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Antioch girl places third in nation at NFL Punt, Pass & Kick contest during Pro Bowl weekend

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Kori Margain with her Third Place trophy in the national 2016 NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition.

By Allen Payton

Antioch nine-year old, Kori Margain brought home the bronze by placing third at the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition during the Pro Bowl weekend in Florida, on Saturday, January 27, 2017. She was one of four girls to represent the Oakland Raiders nationally, but one of only four girls in the eight- and nine-year-old age group to make it to the finals.

According to their website, NFL Punt, Pass & Kick is “the oldest grassroots initiative at the NFL” and allows children ages 6-15 “to experience the fun of learning football fundamentals in an engaging and supportive non-contact environment.”

“Kori, a fourth-grader, started last November in a local competition,” said her mother Melissa Margain, a former field representative for County Supervisor Mary Piepho. “She won first place, there and moved up to sectionals and team competition, which was held in the Oakland Coliseum before the Raiders game in December.”

Since she was the winner of that competition, Kori earned the right to go the Raiders game, later that day and of course, Mom went with her.

The scores from that day from all the sectionals across the country were then sent to the NFL for comparison.

“They took only the top four scores from each of the 32 teams for each age group to determine who would go to the national finals,” Melissa explained.

Kori competed in the competition for eight- and nine-year-old girls and was one of the top four competitors from the Raiders.

The NFL selected the top four scores in the nation for each age category and Kori’s score was one of them, earning her a spot in the final competition.

During the competition on Saturday, “she placed third in the nation for her scores,” Melissa stated

“They sent the competitors to the Pro Bowl weekend for four days, including a trip to Disney World, interviews by the football players during a media day, and they got to attend the Pro Bowl,” said Melissa.

Asked if Mom got to attend, as well, Melissa responded with a laugh, “I did.”

This was Kori’s second year competing in the contest.

“I participated, last year, too,” Kori said.

Kori with some of her friends from the competition.

She made it to the team competition but not to the finals, the first time. Then, for this year’s competition, she said “I practiced with my family” to improve her skills.

“I competed on Friday and went to Disneyworld on Saturday,” Kori shared. Then they went to the Pro Bowl

game on Sunday.

The most fun Kori said she had was hanging out with her new friends from the competition.

“One from the Oakland Raiders, one from the Chicago Bears, one from the Seattle Seahawks and one from the Chargers,” she said.

Asked if she thinks other kids should participate in the competition, Kori responded, “Yes, it’s fun, you make good friends.”

Her favorite subjects in school are math and reading, and when asked if she wants to play on the high school football team, Kori replied, “No. I’m more into basketball.” She wants to be a WNBA player when she grows up.

A message was posted on the Antioch Unified School District’s Facebook page congratulating Kori for her success in the competition.

“Congratulations to Kori Morgain, 4th grade student at John Muir Elementary, who recently competed in the National NFL Punt, Pass, and Kick competition where she placed third in The United States. Prior to the national completion, Kori beat out thousands of other children in her age category and placed first in her local, sectional, and team competitions. More than 300,000 children throughout The United States participated in the event where they represented a professional football team. Kori represented The Raiders who recognized her at a recent game. Congratulations Kori!”

For more information on the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition, visit www.nflppk.com.

 

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Delta Blues Festival Benefit Concert at El Campanil, March 4

Monday, February 20th, 2017

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WNBA Hall of Famer Ruthie Bolton-Holyfield at Park Middle School Black History Month event in Antioch, Feb. 23

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

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Free screening of documentary film and discussion on the 13th Amendment ending slavery at Antioch AMC Theaters, Monday, Feb. 20

Monday, February 13th, 2017

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Antioch Historical Society seeking volunteer board members

Friday, February 10th, 2017
Antioch Historical Society Museum

Antioch Historical Society Museum

The Antioch Historical Society is accepting applications to fill openings on their Board of Directors.  Board meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 10 AM – 1 PM at the museum.  In addition, Board Members are expected to volunteer for events.

Applications may be picked up at the museum on Wednesdays or Saturdays from 1-4 PM or email AntiochHistoricalSociety@comcast.net to request an electronic copy or download one, here: AHSociety Board Member Application

The museum is located at 1500 West 4th Street, at the corner (curve) of Auto Center Drive, in downtown Antioch. For more information, please all the museum office, 925 757-1326.

 

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Vote for your favorite Antioch businesses in the 2017 People’s Choice Awards contest

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

2017 People's Choice Awards logos

See pages 9 & 10 of the February issue

Who will you choose for your favorite Antioch businesses, this year? Now is your chance to decide and we’ll honor the best businesses with the 2017 Antioch People’s Choice Awards with either a Gold, Silver or Bronze.

You’ll be entered to win a gift certificate from a local, Antioch business just for completing and turning in a ballot. The deadline is March 10 to submit your ballot to the Antioch Herald office at 101 H Street, Waldie Plaza, Suite 3 in the old Casino Building in Antioch’s historic, downtown Rivertown.

