San Bernardino & Mingle Bells Follow Up

Last night’s Mingle Bells Event became an important moment to hug friends and appreciate more than just what we have accomplished over the past year.

Our hearts were heavy as we learned how many of our friends have been affected by the terrorist attack in San Bernardino.

C.L. Lopez, who is the President of the California Association of Public information Officials (CAPIO) led this year’s Mingle Bells committee, our yearly event which brings together our local communications organizations (AAF, AMA, CAPIO, and PRSA).

C.L. is also the San Bernardino County Human Services spokesperson and told us more about the tragic events at the County Holiday party.  C.L. knew many people in the IRC conference room and told us the heart wrenching news that some of her friends and colleagues were killed.

In what was an agonizing night, C.L. waited for news with her friend and boss, Summer Adams, before confirmation that Summer’s husband, Robert Adams had been killed. Robert worked for the Public Health Department and leaves behind Summer and a 20 month old daughter, Savannah. They only found this out yesterday afternoon, a few hours before the general public.


From the San Bernardino Sun – “Our worst fears were confirmed today: our beloved Robert will not be coming home to us,” San Bernardino County Human Services spokeswoman C.L. Lopez wrote in a press release on behalf of the Adams family. The family is not interested in speaking with the press. She earlier wrote on Facebook. “He was a loving son, brother, husband and daddy to Savannah.”

There are 14 families that lost someone, and we would like to lend a hand to those in need. The leadership of our local communications groups thought it appropriate to place more focus on helping the Adams family.

We can help the Adams family directly by giving to a Go Fund Me account that has been setup,

We can all help the Adams indirectly by doing what we do professionally, communicating. Help push the Adam’s Family story and needs out to all our relationships, social media channels, media and more.

A broader fund has been set up by the Arrowhead United Way, to help those affected in San Bernardino. Donate directly at or Text SBUNITED to 71777.

In what is a horrible period during this holiday season, we can all help start the healing.

Sincerely, Peter Mobley, AAF-IE President & Jon Burgess, AAF-IE Past-President


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