Why We Love Carmichael

Carmichael, CA  |  Story by Trina L. Drotar, Photo by Izzy Delancey
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Honorary Mayor of Carmichael Kelli Foley presents check for $1852.93 to Sharon Ruffner, president of the Carmichael Parks Foundation. Sharon Ruffner is on the right. Kelli Foley is on the left.

Kelli Foley Raises Funds for Carmichael Parks Foundation

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) – Kelli Foley dove headlong into her second campaign to be named Honorary Mayor of Carmichael by hosting an array of fundraisers. Each dollar raised, she explained, equaled one vote. She ran alongside two other candidates and raised just shy of $10,000. Twenty percent, $1852.93, was presented to Sharon Ruffner, president of the Carmichael Parks Foundation.

Foley did not miss a beat and brought her best to the events, which included a wine pull and a gift card pull at River City Brewery. Supporters paid $20 and were guaranteed a bottle of wine or a gift card worth at least that much. Some lucky winners received bottles worth up to $86 and gift cards worth up to $100. No one knew, until the bags were opened, what they had won.

The “Why We Love Carmichael” t-shirts were also a hit and were sold throughout the community. Perhaps the most interesting event was the gift card tree she raffled at the Mayor Mingle event hosted by the Carmichael Chamber of Commerce at Oakmont of Carmichael.

Foley, who owns Trillium Real Estate, is originally from the Carmichael/Fair Oaks area and chose the Carmichael Parks Foundation for the donation because she recalled swimming, playing softball and soccer, and enjoying what the parks had to offer.

Her favorite part of the non-political office is “all the people you get to meet and the non-profits and locals you get to help,” she said. Look for Foley around town at ribbon cuttings or in parks or schools interacting with children. For more information, visit https://www.carmichaelchamber.com/honorary-mayor-2019.html.