November 2017 I was selected by Nations Photo Lab as their "Photographers With Heart" Grand Prize winner. I was very pleased and honored to earn such an award. In this gallery you will see a few of my images from Uganda, South Sudan, Guatemala, Ecuador and the United States working among the poor and marginalized. I am grateful to the Comboni MIssionaries, "Hope for Kabingo" and the American Red Cross to work alongside their respective organizations.
The 14th Annual Music for the Missions, sponsored by the Comboni Missionaries, was held on May 5 at St. Louise de Marillac Church in Covina, CA. The church was near capacity for the event and was very well received by both new and returning audience members. Songs were accompanied by extremely talented artist and a choreographed slideshow.
Proceeds from the concert benefit street children in Kampala, Uganda and Lima, Peru.
Special thank you to Steve Workman for his contributions to this gallery.
A mass-casualty drill was held at the Fairplex in Pomona in conjunction with neighboring Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center on April 24, 2018.
The exercise was partly based on the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival last October 2017 in Las Vegas. SWAT, Fire and paramedics, from West Covina, Covina, Glendora, Pomona and Monrovia participated in the special training.
The day started with Bobbie Jo Merica, the owner of Moulage Concepts, Inc., who set her team to task to create 3-D clinical wounds designed to challenge first responders with focused training realism.
Approximately 100 volunteers participated in the simulated mass shooting in the grandstand which lasted nearly two hours.
The 2018 Modern Pentathlon World Cup features five sports: swimming, horsemanship, running, shooting and fencing.
For the second year the five day event will be held at the Fairplex in Pomona, CA. March 26 - 30
The Comboni Missionary 13th annual Music For The Missions was held May 6, 2017 in Covina. Donations funded four mission projects in three countries: two projects in Uganda, one in Zambia and one in Guatemala. Alex Lagman Music Director, Sal Maliki, Edna Monique, Vivian Tang and Florella Castro were part of the all-star cast that night.
November 11, 2017: DART, Disaster Air Response Team, in conjunction with the American Red Cross conducted an exercise called “Blood Air Bridge” which transported (empty) boxes of Red Cross blood plasma from Brackett Air Field in Pomona to Santa Monica Airport. The scenario was for the drill was in response to a (simulated) major earthquake that struck during the night causing freeways and major streets to be blocked. Red Cross has a large blood processing facility is in Pomona which supplies approximately 70% of the blood in the area. For the exercise, eight planes flew to Bracket Air Field to pick up blood plasma which were air transported to the Santa Monica Airport. The purpose of the exercise was to show the value of airports to surrounding communities during times of disaster. For additional information: Dave Hopkins, Santa Monica Airport Association
A multi-agency Active Shooter Exercise was held at Fairplex in Pomona on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Pomona Police Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department, La Verne Police Department, Claremont Police Department and Cole Schaefer Ambulance Service worked together using Fairplex staff and employees as participants. The drill was held in three phases between 8:30 - 12:00pm in various Fairplex facilities.
June 30. 2017, Pomona, CA.: Pomona Valley Hospital held a multi-agency, MCI (Multi Casualty Incident) drill Friday morning. The drill was under the direction of Steven Storbakken, Director of Emergency Preparedness and Environmental Safety at Pomona Valley Hospital. The scenario, developed by Chris Riccardi, Constant & Associates, was an active shooter incident that took place at Fairplex sending nearly 50 patients, most with multiple gunshot wounds, to Pomona Valley emergency room. The incident command system was utilized during the drill. Bobbie Merica, Medical Moulage and Trauma Expert of Moulage Concepts, provided an 8-hour training workshop the day prior to the drill. For the actual drill, Bobbie put her skills to work on volunteer "victims" creating life-like trauma in the form of gunshot wounds and lacerations providing doctors and nurses at the emergency room realistic patient conditions to work with. The drill officially started shortly after 9:00 am and concluded approximately 10:45 am.
The American Red Cross provides first aid services for the Tournament of Roses under the supervision of the Pasadena Fire Department every year on New Year's Day. First aid stations are also provided for TOR for several events in the days leading up to New Year's: Band Fest, float decorating, and Post Parade float viewing. The San Gabriel Pomona Valley chapter of the American Red Cross has been providing these services since the 1980's.
Fr. Xavier Colleoni celebrated his 90th birthday and 65 years of priesthood on May 8, 2017 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Los Angeles. Fr. Xavier told me he is still able to celebrate up to three Masses a day - on occasion. He still actively manages the candle making operation at Holy Cross which he has done for decades. His brother Fr. Enrico Colleoni, also a Comboni Missionary, flew in from his mission in Malawi-Zambia to concelebrate, and his sister flew in from Italy. At the altar: (left-right) Fr. Jose Alberto Pimentel, Fr. Enrico Colleoni, Fr. Xavier Colleoni and Fr. Bob Kleiner.