Accolades: Girl collects shoes; Top performer hospital; Realtor completes training
by TP staff
Oct 04, 2012 | 3137 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Girl collects shoes for dozens of foster kids

Inspired by an ad she saw on the Disney Channel, Vanessa Pierson, a Tracy 7-year-old, donated 55 pairs of shoes this summer to a charity that helps foster children.

Instead of gifts for her seventh birthday, Vanessa asked her guests to give shoes for Sleep Train’s Foster Kids charity.

She received 38 pairs of new shoes July 7, the day of her birthday party, which was attended by 32 people. More donations arrived in the following days until she had 55 pairs, from infant size up to a boys size 13.

Vanessa and her parents delivered the shoes to the local Sleep Train Mattress Center, 2753 W. Grant Line Road.

Vanessa, a second-grader at Hirsch School, is the daughter of Lisa and Victor Pierson.

Hospital named ‘top performer’

For the second year in a row, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital has been named a “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures.”

The Joint Commission, a leading national accreditor, awarded the distinction to 620 hospitals in the United States for 2011. Only 244, including Sutter Tracy, were recognized in two consecutive years.

To earn the distinction, the local hospital met two 95 percent performance thresholds on accountability measures in pneumonia and surgical care.

Realtor completes training in foreclosure alternatives

Juana Dement, a realtor with Century 21 M&M and Associates, recently earned a specialist distinction based on in-depth training in the U.S. Treasury’s Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives programs.

Dement has specialized in the distressed housing market and is the founder and program director of the California Alternative to Foreclosure Program.

She is a certified distressed property expert and a short sale and foreclosure specialist.

• Accolades runs in Our Town whenever we hear about someone who has done something extraordinary and deserves kudos for it. If you have news for Accolades, send it to, or drop off a note at the Tracy Press office.
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