Not only do we support the NFL's Oakland Raiders football team, we raise money for The Bethleham Center in Visalia. http://www.bcvisalia.org/
NFL CHALLENGE BLOOD DRIVE
The 5th Annual NFL Challenge Blood Drive will be held the week of January 20th thru January 25th. You will be able to donate blood the entire week of the blood drive at the Visalia Blood Center 2245 W Caldwell on Monday the 20th thru Friday the 24th from 9am until 6pm or Saturday the 25th from 9am until 3pm. The Fresno Blood Centers will be open the same hours throughout the week. This Blood Drive challenge is open to all fans, a daily tally of donations made and for what teams will be shared by the Blood Center, please spread the word. Our Booster Club will host a wrap up tailgate party at the Visalia Donor Center from 9am until 3pm on Saturday the 25th. We will have Darrell’s Dogs, Darrell’s chili and Frito Boats, DJ Ruben will be providing the music. We will have giveaways for all donors, kids bags and will be holding a raffle for all volunteers and donors. Our club will be setting up at roughly 8am on Saturday with take down at roughly 2:30 pm, any help would be greatly appreciated at those times and could use any support throughout the day. See You At The Blood Drive! JUST GIVE BABY!!!
HALF PRICE MEMBERSHIP
To help our membership drive and reduce out shirt inventory, we are having a ½ price membership drive. Our single membership, includes 1 club shirt is now $10, our Family membership, includes 2 club shirts, is now $15. Shirts are limited to shirts in stock, no special orders will be made. Please spread the word, thank you for your support!
BUFFALO WILD WINGS
Thank you to everyone who helped support our Team Advantage Fundraiser at BWW. As soon as we get a final tally of money raised we will share it with you. Thank you for your support!
Our club wrapped up our 30th annual Christmas raffle at our December 6th Christmas tailgate party. Our club selling $1 raffle tickets raised $5,980 dollars, the 4th highest total raised in our club’s history. Our club will be presenting a check to the Bethlehem Center at our January 9th meeting. Our Booster Club donated cash prizes of $500, $250 and $100 to our raffle. We want to thank the following people for their donations to our raffle: Juan Salinas- $100 cash, Cruz Huerta/ CHP Appraisals 2- $50 cash prizes, Orty Castillo- $50 Target Gift Card, Juan & Elisa Mejia- $50 VISA Gift Card, Roller Towne- $50 Gift Card, Rick’s Vending- $50 Gift Certificate, Victor Patino- 2 Raiders Jerseys, Johnny & Ali Rodriguez- Keelan Doss Autographed Football. Thank you, Senior Teen Advocate Jada Shelley, for donating a Raiders Gift Basket and Gilbert & Christine Martinez for donating a Derek Carr jersey to our Thank You raffle. A Thank you to everyone who donated toys, food or undergarments for our Bethlehem Center collection. A thank you to everyone who brought a dish for our Potluck. Thank you to DJ Abel for providing the music for our tailgate party. Raffle Winners and the person who sold the winning ticket: $500 Cash- Ana Hernandez: ticket sold by Sam & Veronica Alvidrez, $250 Cash- Vincent Salinas- sold by Vincent Salinas, $100 Cash: John Glass-sold by Sheketa Pryor, $100 Cash: Rudy Machado-sold by Mike & Maria Hernandez, $50 Cash: Carlos Medina-sold by Carlos Medina, $50 Cash: Jenna Shelley-sold by Jenna Shelley, $50 Target: Darrell Shelley Sr.-sold by Darrell Shelley Jr., $50 VISA: Daymon Qualls-sold by Johnny Mejia, $50 Roller Towne: Ron Moore-sold by Rick Ortiz, $50 Rick’s Vending: Jasmine Hernandez-ticket sold by Rudy/ Ruben Marquez, Josh Jacobs Jersey: Robert Jones-sold by Dashawn Pryor, Colin Ferrell Jersey: Marcos Delgado-sold by Eliseo Zepeda, Keelan Doss Autographed Football: Traci Taylor-sold by Maria Hernandez. Top ticket sellers, Eliseo Zepeda 1600 tickets, Sam & Veronica Alvidrez 540 tickets sold, Joe Cortez Sr 500 tickets sold. A final Thank You to everyone who helped sell raffle tickets, whether you sold the most or sold 1 book, together as one we made a difference for the less fortunate. Great Job Heartland Of Raider Nation, your President is very proud of our club. Thank you for your support! GO RAIDERS!!!
The annual Commitment To Excellence dinner will be held on Saturday March 14th at the Oakland Hilton. This year’s winner as voted by his teammates is once again our center Rodney Hudson. Tickets in the past for this black-tie dinner have cost $130. As soon as more information is released about the dinner we will send out an email alert. Thank you for your support!
Happy New Year Heartland Of Raider Nation I hope and pray everyone had a great New Year. Raiders 2019 is officially over and on February 2nd when the Super Bowl clock hits 00:00 it will be officially time for Raiders 2020. Raiders 2020 will be the 3rd installment of “Unfinished Business” for our Raiders. All eyes are on Las Vegas for 2020, BUT before then we have a free agency signing period begins that begins in March and a very important 2020 NFL Draft in April, which will be held in Las Vegas :). The Raiders have announced that they will continue to operate out of Oakland, including holding training camp in Napa. They plan to move the entire organization to Las Vegas the week before their first preseason game in August. It is a very exciting time for many Raider fans, finally we have a new stadium, for others, it is a very sad time. I understand and respect both feelings. We are One Nation, One Family, That Is Second To No One! Heartland Of Raider Nation are you ready to get back to some “Unfinished Business”? SEE YOU AT THE MEETING!!! GO RAIDERS!!! ELISEO
HALL OF FAME
This year in honor of the 100 anniversary of the NFL, the Hall Of Fame will induct 20 class members. They will induct 5 modern era players as in the past, plus 10 senior inductees, 3 contributors and 2 coaches. Our coach Tom Flores, Cliff Branch and Jim Plunkett have been mentioned as nominees. The announcement of the 2020 Hall Of Fame class will be announced on February 1. Heartland Of Raider Nation, Let Us Pray! NFL Hall Of Fans Induction: Good friend and Super Fan Rachel Brown has been nominated to Hall of Fans. Please go to www.FordHallOfFans.com to vote for her!
UPCOMING 2020 MEETINGS
February 13, March 12, April 9, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, October 8, *November 5th, **December 11. *1st Thursday of the month, **Friday.
1/1 Michael Luna 1/5 Kaiden J. Sims 1/5 Yvette Alvarado 1/7 Missie Montgomery 1/10 Nicolas Herrera 1/11 Stormy Medeiros 1/14 Paula Sahleen 1/16 Cassandra Alvarado 1/16 Mike Vaca 1/16 Tom Melendrez 1/17 Abel Lopez 1/19 Joe Pina 1/20 Marissa Stabler 1/22 Pablo Benavente 1/26 Lillie Sanchez