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Unlike our wonderful service clubs in Madera that work hard to raise and donate 100 percent — or nearly that much — of all monies raised to youth activities, community betterment, and charities, a review of IRS filings of athletes compiled by the Boston Globe found many superstars failed to meet minimum giving rules.

The most notable (or notorious) was the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez. Seems A-Rod held a charitable poker tournament that raised $403,862 and a photo was taken of even a larger check being presented. The IRS reported that barely 1 percent of the total on the check reached charities — $5,000 to rapper Jay-Z’s Shawn Carter Scholarship fund and just $90 (yes, that’s 90 bucks) to a Miami Little League baseball team.

In contrast, former 49ers (now Kansas City Chiefs) quarterback Alex Smith, after a few expenses, passed along 91 percent of his received donations.

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Nice sightem. That would be seeing and meeting (again) Steve Sherrod. It has been nice seeing the son of the gentleman (Jerry Sherrod) who asked me to join the Lions Club a few decades ago. As for Steve he seems to be enjoying his retirement from Save Mart. Who’s next at the Howard Road store? Could it be the Lizard, John Lindsey? ...


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