Paying it forward


Fresno_ToysForTots_kids1-wIn 2012 my husband Salvador Hernandez was laid off from work and I was a stay at home mom with no income. After joining The Niner Empire of Fresno we were able to volunteer at The Holy Cross Center.

It was there that we met some very wonderful people. They got to know my husband, myself and my kids and always welcomed us with open arms. After learning that my husband wasn’t working they were concerned about how we were going to provide Christmas presents to our kids since money was tight. Unbeknownst to us they had signed up our kids for gifts from Toys for Tots.

It was such an amazing feeling to know that my kids were not going to experience the pain of not having gifts on Christmas. In the months leading to the next years Christmas (2013) I thought it would be a great experience to give back to someone in need just like it was done for my family. So I proposed the idea of a toy drive to the committee. I’ll admit they weren’t to fond of the idea due to a concern of there not being a good turnout or enough participation from members.

Fresno_ToysForTots_santa_kids1-wBut I went out on a limb & contacted Toys for Tots just to get a general idea of what goes into doing a toy drive. That’s when I met Virginia Cardinal… She’s the Coordinator of Toys for Tots Fresno County. She was excited to work with us & her excitement fueled my desire to keep pushing the idea on the committee. I was able to get 1 committee member on board (Raul Madrigal) and even his wife (Stephanie Madrigal). Together we decided on a date, a location, made a flier & posted it on Facebook to see how many members were interested. To our surprise there were lots!

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Niner Empire of Fresno gets major acknowledgement by City Mayor

Fresno Logo_2015_250FRESNO, CA – The Mayor of the City of Fresno, CA. has proclaimed September 5th the official,


The Niner Empire of Fresno Chapter has been the true definition of “Representing with Class” by checking their egos at the door and becoming the selfless group of fans all about their family, their community and helping their fellow souls.

Never about seeking headlines, Niner Empire of Fresno lead by President Luis Lozano and VP Robert Vinton set the perfect example of this. Their good deeds did not go unnoticed as the depth of their community involvement was recognized by city officials.


Raul Madrigal a member of the leadership of the Fresno Chapter said it best, “I have always felt that as long as you do things from the heart, it’s all that really matters. Why push any more bad karma into the world we are bringing our kids into. Some good karma has returned our way, as the city of Fresno has recognized the good we do in our community. The mayor has declared that September 5th, 2015 will be known as Niner Empire of Fresno Day!!”

Way to “Represent with Class” Niner Empire of Fresno!!!

You make the Empire family proud with your shining achievement.

2nd Annual 408 Chapter BBQ Event

DSC_0067_Lisa_wSan Jose, CA – The much anticipated 2nd Annual 408 Niner Empire Chapter BBQ was held this past weekend at Lake Cunningham Regional Park. The  event was organized by Chapter President Lisa Gutierez who along with her sister Elena showed up  at 5am at the park to start setting up. After working year around for different causes in their community, it was time to kick off a new season of celebrating life with the Empire family.

After word got out after last year’s much talked about event, folks who missed it made sure to mark their calendars as soon as this event was announced.

San Francisco Bay Area recording artist Jose Santana’s management connected with the 408 Event coordinators and announced he would be shooting his next 49er Anthem “Niner Party” music video at the event as well.

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As fans arrived and began setting up their canopies the grill was lit and volunteer grill masters Marlon Allen and Abel Rueda of F.F.F. (Forty-Niner Faithful Forum) went to work.


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Fresno Chapter joins forces with Raiders group to create Anti-Violence Event

presidentsFRESNO, CA. – The Niner Empire Fresno chapter yet again proves how a well organized group can be a real strength in their community. This past weekend Luis Lozano and his group joined forces with the local Raiders fan group, Raiders of the Central Valley group which is run by Art Perez to hold their first annual “Big Fresno Stop The Violence Rally” event. They promoted the anti-violence event saying, “If we can get along, you can get along”.

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Fresno Chapter Easter Event

The Niner Empire of Fresno Chapter held its annual Easter event this past Sunday. Everyone was excited to get together and start another year full of events.

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As Vice President Robert Vinton put it, Today was not like any other day, it was a day that we, The Niner Empire of Fresno came together once again to rejoice, see the smiles and talk amongst each other without missing a beat… To see the children play with each other, the brothers and sisters enjoying each others company, this day went well above what was expected… But yet again, we always go above and beyond when we are in each others presence… So to those that came out today and make this event another successful one, we thank you… The Niner Empire of Fresno, WE ARE FRESNO…!!!

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