The charitable Sammy Hagar

Sammy Hagar (R), Kari Hagar and host Kat Maudru

Sammy Hagar (R), Kari Hagar and emcee Kat Maudru

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.”

Councilman Dr. Tim Herman (R), Mayor Susan Rohan and Sammy Hagar

(LR) Councilman Dr. Tim Herman, Mayor Susan Rohan and Sammy Hagar

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.”

Sammy's Gives Back

(LR) Rich Peterson, Dave Martinez. Sammy Hagar, Kari Hagar

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.”

Sammy presents check to Me-One Foundation

Sammy presents check to Me-One Foundation

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.”

Sammy signs guitars made by Woodshop Rocks

Sammy signs guitars made by Woodshop Rocks



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

Sammy signs autographs and meets fans prior to the ceremony

Sammy signs autographs and meets fans prior to the ceremony

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. Protection Status

Danny Gokey: It’s a boy!

Danny GokeyPeople magazine is reporting that the American Idol season eight alum Danny Gokey and wife Leyicet welcomed their first child Sunday night.

Daniel Emanuel Gokey weighed in at 8 pounds, 11 ounces.

Gokey released the following statement:

“Leyicet and I are overjoyed to welcome the new member of our family. I’m ecstatic to be a first time dad and to have a new little buddy to hang out with. Thankfully, because of what I do, it will also allow me the flexibility to spend a lot of quality time with him. I have so many exciting projects ahead this year but a brand new baby is an amazing way to get the new year started. We feel really blessed!”

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The 32-year-old Gokey, whose first wife died in 2008 following an operation for congenital heart disease, married Leyicet, a 26-year-old model, in January 2012. Their engagement and marriage were announced on his charity website, Sophia’s Heart.

The site was created in honor of Gokey’s late wife Sophia. As some of you may recall, in Idol season eight, Gokey shared the tragic story of losing his wife to routine heart surgery. Since then he has dedicated himself to raising money for Sophia’s Heart, reaching out to children and helping them through difficult times, at various stages of their lives.

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Officer Needs Assistance at Thunder Valley Casino


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The Placer County 10-35 Foundation’s Thunder in November charity drive took over Thunder Valley Casino’s Pano Hall on Saturday as the Chris Gardner Band, Road 88 and special guest Jeff Keith performed to a charitable crowd.

Jim Hudson with Placer County 10-35 Foundation

The Placer County 10-35 Foundation was created in 2011 as a non-profit charity designed to assist the men & women of Placer County law enforcement. The Foundation is a fraternal & benevolent association chartered to assist Placer County peace officers in times of great personal and organizational tragedy.

10-35 is part of law enforcement’s 10-code which means officer needs assistance.

Road 88 opened the show with lead singer Rachel Steele belting out Gretchen Wilson’s “All Jacked Up” and Emmylou Harris’ “One More Bottle of Wine.”

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Joining founding members Rachel Steele (vocals) and Scott Prentice (guitar/vocals) were Billy Haggard (guitar), Charlie McGimsey (drums), Todd Prout (bass), Paul Southerland (lap/pedal steel, dobro) and Maggie Keith (backup vocals).

Road 88 was flawless in their delivery as one would expect from a band that was voted #1 in the Best Local Band category for the second year in a row on KCRA’s A-List.

Towards the end of their set Steele brought Tesla’s lead singer Jeff Keith on stage to sing a country song.



Jeff Keith goes to the dark side

Yes pardner you heard right! Jeff Keith comes strutting out looking cuter than a junebug in a jumpsuit, donning, of all things, a cowboy hat. Y’all wouldn’t have believe it.

After some wild applause and a collective gasp from the audience, Keith went on to explain that he was still with Tesla and all was good with the band, but he was pursuing a lifelong dream of singing country music. His new CD Jeff Keith and Country Music Friends, is due out on November 9th, featuring Kent Goodson and Pat Boone from The George Jones band.

With his best country voice, Keith went on to sing George Jones’ “Grand Tour,” as the crowd cheered him on.

As one would have expected, Keith’s chops were flawless and, surprisingly, he sounded like a genuine country star. Who’d have thunk it!

Scott Prentice and Jeff Keith – Click for more images

Stay tuned for a complete review of his new album.

In between sets Jim Hudson with the Placer County 10-35 foundation announced the winners of their silent auction for an autographed guitar signed by REO Speedwagon (Katie was the winner), and an autographed guitar signed by Road 88 and Jeff Keith(Diana was the winner). Katie insisted that she get a picture after the show with Chris Gardner and her newly acquired guitar.

