Fresno's Rotary Playland opens heart for sick kids

Elijah Keller, an 8-year-old Fresno boy with a rare genetic disorder, rides the carousel surrounded by father Aaron and sister Grace.Editor’s note: Reporter Ben Keller is Elijah Keller’s uncle and Aaron Keller’s brother.

Fresno’s Rotary Storyland & Playland has always held a certain charm for children, with its fairy tale ambiance and a collection of rides centered around its historic carousel.

Common Threads recipients to be honored Thursday

Five San Joaquin Valley women will be honored with the Common Threads Award at the 18th Annual Common Threads Luncheon at 11 a.m. Thursday at the University Courtyard Dining Hall at Fresno State.

Read for Life lands 6,100 children's books

Tulare County residents donated 6,100 books to Tulare County’s Read for Life during the ABC “Be Inspired Children’s Book Drive” March 21 at College of the Sequoias.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters becomes Fresno Safe Place

The Big Brothers, Big Sisters building at 905 Fulton St. in Fresno is a designated "Safe Place" for at-risk youth.The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central California building at 905 Fulton St. in Fresno will host a ribbon-cutting and open house Wednesday to celebrate its designation as a new Safe Place site.

Farmer earmarks $2,500 for Make-a-Wish Foundation

Local farmer Ken Carvalho has directed a $2,500 donation to the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Central California.

Kids Day raises record $485K

The 27th annual Kids Day benefiting Children’s Hospital Central California hit its fundraising goal of $485,000, which is a new record for the event.

Me-n-Ed's 'DoNation' totals $60,000

Me-n-Ed's Pizzerias announced it has raised $60,000 to benefit three local charities — Boys & Girls Club, Catholic Charities and the Poverello House.

Self-Help, Orange Cove partner on home rehabs

Self-Help Enterprises and the City of Orange Cove are teaming up to give a family of eight a home rehabilitation.

PINC to hold tennis tournament

Philanthropy Inspired by the Needs of our Community (PINC), a Fresno nonprofit founded in 2008 to benefit other local nonprofits in the community, has announced that it will hold its first ever PINC Open Tennis Tournament at Fig Garden Swim & Racquet Club starting at noon on March 22.

Fresno foundation offers $205K in youth grants

The Fresno Regional Foundation is making $205,000 available to Central Valley organizations as part of its 2014 Youth Grant Cycle.