THE GIFT OF LIFE
Petaluma Save-A-Life is a Community Project that will save lives of Petaluma residents and visitors.
2010 SALUTE PROCEEDS
We’re pleased to report that Salute 2010 raised $18,000 that we have invested into the Petaluma community including:
Financial grants to San Antonio Volunteer Fire Department; Petaluma Christmas Cheer; McDowell Drug Task Force; John Maher aka Petaluma Pete; Jesse Proost; and Petaluma People’s Services Center.
Henry Travers Memorial Scholarship Fund;
$3,500 in financial scholarships were awarded to seven graduating Petaluma area high school seniors to help further their education in the fields of automotive repair/mechanics, the performing arts, or the motion picture industry.
Petaluma Save-A-life Project; Purchase of ten additional Automatic External Defibrillators for Petaluma Police cars and replacement AED accessories for Petaluma Police Department, Petaluma City Hall, and Petaluma, Case Grande, Valley Oaks, and San Antonio High Schools
2009: Project Graduation
For 2009, Cruisin’ The Boulevard Directors chose to keep the organization’s primary funding focus on safety, but direct it to a project that will benefit young people. “American Graffiti is about teenagers who have just graduated from high school and are trying to decide upon their futures, so funding Project Graduation was almost a no-brainer,” stated Board President John Furrer. “Most of our directors have volunteered at least once at a Project Graduation and many have done so several times, so we know firsthand the safety value these projects bring to the table.” Each school’s Project Graduation received a $3,000 grant and a half page ad in their yearbook.
“2009 was a tough year for raising money, but we did better than we expected and helped increase our bottom line by cutting costs in every possible way. We’re particularly thankful to the many local small businesses that either became first-time sponsors or continued their support again this year.”
In addition to the Project Graduation grants, the organization also donated to the San Antonio Fire Department, Petaluma High School Museum, USCG Chief Petty Officer’s Association TRACEN Petaluma and the Petaluma Riding and Driving Club.
2008: Power Lift Cot & Bicycle Safety Helmets
On Wednesday, November 12, Cruisin’ The Boulevard donated a Stryker Power Lift Cot to the Petaluma Fire Department for use in its second ambulance. “This enables us to provide improved patient care throughout our system and potentially eliminate back injury to all EMT personnel,” said Department Battalion Chief and EMS Manager Dan Epperson. “We’re very grateful to have received this significant addition to our emergency medical team.”
Cruisin’ The Boulevard president John Furrer announced that in addition to the donation of the $15,000 Stryker lift to the fire department, the organization also donated $1,000 to the Petaluma Police Department’s Bicycle Safety Helmet Program, which provides helmets to young people who are unable to afford to purchase them. Other organizations receiving financial grants included the San Antonio Volunteer Fire Department, Tri-Valley 4-H, USCG Chief Petty Officer’s Association TRACEN Petaluma and the Petaluma Riding and Driving Club.
2007: AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATORS
Every 20 seconds someone in the United States suffers a heart attack, yet between 90% and 95% of those who reach a hospital alive will survive, so what you do for a heart attack victim within the next few minutes can make the difference between life and death. An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) diagnoses and, if necessary, shocks the heart of a person experiencing cardiac arrest due to ventricular fibrillation or tachycardia. This treatment – called defibrillation – enables the heart to attempt to re-establish an effective rhythm.