Foothills Sentry Page 2 November 2023 ACO 4202 YOU NEVER KNOW WHO’S LURKING! jadtec.com $ 15 95 /mo as low as SECURITY JADTEC 714 282 0828 | jadtec.com protecting your home from creepy, unwanted visitors! Orange Elks sponsor Reading Promise Program By Bill Neessen The Orange Elks teamed with its community partners to bring back the popular Reading Prom- ise Program following a COVID pause. Forty Elks and 30 volun- teers descended upon the Orange Main Library to promote literacy for the Orange Unified School District (OUSD) Title 1 schools. Nearly 700 students and their families attended the event. Each student received a gift from Or- ange GRIP (Gang Reduction In- tervention Partnership), a sticker from the Orange Police Depart- ment, and a child ID card. The children enjoyed facepaint- ing, balloons, entertainment, and received their own library card. Crafts were provided by Home Depot and Boy Scout Troop 1475. Snacks were provided by the Orange Kiwanis. Each student received a back- pack with books and school sup- plies donated by the Orange Elks, Orange Blossoms Auxiliary of the Assistance League and the Anaheim Moose Lodge. An Orange Fire Department truck, Orvis the therapy dog with handler Sara Pelly and Elroy T. Elk were present. Thank you to the Storytime Readers: Craig Coleman, Shaun Smith, Mayor Dan Slater, for- mer Mayor Mark Murphy, former U.S. Ambassador Gaddi Vasquez, OC Supervisor Don Wagner, Or- ange Councilmembers Arianna Barrios and Denis Bilodeau, and Police Chief Dan Adams. Former U.S. Ambassador Gaddi Vasquez, Orange Elks Exalted Ruler Janine Storm and Juan Osorio. Robbie Pitts and Bill Underwood Villa Park’s Bill Underwood was named the city’s Distinguished Citizen for September. Under- wood’s public sector and commu- nity/charitable experience spans 32 years. He is currently the city treasurer, and has chaired the Investment Advisory Committee for many years. Underwood has invested heavily in the community through his volunteerism, espe- cially via the local Rotary Chap- ter. His public service also in- cludes the Santiago Canyon Col- lege Foundation, Orange County Sheriff and the Orange County Grand Jury. Bill and Sherrie, his wife of 41 years, raised three chil- dren and have five grandchildren. Underwood was given the cita- tion by Mayor Robbie Pitts. Underwood is Distinguished Citizen Sharks Michael Rubin and Mark Cuban with baseball gloves awaiting Glove Wrap seasoning. Morgan, Gavin and Jon Batarse celebrate their win on “Shark Tank.” Young entrepreneur gets a deal on “Shark Tank” Gavin Batarse, an 8-year-old entrepreneur from North Tustin, pitched his Glove Wrap business on “Shark Tank,” Oct. 13, and walked away with a $50,000 in- vestment from Sharks Mark Cu- ban and Michael Rubin. He appeared with his dad, Jon, and sister, Morgan, to present his innovative product that breaks in and shapes baseball gloves and hockey goalie gloves. The Batarse family celebrated the night by hosting a “Shark Tank” watch party. “So many friends and family showed up to support Gavin and Morgan, and no one except us knew the outcome be- forehand,” Jon Batarse reports. “It was such an incredible mo- ment when, on the show, Gavin said ‘You got a deal’ to Mark and Michael. A dream come true.” The family had offered 20% eq- uity in their business for $50,000. The Sharks countered at 22%, and Gavin agreed. Gavin loves playing baseball. He and his dad/coach were trying to find an effective way to break in and shape his new baseball glove. After trying several tradi- tional methods, Gavin came up with the idea for Glove Wrap. It’s a simple elastomer band, with thickness, width and length care- fully crafted to apply the optimal amount of pressure required to shape the glove. A ball is placed in the pocket of the glove, Glove Wrap is tightly wound around the glove and left overnight. “Gavin had a great idea, and as his dad I wanted to teach him and Morgan how to turn his idea into reality,” Jon says. “It’s been fun teaching the kids all about busi- ness.” Along the way, Glove Wrap gained a following online. In a little over a year since launch- ing, they have nearly 100,000 followers on social media, and 30 million views on their videos. “The feedback on the product has been amazing,” Jon adds, “Play- ers from tee ball to the pros love Glove Wrap.” As of now, Glove Wrap is available at glovewrap.com , but Gavin’s plan is for every player to use Glove Wrap and for it to be sold everywhere. More than that, the Batarse family hopes its story encourages other young entrepre- neurs.