Editor's View: Blues riffs raise funds

By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Managing Editor
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It was quite a turnout Saturday evening for the El Dorado Hills Rotary Club’s Blues and Brews fundraiser. The group did a superb job putting on the shindig. For the full story, see the front page of this week’s paper. Club president Bill Tobin introduced me to some of the acts, including “American Idol” season four semi-final contestant Kelee Bordeaux. Hailing from Fairfield, Bordeaux said she has a connection to the region and used to regularly visit Placerville. The entire event is the kickoff for the planned El Dorado Hills Veterans Memorial, a worthy cause spearheaded by the Fallen Warriors Memorial Fund. John Cordova, a veteran, is passionate about getting the community involved in these projects, particularly in El Dorado Hills. He is trying to get Folsom and El Dorado Hills schools to pitch in with the project since the memorial is designed to be an educational tool to be used by teachers. I managed to spot El Dorado Hills CSD candidate Chuck Hammond, who is still in the running to unseat Billy Vandegrift for a seat on the board of directors. I did not spot Vandegrift. Tony Rogozinski was on hand, though. He did win re-election to the CSD board on Nov. 2. “This is great,” he said. “Such a great turnout.” Local Realtor Kari McCoy was busy working the entrance, ensuring people had their wristbands. “We pre-sold a lot of tickets,” she told me. McCoy is also a member of the Rotary club and a frequent contributor to our Telegraph Marketplace publication. According to Robert Leon, the Fallen Warriors Memorial group has reached out to many in the community, including Assemblywoman Alyson Huber, who recently won re-election. He said the group has received broad support for the project. Count me in as another supporter. I’m sure there will be many more. Don Chaddock is the managing editor of the El Dorado Hills Telegraph. He can be reached at