed anybody please throw a rock at me at our meeting, and to all our donors who came out and supported our club. Your President will have a raffle for all donors and volunteers at our Feb 14th meeting. All though we were working together during the NFL Blood Drive here are the final donation numbers: Redskins -4, Cowboys- 9, 49ers-17, Representing other Teams- 24, Rams-36, RAIDERS-54, need we say more. Thank You!!! GO RAIDERS!!!



Our ½ price membership drive is underway, with single memberships costing $10, includes 1 club shirt, and Family memberships $15, includes 2 club shirts. Shirts are limited to those in stock only, no special orders will be made. At press time, we have all shirt sizes available from youth small thru adult 4X. Club memberships expire on July 31 2019, Heartland Of Raider Nation! Spread The Word! Tell A Friend!



3/1 Margarito Nino 3/2 Anyssa McKneedly 3/3 Mariana Salazar 3/7 Dominique Ruiz 3/9 Kylie Reaves 3/10 Myles Wiebenga 3/11 Natalia Flores 3/12 Sabrina Reyes 3/12 Veronica Alvidrez 3/20 Conrad Sanchez 3/21 Presslee Martin 3/21 Vincent Salinas 3/22 Elisa Mejia 3/24 Sadie Sanchez 3/25 Vickie Gibson 3/27 Patricia Nobles 3/30 Cain Rosales 3/31 Sheketa Pryor

Get in touch

If you would like more information on how to join us, you may EMAIL, CALL (leave voicemail) or go to our Facebook page and request an application. You may DOWNLOAD an application by clicking here: Raiders for Life Boosters Application Download Link

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