The Chris Gardner Band kicked their set off with Alabama’s “Mountain Music” and Luke Bryan’s “Rain is a Good Thing,” as droves of people made their way to the dance floor.

Lead singer Chris Gardner was joined by Dwight Hogan (bass), Aaron Shively (lead guitar), Joey Gonzales (drums), Nikko Vargas (rhythm guitar), and Shawn Holiday (keyboard).

While Road 88 had a solid set, the Chris Gardner Band was able to pack the dance floor as they continued playing  “Something Like That” and “Dixieland Delight.”

This was a fun and successful event. Expect to see Thunder in November II next year!

For more information on Placer County 10-35 please visit them at

Y’all don’t forget to checkout Jeff Keith’s alter ego at Jeff Keith Country!


Trace Adkins returns to Celebrity Apprentice

Trace Adkins – Click for more images

Country music star Trace Adkins will compete on behalf of the American Red Cross during Donald Trump’s latest round of Celebrity Apprentice.

Not only is Trump bringing back Adkins, but he’s bringing back an “All-Star” cast including actor Stephen Baldwin, magician and illusionist Penn Jillette, DJ artist and rap star Lil Jon, NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman and Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider, actress and author Marilu Henner, singer La Toya Jackson, TV personality and actress Claudia Jordan, actress and author Lisa Rinna, Playboy Playmate of the Year Brande Roderick, reality star Omarosa, and crazy man Gary Busey.

I know Omarosa really isn’t considered a celebrity. At least according to Piers Morgan who competed with Omarosa and Adkins in season 7’s Celebrity Apprentice. Omarosa and Morgan’s fights were legendary and made for some great reality television. Trace Adkins and Peirs Morgan went head to head in the season finale with Morgan taking top honors.

I attended a conference soon after the airing of season 7 where Omarosa was appearing in one of the vendor booths. Finding it hard to believe that two people could hate each other so much, me and my wife chalked it up to editing. However, when I asked her what she thought of Morgan she went on for at least 3 minutes on the evils of Morgan.

So back to Trace Adkins . . .

Adkins is a recent addition to the Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet after his family was helped out by the organization after losing his house in a fire. He’s currently the organization’s spokesperson for the 2012  Holiday Giving Campaign, encouraging people to “give something that means something” this holiday season.

Bret Michaels – Click for more images

“When my home was claimed by fire last year, Red Cross volunteers were among the first on-site,” Adkins said. “They looked after my family when I couldn’t be there and offered help. We were fortunate because we could replace the things we lost but that’s not always the case for every disaster victim. That’s when the Red Cross steps in. I am supporting the mission of the Red Cross and hope to help them reach more people in need,” Adkins said.

Adkins, a long-time supporter of members of the U.S. Armed forces, recently recorded several radio PSAs for the organization’s Holiday Mail for Heroes program with his new song, “Tough People Do,” which will appear on his upcoming album on Show Dog-Universal (release date and title to be announced). People are encouraged to send holiday cards through the program and the Red Cross will distribute them to veterans, military families and active-duty service members at hospitals and installations around the world.

“We are excited and very grateful that Trace Adkins’ will be playing ‘All-Star Celebrity Apprentice’ on behalf of the American Red Cross,” said Red Cross President and CEO Gail J. McGovern. “We appreciate Trace’s remarkable commitment to the Red Cross and those we serve.”

Trump is currently taping the All-Star Celebrity Apprentice, but it will not be airing until March 2013.

I’m pulling for Adkins to win it all this season, but I certainly hope to see the darker side of all the celebs, including Omarosa.


American Idol Finalist Danny Gokey Engaged

Danny Gokey – Click for more images

American Idol finalist and philanthropist Danny Gokey announced on charity website, Sophia’s Heart, that he’s engaged to Leyicet Peralta.

The site was created in honor of Gokey’s late wife Sophia. As some of you may recall, in Idol season 8, Gokey shared the tragic story of losing his wife to routine heart surgery. Since then he has dedicated himself to raising money for Sophia’s Heart, reaching out to children and helping them through difficult times, at various stages of their lives.

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Gokey stated:

“He is thrilled to have found Leyicet who also shares his passion and desire to help children and families in need.  Accordingly, Danny & Leyicet have requested to their wedding guests that all gifts be in the form of a donation to Sophia’s Heart.

The couple went on to state:

“We are thankful for so many of the blessings God has given us.  It is our desire to see homeless children and families be kept together and lifted back on their feet through the help of Sophia’s Heart. We love and appreciate you all.”

If you would like to make a donation to Sophia’s Heart as a wedding gift to Danny & Leyicet, go to and enter in your name and wedding message in the comments.






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