Summer 2015 Newsletter

shapeimage_1 SUMMER 2015 NEWSLETTER

For many years “experts” considered a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy to be a losing battle. Enter Peninsula Outreach Programs. For over twenty years it has been our mission to help fund meaningful programs that will improve the quality of life for children and young adults living with C.P and other neuromotor disabilities.

What does “quality of life” look like when you or someone you love has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy? For many families, this has meant a unique struggle, one that requires working harder than most everyone you know. Thanks to the programs supported by POPSKIDS, it can also mean hope and a very particular brand of joy that comes in that moment of achieving a new personal best. POPSKIDS’ are battling for the Win!

One UCPNB/ BOOST Camp Mom tells the story ……

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For POPKIDS “Winning” looks like taking your premature twins home for the first time thanks in part, to funding toward an expanded, state of art, neo-natal care unit….

May 8, 2014 – Mr. Jon Guy, CFRE for St. Rose Dominican (Dignity Health) in Henderson, NV presented POPSKIDS and Ursula and Alan Miller with a dedication plaque for our support in the creation of a “nesting suite” to promote family bonding at the new Level II and III Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs).

The modern, comfortable Level III NICU features 26 NICU bays with the most advanced technology for monitoring sick and/or premature newborns while a caring, compassionate staff provides a full range of neonatal treatment for medically fragile infants.

Recent advances in neonatal care provide significant aid to prevent or minimize negative long term effects associated with premature births, improving physical functioning that may impact later development, including the development of healthy neuromotor skills.

June 17, 2015 – A “win” means the opportunity to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of our partnership with Executive Vice President and General Manger, Jack Brennan and the gang at Southern Wine & Spirits of Northern California

This sell out event included many long standing benefit sponsors along with a number of exciting new sponsors. A silent and a live auction were included for the first time, adding to the amazing success of the benefit. SW&S truly out did themselves. This year’s proceeds are expected to more than double the previous level of support to benefit POPKIDS.

Several of our former students returned to make the evening complete. Joe Pegueros started as one of
POPSKIDS first students in our Conductive Education program.
image2Joe is now a young man and an apparent master of sports trivia. “Winning” looks like Joe coming back to visit his old friends at SW&S, including a meet and greet with Warriors’ icon, Gary St. Jean and 49er Football’s legendary exec., Carmen Policy. Joe, now twenty-four years old, poignantly asked the full house not to forget about the older kids and young adults in need of continued programs.



Image: Joe and his parents with Ursula Miller at a SW&S event in 2002

Creighton Rochlin was three years old when he started at C.E. Boost Camp. Unable to walk, he was confined to a wheelchair. He is now fourteen years old, walking with the assistance of canes and attending

image3mainstream school. Despite his own determined accomplishments, Creighton humbly explained to the benefit audience that his take away win from Boost Camp was actually something that happened to his parents. “My Boost Camp experience allowed them to change their perspective about what I was cable of achieving.

Creighton is an avid history buff who aspires to study his way through the ancient cities of Europe.

Image: A young Creighton pictured with Jack Brennan


July 30, 2015 – Sinya does a “winning” hula dace from her wheelchair on graduation day at BOOST Camp’s summer Conductive Education program

Sinya will also be recognized for her achievements during Boost Camp at a special UCPNB awards ceremony held annually in August. POPSKIDS is a proud sponsor of the UCPNB “Life Without Limits” Recreation Academy


“Winning” can be bittersweet….

Dan and Nicki Miller have two young boys with C.P. Over the course of the 5 week Boost Camp program, other families may have witnessed their child experience a moment of “wow.” Nicki didn’t notice any particularly dramatic changes for her sons, Carson and Chase. What she seemed to notice might simplybe described as hope; a new sense of optimism coming alive with each small, consistent movement made day after day, allowing each of her sons the opportunity to work like “gangbusters” towards their own personal best.

Then, all too soon, Summer Boost Camp is over and it is back to the traditional Special Ed. While traditional classes can offer their own value to children with C.P., repetitive movement therapy such as that received through Conductive Education is unlikely to be part of the curriculum. A child faced with this current reality, may spend the majority of the school year “safely” secured to their chair.


For POPSKIDs, our partners and all of the families just like the Millers, “winning” looks exactly like our call to establish a year round Northern California School for Conductive Education. The hard work and determination of these children inspires us to move forward to make this dream a reality.



Sky Ranch Foundation

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People never stand so tall as when they stoop to help a child


July 2015 – At a Board meeting held recently in Tampa, Florida, Sky Ranch Foundation℠ ( reviewed Letters of Inquiry from several organizations that help in the rehabilitation of at-risk youth and has awarded $180,000 in grants to nine deserving organizations: Peninsula Outreach Programs, Inc and Pacific Lodge Youth Services of California, Rapid City Club for Boys and Boys & Girls Club of Rosebud of South Dakota, Boys and Girls Haven of Kentucky, Red Hook Initiative and Boys’ and Girls’ Towns of Italy of New York and Urban Initiatives and SOS Children’s Villages of Illinois.

Our first 2015 grant, $10,000, was awarded to Peninsula Outreach Programs Inc. (POPS Kids) of California. Founded in 1993, POPS Kids serves those in the community who are unable to receive aid from traditional sources. The Family Assistance Program and the Referral Service Program provide a valuable safety net for those “falling through the cracks”. However, it is their Conductive Education Program, added to POPS in 1995, that filled the greatest and most immediate need. To learn more, visit

George McCarthy, Chairman and Ralph Aguera, President of Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ note, “We are proud to award a renewed grant to POPS Kids. Their continued good work has helped hundreds of at-risk boys and girls”.

Ursula Miller, Founder and CEO of POPS Kids says, “For the third year in a row Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ is generously supporting Life Without Limits, a unique program providing opportunities for motor disabled children to enjoy summer recreation. The generosity of the beverage alcohol industry at large, including Sky Ranch Foundation and Southern Wine & Spirits, has been a lifeline for our program expansion in Northern and Southern California. We could not grow these programs without their ongoing support and we are most grateful.”

Please join the Foundation ℠ at our memorial ceremony in South Dakota on Saturday August 29 as we unveil a distinctive plaque designed to honor the dedicated men and women who worked at Sky Ranch for Boys ® during its 51 years of service. For information, contact Dori Bryant at 727-947-3522 and

About Sky Ranch Foundation and Sky Ranch For Boys ®

Since 2011, the Foundation ℠ has awarded $922,394 in grants to organizations providing support for at-risk youth. Formed in 1961 and building on more than 50 years of tradition, Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ is a tax-exempt charitable organization committed to identifying and offering grants to efficient and effective programs focused on improving the quality of help available to these youth.

Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ is governed by a board of directors comprised mainly of active and retired members of the beverage alcohol industry. The Foundation’s ℠ funds have come largely from individuals and companies associated with the beer, wine and spirits industries and reflects the industry’s great concern and commitment for at-risk youth.