Hollie Grimaldi-Flores

Hollie Grimaldi-Flores


Hollie Grimaldi Flores was born in Binghamton, New York and raised in a nearby suburb, Vestal. She is the youngest of seven children. In 1985 Hollie moved to California with a degree in radio and television production out of Syracuse, NY. She worked for an award winning video production company, David Watts Productions, in San Francisco and for the writer of a top weekly radio show, Countdown USA in Marin County as well as for KRCB-TV, a public access television station in Rohnert Park, CA before moving to Grass Valley in 1995. After relocating to Nevada County, Hollie worked in a mechanical engineering firm and eventually started her own bookkeeping business before deciding to pursue a return to her first love  broadcasting. Hollie is past president of Soroptimist International of Grass Valley and the Board of Directors of the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition. Hollie has two children from a previous marriage. Trevor Daniel Wade born in 1990 and Courtney Taylor Wade born in 1994. She is married to Ernie Flores and is sharing the responsibility of raising five boys: Michael, Stephen, Nicholas, Christopher and Timothy aged 26 to 17 as well. When not at the station, Hollie enjoys spending time watching local sports, hiking at the river, reading and attending local events with friends.

A Generous Community – $352.65 raised to support Every 15 Minutes

I love this community.  You probably already know that.  I say it all the time. My heart is softened once again after just visiting with my 17 year old daughter, Courtney.  Courtney has spent her Saturday sitting in front of Savemart,  holding a bake sale as part of her senior project.  She baked cookies, brownies, cupcakes and lemon bars to raise funds in support of the Every 15 Minutes program that takes place in a couple of weeks at Nevada Union.  The program is so named because when it was founded,  statistically,  a person was killed in an alcohol related collision every 15 minutes.  A sobering statistic indeed.  Now a two day event that alternates years between Bear River and Nevada Union, Every 15 Minutes reenacts a fatal collision resulting in the arrest of a student, the death of another and all the pain that follows.  Courtney put out her baked goods and coffee donated by Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters and asked for donations.  The response has been impressive.  She said she had no idea how emotional the day would be as people came forward to reveal stories of alcohol related deaths that touched them, or of peace officers who passed away, or the simple thank you some people bestow as they place dollars in her donation jar.  I am sad that shortfalls in funding could mean the program gets cancelled or shorted in the future .  I am  proud of my daughter for understanding the importance of this program and I am humbled by this  generous community I am lucky enough to be part of.  $352.65 raised!

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