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Happy Hearts Fundraiser Another Big Success

7th Annual event continues to benefit the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Children's


Best Buy Market owner Skip Nugent created Happy Hearts in 2003 to honor the memory of his late daughter Heather whom passed away a few days before her 18th birthday from a car accident.  Her last days were spent in the Pediatric Care Unit (PICU) at Children’s Hospital. The Nugent family will forever be grateful for the care their daughter received at Children’s and have a “Happy Heart” despite the unfortunate outcome.

George the Giraffe helping Happy HeartsSince Heather’s passing Skip, her father, has rallied his employees and the communities of Hanford, Visalia and Lemoore to give back to Children’s and ensure that the Hospital remains the safety net for the children of the Valley for years to come; just as it was for their family.

The seventh annual Happy Hearts celebration has raised $68,311.89 to-date for the Hospital’s PICU.  The Happy Hearts campaign in total has contributed over $450,000 to Children’s Hospital with the goal of reaching the $500,000 mark this year.

The Happy Hearts fundraiser included $1 icon sales which are sold at Best Buy Markets in Visalia, Hanford, and Lemoore during the months of April & May.  Also the Visalia & Hanford markets hosted Happy Hearts Days on May 1st & May 8th, where 5 percent of the sales were added towards the donation total.

Happy Heart days also included a carnival, auction and BBQ as volunteers collected donations on the stores’ neighboring street corners.  Skip, owner and grateful father, sat on the corner at each location from dawn til’ dusk on a loud speaker encouraging everyone who drove by to give back to the Hospital which gives him and thousands of other fathers, mothers, grandparents and friends a “Happy Heart."  Adding to the fundraising excitement was the “Ride for Happy Hearts” Motorcycle Poker Run, which was held Sunday, May 2.

The Happy Hearts campaign will continue into August with the 3rd annual Happy Hearts Golf Tournament in Lemoore.  The goal is to raise more than $10,000 at the tournament to add to their fundraising total.  The golf tournament will be held Thursday, August 26 at the Lemoore Golf Course and includes lunch and an auction: Cost $100.00 per person.  For more information, please contact Gina Nixon at Best Buy Market (559) 410-6184 or download the Sign-Up Form.

Best Buy Markets recognizes the following Sponsors for making Happy Hearts a success.

Happy Hearts Golf Tournament Sponsors: 


  • C & S Wholesale Grocers
  • GWF Power System
  • Mr. Andy Vidak
  • Tony's Fine Foods
  • Donaghy Sales, LLC
  • Mepco
  • Sequoia Beverage Company
  • Valley Wide Beverage Company
  • Visalia Times Delta


  • IGA

Tee Sponsors      

  • Phillip Maroot
  • Costa Distributing
  • Scott Ratner & A Plus Grocers
  • Harris Ranch Beef Co.
  • Debbie & Jean Etchebehere
  • Mr. & Mrs. Edwin & Judy Kubale III
  • Grissom Walace
  • Windtamer Tarps
  • Danny & Darlene Newton
  • Volmer, Daniel, Gaebe & Grove, LLP
  • Huggy's, Giannola Management
  • Little Debbie & Bill Alford
  • Pabst Brewing
  • Firestone
  • Walker Brewing
  • Mr. & Mrs. Joanna Nugent
  • Foster Farm Dairy
  • Coca-Cola
  • Old Frank's Market
  • Frito Lay
  • Pepsi Cola
  • Cola Bottling Group
  • Freshko Produce
  • Skip Nugent
  • Sequoia Club
  • Mission Foods
  • Janet Thornsberry
  • Ameripride