The charitable Sammy Hagar
ROSEVILLE, CA – Sammy Hagar returned to Roseville on Thursday afternoon to fulfill a promise he made a year ago while attending the grand opening of Sammy’s Rockin’ Island Bar and Grill downtown Roseville.
One year ago, The Red Rocker made a commitment to return to Roseville and donate a portion of the proceeds of the restaurant back into the community. Making good on his promise, the 65-year-old donated $2,500 each to two local charities, Placer County Food Bank and the Me-One Foundation.
Roseville Mayor Susan Rohan and City Councilman Dr. Tim Herman were on hand for the event, with Kat Maudro as emcee. Speaking to the audience at Roseville’s new Town Square, Mayor Rohan told Hagar that the council was grateful for the opportunity to thank him and his wife Kari for their, “philanthropy and [their] program to give back to the community.” Continuing Rohan thanked the couple by saying, “We want to thank you and your wife Kari and also the Hagar Family Foundation for your continued support to local charities.”
Rohan went on to thank owners Steve Pease and Jon Yip of Innova Restaurant Concepts LLC, who “helped make all of this a reality,” and letting them know the city was excited that another Sammy’s Rockin’ Island Bar and Grill will be opening at Westfield Galleria in the near future.
When Hagar was introduced he explained to the audience, “When I open up restaurants in communities, I give my percent of my profits back to the community, and that’s why I do it. I’m not doing it to get rich and famous, I got plenty of that,” which was met with some laughs.
Hagar, with his wife Kari by his side, said he wants the money to go directly to the community and the people, through organizations that “directly feed people, to food banks, to people who take care of people who are terminally ill. You can’t beat that, its right on the money.”
When it came time to present the donations, Hagar fumbled with the checks and appeared awkward saying, “This is kinda silly doing it in a ceremony like this, but the idea is not for publicity for us, but to bring awareness to their causes.”
Hagar handed a check to Placer Food Bank’s Rich Peterson and Dave Martinez in the amount of $2,500 and another check for the same amount to the Me-One Foundation’s president Chris Maudru.
Afterwards he invited everyone to Thunder Valley Casino Resort where he was scheduled to perform.
The legendary rocker is finishing up his latest tour, “Forty Decades of Rock,” supporting his new album ‘Sammy Hagar & Friends.’ During his tour the charitable rocker has been giving back to local food banks across the county. In a press conference following the ceremony Hagar said on his off days he has been visiting local food banks and has even helped dish out food to the hungry. He explained the reason he helps food banks is because it’s “the simplest and most reliable way to help others.”
Just last month the veteran rocker gave away over 10,000 tickets to his show in St. Louis, in exchange for fan’s charity donations.
In 2008 Hagar donated $5,000 to the Salvation Army to help flooding victims in Iowa with Harrah’s Council Bluffs Casino & Hotel matching his donation. The money went on to help over 47,000 people in Iowa by providing meals and hydration in Cedar Rapids as well as the evacuated town of Palo.
In a video posted on YouTube entitled ‘Sammy Hagar: The Red Rocker Gives Back,’ Stan Curtis, founder of Blessings in a BackPack summed it up well, “There are literally thousands of children who are better off, who are getting a better education, whose tummies are full, who can thank Sammy Hagar.”
Don’t forget to pick up a copy of ‘Sammy Hagar & Friends’ due to drop on September 24.
About Place Food Bank
Placer Food Bank is the leading hunger-relief charity in Placer, El Dorado and Nevada counties. They serve as the primary food collection and distribution center for hunger-relief efforts in our area; distributing fresh and non-perishable food to the hungry through our network of more than 60 local charitable organizations. They are dedicated to feeding the hungry, educating the community about hunger and advocating for hunger relief.
About Me One Foundation
The Me-One Foundation is a non-profit corporation created to provide adult cancer patients and their families with an environment where they can be allowed to embrace life without cancer as the first and foremost thought of their every waking moment. They provide families with activities and events to promote courage, hope, laughter, and enjoyment through Camp Challenge. This is a cost free weekend getaway for families afflicted by cancer and in need of a place of joy and relaxation that will focus them on living life, and not fighting disease. By providing this haven of hope, they allow families to be victorious, even if temporarily, over cancer, and keeping life’s scoreboard at Cancer-Zero; Me-One.
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