Nancy and Steve Price host annual ‘Be the Change’ fundraiser

All proceeds go to The Gathering Inn and Gold Country Wildlife Rescue
By: Carol Feineman, Editor
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Know and Go:

What: Fifth annual “Be the Change” winter music festival

When: 5 to 10:30 p.m. Dec. 3

Where: Blue Goose Event Center, 3550 Taylor Road, Loomis

Admission:  $55 and free for children under 10.

Other details: Dinner available with chicken, tri-tip and vegetarian options. Also raffle and auction items available.

Info: (916) 230-8129, or


Thanks to Loomis residents Nancy and Steve Price, two local nonprofit groups that rely solely on donations will receive all proceeds raised from the couple’s annual fundraiser on Dec. 3.

The “Be the Change” fundraiser is an easy and fun way for music fans to help two local nonprofit organizations.

All proceeds from the fifth annual “Be the Change” fundraiser at the Blue Goose Event Center will go to The Gathering Inn, which gives homeless residents shelter and food; and Gold Country Wildlife Rescue, which rescues, rehabilitates and releases wildlife in Placer County.

Nancy Price is a homeless advocate and a wildlife rescue volunteer. Her husband, Steve Price, is the founding drummer of nationally-acclaimed Pablo Cruise and he also has many like-minded altruistic friends.

For the fifth year, Steve Price has put together a Who’s Who of national and regional musicians donating their time at the “Be the Change” fundraiser in downtown Loomis.

The Dec. 3 lineup includes Pablo Cruise as the headliner. Another headliner is Jeff Keith of TESLA.

An all-star lineup includes Dana Moret and Jimmy Papastathis of Mr. December; Paul Holdgate of Night Moves; Garratt Wilkin, Ellen Range and Rick Turnage from The Parrot Heads; Nashville singer-songwriter Jaime Kyle; local singer/songwriter Lariska Bryski and Willy Seltzer; Annie Sampson of Stoneground and surprise guests.

Acts will be in 30-minute increments.

Pablo Cruise takes the stage at about 8:30 p.m., followed by all acts playing in the all-star band.

“It’s a pretty epic lineup. You don’t want to miss a note. These are incredible singers from all over, from Nashville, Southern California, Northern California and we’re so fortunate to have them,” Steve Price said. “It’s a great show. Where else will you find a lineup like this?”

All musicians have donated their time.

 “They’re doing it for the event, to be part of the change,” he said. “It’s a mini-movement.”

The fundraiser has grown each year in number of volunteers, attendees and amount raised for the nonprofits. Six years ago, the Prices organized the inaugural “Be the Change” fundraiser in 30 days after reading a newspaper article about the state cutting homeless services. That article was near an article about allocating money for a new Kings arena.

“We had 50 people at the first event and raised $4,000. We can complain about what’s happening or we can do something and be the change,” Nancy Price said. “People were so moved at the first fundraiser that they literally donated their Christmas gift money. A group of people together can make huge differences. This event won’t happen if everyone didn’t get involved, from our valued sponsors to our musicians to our volunteers to the people who buy the tickets. It takes all of us.”

During the inaugural Be the Change fundraiser, a Loomis elementary school teacher brought in $46 in change that students wanted to donate to the homeless.

Two years ago, Be the Change started selling out.

The last one raised $36,000 for the nonprofits.

This year, the Prices hope to raise $40,000 to split between The Gathering Inn and Gold Country Wildlife Rescue.

“The Gathering Inn buses the homeless to different churches after they shower for a hot meal and for shelter. But the buses are falling apart. Be the Change proceeds will help in busing and help fund services like dental and medical,” Nancy Price said. “The animals at the wildlife rescue are so brave. Every penny counts and goes to the animals’ feeding and medications.”

This fundraiser is clearly a labor of love for the Loomis couple.

All expenses, from the food and alcohol to the Blue Goose rental, have been covered by donations from sponsors, Steve Price noted.

“Every penny raised goes to the nonprofits,” he said. “We have no administrative costs. Everyone has stepped up to help.”

The couple is grateful to all sponsors, musicians and volunteers involved with the fundraiser.

“It’s really an epic night of music,” Steve Price said. “It’s every kind of music from nice acoustic Christmas music while people eat to Garratt doing Jimmy Buffett happy music to Pablo Cruise. Our music makes you feel good.”

And then there’s the rock ‘n’ roll finale, which has become a tradition at this fundraiser.

“We always end the show with ‘I get by with a little help from my friends’ and that’s what this is all about because we’re all together making this happen,” he said.

Led by a very compassionate Loomis couple, it’s friends helping friends help community groups.