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CBMC/CBWC Christmas Program and Luncheon 2019
December 3, 2019 @ 11:45 am - 1:30 pm$20
CBMC Fresno and CBWC Fresno Christmas Program and Luncheon with Elvis
Lunch and Entertainment – $20 per person
Special Award Presentation
CBMC Fresno G.L. Johnson Award to Eli Loera & Norm Wiens
CBWC Woman of the Year Award to: Marvell French – Premier Valley Bank and Martha Kistler – Total Financial & Securities
Special entertainment from Jeremy “Elvis” Pearce
Jeremy Pearce has called the Central Valley home his entire life. He first discovered Elvis when he was about 6 years old and his own love of performing a couple years later when he entered a talent show for kids. He has been blessed to take that love and build it into a full-time career! Jeremy has taken his Elvis show all over the state and country in over 4,000 shows to date. In 2010, Jeremy was voted one of the Top Ten Elvis Tribute Artists in the world in Graceland’s Fan Choice Poll. One of the many things Jeremy has in common with Elvis is a recognition that his talent comes from God. Both grew up in church and were blessed with strong Christian upbringings. Getting to perform Elvis’ Gospel music is a wonderful way to stay rooted in what is truly important and to keep those truths at the forefront. “Blue Suede Shoes” may pay the bills, but “How Great Thou Art” can lead a soul to Jesus and Jeremy appreciates every chance to share that in his show.
Norm Wiens Bio
Growing up in San Jose, California Norm came to Fresno in the fall of 1969 to attend Pacific College. Having intended to only attend for one year and then transfer to Humboldt State he wanted to major in Game Management and work as a Forest Ranger or Game Warden. While attending Pacific, Norm met Ben Lester, a YFC(Youth for Christ) staff member, started to volunteer working with urban youth in the Butler Park neighborhood. Developing a program called Crusaders, Norm fell in love with the ministry of introducing youth to Jesus. In a win-win situation, Norm spent summers taking kids to Camp and back-packing in the Sierras. After Pacific College Bufe Karraker offered Norm a fulltime job, providing he could raise his salary. 47 years later he semi-retired having worked in Youth Guidance, Campus Life, Teen Dimension(later called Junior Varsity, now Campus Life M) and Administration having spent a short time as Interim Executive Director. Norm has also run the very successful YFC golf tournament for over 30 years. Now, Norm continues to work helping out when and where needed, but only about 10 hours a week. He continues to run the golf tournament in April.
City of Fresno Retirement Board starting her 20th year commitment since 1999.
- President of cCare (Cancer Care Associates) Connects Foundation for all of California (largest Oncology Center in California
- Leukemia & Lymphoma Society serving as Honorary Advisor on the Board of Directors since 2000 (former president
- Fresno Christian School Board with Foundation, which includes Annual Auction since 2006
- CBWC founding Board of Director/Community Outreach since inception in 2011.
- Healing Hearts/Fresno Rescue Mission/Police Chaplaincy Annual Golf Tournament PVB Founding Sponsor since 2006
- Several non profit committees working their fundraising events.
Marvell French has been honored by several organizations for her philanthropy work and successfully raises over 1 million dollars a year to contribute to many local nonprofits. They include:
- Ambassador of the year by The American Cancer Society in 1995
- Top Ten Business Professional Woman of The Year 1999
- Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Woman of the Year in 2010
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society honored her as recipient in naming their research center the “Marvell French Research Center for the Central Valley.”
Second Runner-up for Central Valley Mother of the Year in 2012
Marvell is married to Loren French for 51 years and they have 2 amazing daughters and son in laws, and 6 grandchildren who all are our greatest accomplishment in life and God’s greatest BLESSINGS to our family.
My commitment is always to “Make a Difference” in all I do, I believe when you give back by serving others, God richly gives back ten-fold every time. This commitment is to both my business and personal life.