California Wildfires: How to Help

There are two massive fires in both Northern and Southern California right now. The fire near Paradise, known as the Camp fire, has become the most destructive in CA history destroying 6,700 structures so far. The Woolsey fire in Malibu in Southern California has claimed 177 structures and at one point caused evacuation of the entire town. The Hill fire in Ventura County has burned 4,351 acres but it is, thankfully, 80% contained as of today.

I’m sure just like me you know someone affected by these fires. My Chico State roommate’s mother lost her business, and her aunt and uncle lost their homes. Another friend told me his Malibu high school caught on fire, and his parents nearly lost their home.

Meanwhile all of us in smoky Sacramento are feeling helpless and dealing with a bit of cabin fever. So while you’re stuck at home or at your desk, maybe you can set some time aside to help the thousands of people in need. Below are a few vetted organizations that could use your support. If you prefer another org, Charity Navigator is a great tool. Stay safe!

Northern CA:

North Valley Community Foundation -

Caring Choices -

Enloe Medical Center -

Baby2Baby - (Look for the Target registry for fire victims)

Southern CA:

Humane Society of Ventura County -

United Way of Greater Los Angeles -

Entertainment Industry Foundation -

Baby2Baby - (Look for the Target registry for fire victims)


Sacramento >>> Boston

This past weekend my husband and I went to Boston for a good friend’s wedding. It was a whirlwind, but such a wonderful weekend with friends, food, and music - lots of music. The weekend began at SRV Boston where our friend Chef Mike (as our son calls him) creates amazing dishes like the Eggplant Mezzaluna with cippollini onions and shiso. It was amazing, and so great for my husband to be back with his college buddies. The weekend ended in beautiful Harvard at the Fruitlands Museum. It was the most beautiful wedding, overlooking the reds, oranges and yellows of the fall trees. Andrew and his beautiful wife, Rebecca, created such a special day for all of us.

And after many laughs and choreographed dances - and a 7 hour travel day (whew), we are back in Sacramento. Now if only the fall weather would hurry up and get here too!


Welcome to CDP SOCIAL!

I love supporting people and their businesses. So it makes sense that I’ve started this exciting new venture: supporting small businesses in the Sacramento Area by managing their social media platforms. Just this past weekend, I went with my husband to the Curtis Park Winetasting and Silent Auction at Sierra II. I did not stop eating, or drinking, making the rounds to each of the delicious vendors. It was a wonderful event! Lucky me, I was able to chat with both Buffalo Pizza & Ice Cream Co. & Cellar Door Platters, eat their fantastic food and learn more about their blossoming businesses. Head to my Instagram (cdp_social) to see more from the Winetasting!