So, turn to pages 9 and 10 of the February issue cut out the official ballot or click on the Antioch People’s Choice Awards link at the top of our website, or download the ballot, print out and start voting! 2017 Antioch People’s Choice Awards Official Ballot

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Tickets available for 11th annual Deer Valley Foundation gala dinner and dance, March 4

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

17-DV-Foundation_Gala_Dinner_FlyerClick here to download form – 17-DV-Foundation Gala Dinner Flyer

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More than enough funds raised for new county fair livestock scale at annual Heritage Foundation dinner

Monday, February 6th, 2017
Auctioneer Steve Limrite

Auctioneer Steve Limrite takes bids on one of the tasty cakes that helped raised thousands of dollars during the annual Heritage Foundation dinner benefiting the Contra Costa County Fair on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017.

This peanut butter cup cake went for $2,000. That's almost $300 per peanut butter cup!

This peanut butter cup cake went for $2,000. That’s almost $300 per peanut butter cup!

One cake sells for $2,000 during live auction

By Allen Payton

Hundreds of supporters of the Contra Costa County Fair came out for the 3rd Annual Heritage Foundation Membership Dinner on Saturday night, January 28, 2017 and contributed thousands of dollars toward a new, digital livestock scale and other support for the fair. The scale is used during the fair for the animal auctions and the current one is 30 years old.

Folks enjoyed a dinner of tri-tip, beef brisket, tasty chili and baked potatoes with all the fixings, cooked by Tom Hartrick and a team of volunteers and served by young people who are members of Contra Costa County 4H clubs and Brentwood Future Farmers of America (FFA).

The foundation’s goal has been to raise $7,000 by March 1, 2017 for the new scale and they more than met their goal with $16,695 raised, that night alone.

This carrot cake donated by Jeff Warrenburg was auctioned off for $200.

This carrot cake donated by Jeff Warrenburg was auctioned off for $200.

The most generous supporters of the fundraiser were the folks at the table hosted by Les Schwab Tires of Martinez. They not only outbid many others during the lively cake auction led by auctioneer and Fair Board Member Steve Limrite, but one of them donated back the $520 he won during one of the 50-50 playing card raffles. Plus, they donated a set of four tires as an auction item, which was won for a price of $800 by outgoing Foundation Board President Jeff Warrenburg.

But, the most generous, individual contributor of the night was Bob Sherwood who out bid the competition in the most exciting part of the cake auction, spending $2,000 for a peanut butter cup cake. Other cakes, like a gluten free cake with the Heritage Foundation logo on it sold for $90 and the carrot cake, also with the Heritage Foundation logo on it donated by Warrenburg, went for $200.

Jeff Warrenburg foundation Board President for 2016 hands off the oversized gavel to 2017 President Felicia Cursi.

Jeff Warrenburg foundation Board President for 2016 hands off the oversized gavel to 2017 President Felicia Cursi.

Another $1,500 was raised when one of the Platinum Tables for next year’s dinner was auctioned off to a guest sitting at one of those special table, at this year’s dinner. Platinum Table guests get to served appetizers, unlimited drinks and dinner service without standing in line.

Warrenburg thanked his officers and board members for their service over the past year, including Vice President Bill Chivers, Secretary Tami Daniels, Treasurer Laurie Limrite and Board Members Tom Hartrick, Laura Glass and Felicia Cursi.

He then introduced Cursi as the new Board President for 2017, handing her an oversized gavel to help her in running the meetings. Warrenburg also introduced Joe Brengle, the new Chief Executive Officer for the County Fair.

Also announced was the winner of the Heritage Foundation’s 2017 Scholarship award, Bailey Newlin of Tassajara Valley 4H. She has been an active member of 4H since she was nine years old and this year marks her ninth year involved in horse, market lamb, market goat, market hog, CCC Camp leadership and finance, with the organization.

The annual fundraising dinner was well attended by supporters of the County Fair.

The annual fundraising dinner was well attended by supporters of the County Fair.

Next year Newlin will use her scholarship funds to attend the University of Tennessee at Martin where she will be studying veteran science. She plans to specialize in large animal care and nutrition. Newlin is also excited that she will be a member of the NCAA Equestrian team and competing in western horsemanship and reining, against top, Division 1 schools in the country.

Membership in the foundation is available for as little as $125 per year. Download the form, here: Heritage Foundation membership form

For more information about the foundation, visit www.ccheritage.net. For more information about the Contra Costa County Fair, visit www.contracostafair.com. This year’s fair will be held May 18-21.

Bob Sherwood gets his peanut butter cup cake for which he had the winning bid of $2,000.

Bob Sherwood takes the cake, literally. A volunteer delivers his peanut butter cup cake for which he had the winning bid of $2,000.

 

 

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