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.

It all adds up.

I have been doing a bit of volunteer work here and there this holiday season and I just have to say, “You are so generous!” Wednesday night I helped sort toys with the good folks of the local Salvation Army. The sheer quantity was overwhelming. From bicycles to Matchbox cars, boxes and boxes of toys for every age were sorted and readied for families to come into the Vet’s Hall and pick up a thing or two for their loved ones.

Major Don Shephard and his wife Martha do a phenomenal job with distribution and of course, as they are on the front lines, have many stories to share. Last night was no exception. Martha came up with a bag of toys just dropped off by a woman who wanted to give tribute to the lives lost in Newtown last week. There were 20 toys in the bag.

Martha then let me know that many of the people I was working beside had spent the previous night in their cold weather shelter – having no where else to go, they offered to help those with even less.

And lastly, she thanks the community who responded to a request for sleeping bags. Nearly 2 dozen were dropped off within 24 hours.

Your one thing, coupled with another persons one thing, adds up to a community that is supported and cared for. Merry Christmas to all and best wishes for a prosperous and safe 2013.

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