Del Oro teen hears community's needs

Student asks Loomis what program her donation should go for
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
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Bailey Furgeson, 15, hopes to see change happen and has jump-started it with a charitable donation. The Del Oro High School sophomore, who lives in Newcastle, is a strong contributor to the Lady Eagles golf team. As a participant in a youth leadership program for student golfers, Bailey was given a $500 grant to award to the non-profit group of her choice. Bailey and her older sister, Cami, who is also an Eagle golfer and received a similar grant to give away, sought input from the community. According to Bailey, she received an e-mail from a senior citizen who said the Loomis Senior L.I.F.E. Center had changed her life. Then Bailey said she saw an article about the Senior Center in The Loomis News. “I thought the Senior L.I.F.E. Center would be perfect for the donation,” she said. “I love seeing seniors stay active and healthy and visit with their friends. They remind me of my great-grandmother,” she added. Bailey has been on the girls varsity golf team since her freshman year and has participated in First Tee of Sacramento, a student leadership program for high-school golfers. Wal-Mart awarded the grants in September when the girls attended leadership training at the Wal-Mart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. Besides golf, Bailey plays violin and enjoys reading and watching movies. Bailey’s sister, Cami, awarded her $500 to the Project Linus Foundation after receiving an e-mail from a local mom. The woman said her daughter was given a homemade blanket made by the organization when she went in for a magnetic resonance imaging test (MRI) after a fall. The mother said the blanket gave her child much comfort. _____ Furgeson, Cami and Bailey’s mother, said she was very pleased that her daughters chose both children and seniors to benefit with the grant funds.