2008 Outstanding Honorees
Robert and Margaret Sprague
When you think of Bob and Peggie Sprague you think long-term, loyal and enthusiastic supporters of our community. They give their time and financial resources so generously and so quietly – all because of their passion for causes, not for recognition. The Spragues’ have made transformational gifts to UC Irvine that support cancer and genetic programs, bio-medical research, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, social disorders and the list goes on. The Spragues’ most recent gift to UCI will support a new Women’s Cancer Research Center that will house faculty research and post–doc and resident training. The Spragues have generously supported a myriad of Orange County’s charitable organizations. Among them are the Orange County Museum of Art, Red Cross of America, MIND Research Institute, ARCS Foundation, Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Hoag Hospital, Orange County Performing Arts Center, Sherman Library and Gardens and the Big Sister League. The Spragues have devoted much of their lives to building an enormous legacy benefiting Orange County and beyond. Their generosity will live on through the countless patients, families, students and faculty who will benefit from the research and education that their support has provided.
Submitted by: University of California, Irvine
Marilyn McIntyre has been generously giving to the Orange County community since her husband Bob and she moved here in 1972. Her support focuses on serving the disadvantaged, promoting the arts, and healing the sick. She does this with gifts of time, resources and knowledge as a Board Member, supporter, patron, mentor, advocate, ambassador and friend. Her impact is immeasurable. Some of the projects she supports include: Hoag Hospital Presbyterian’s Nursing Education and Cancer programs; Saint Joseph Ballet’s building campaign and Beth Burns Legacy Endowment; Orange County Museum of Art’s youth education programs, exhibitions, and move to its current Fashion Island location; Women of Vision’s Christian humanitarian projects; Orange County Performing Arts Center; Pacific Symphony; and Angelitos de Oro. Marilyn has a humble and philanthropic heart and deserves to be honored for her many years of dignified and quiet service.
Submitted by: Hoag Hospital Foundation, Orange County Museum of Art, Saint Joseph Ballet and Women of Vision
Dottie Andrews, MOMS Orange County
As a parent advocate and concerned citizen, Dottie Andrews was instrumental in establishing town forums in 1989 to address the lack of prenatal care for low-income women in Orange County. From town forums to a task force convened by the Orange County Board of Supervisors, Dottie provided unwavering guidance. Begun as a unique public/private partnership, Dottie founded MOMS Orange County in 1992 with a mission to help women and their families have healthy babies by offering health care coordination, education, and access to community services. Dottie served as the Founding Executive Director from 1992 until 1996, after which, she served on the Board of Directors for 11 years. Dottie was recently elected to the organization’s first emeritus board member position where she continues to guide its mission. Under her exceptional leadership, MOMS Orange County has grown to serve more than 5,000 mothers and their babies each year. In addition to her work with MOMS Orange County, Dottie has either founded or played a key role in establishing many other organizations critical to the health and well-being of the community including the NICU Parent Services Program at CHOC, Parent Care, Inc., Family Support Network, Healthy Smiles For Kids of Orange County, and the Children’s Health Initiative of Orange County. Throughout Dottie’s lifetime of service, she has repeatedly demonstrated an ability to recognize a need and bring the right people together to make a difference. Dottie’s vision and leadership have been a true gift to mothers, children and families in Orange County and beyond.
Submitted by: Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County and MOMS Orange County
OUTSTANDING SMALL BUSINESS
The Golden Truffle Restaurant, Owner/Chef Alan Greeley
The Golden Truffle and its Chef/Owner Alan Greeley has consistently been an outstanding community leader throughout Orange County, providing local charities with leadership, financial support and hands-on philanthropic involvement. Alan’s kind heart and spirit of giving is inspirational and his bear hugs legendary! He is a founding chef for Share Our Selves Wild and Crazy Taco Night (est. 1992) and Celebrity Chefs Dinner and Auction (est. 1990) and has stayed with the events every year since serving several times as Head Chef. These two chef events are the primary funding sources for the SOS Food Pantry, which feeds approximately 200 families a day. Alan believes we all have a responsibility to make our community a safe and secure place for all residents. Alan’s community spirit extends to many charity events. Through The Golden Truffle, Alan goes the extra mile, frequently providing the rentals and flowers for an event in addition to the food, his staff, and his own personal expertise and presence. He also donates auction items to many groups. The Golden Truffle is a role model for good citizenship, giving back to the community far above and beyond what is normal for a small business.
Submitted by: Share Our Selves (SOS)
OUTSTANDING LARGE BUSINESS
Representing Wells Fargo from left to right: Jack Toan, Foundation Manager; Pat Murphy, Real Estate Manager; Kim Young, Regional Manager; Robbin Preciado, National Sales Manager; and John Evans, Group Regional Manager
Wells Fargo’s corporate values are founded on giving back to the communities it serves. The Wells Fargo Foundation was formed in 1978 to support organizations working to strengthen communities and improve the quality of life for those who live there. Through charitable contributions and the efforts of enthusiastic team member volunteers, Wells Fargo gives back to non-profit organizations that address vital community needs and issues. Last year, 328 local organizations like KOCE, American Red Cross of Orange County and the Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center benefited from more than $2.6 million in total cash contributions. Wells Fargo also has a tradition of encouraging team members to support causes and organizations they’re passionate about -- last year alone, local team members pledged more than $295,000 of their own money for non-profit organizations and schools. However, they give more than just money -- they give their time. In 2007, Orange County team members volunteered 6,300 hours and served on more than 60 non-profit boards of directors. As a major employer in Orange County, Wells Fargo is an extraordinary community leader and its 3,000 Orange County team members make a difference in the lives of people who live and work here everyday.
Submitted by: American Red Cross Orange County Chapter, KOCE-TV Foundation and Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center
OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER FUNDRAISER
Michael R. Harrison
Few individuals achieve as much for the benefit of the community through volunteer and fundraising leadership as Mike Harrison. He has volunteered and provided leadership benefiting the Orange County Council Boy Scouts of America, CHOC Padrinos, Harbor Day School, Ronald McDonald House of Orange County, Corona del Mar High School Cross Country Team, and Orange County Performing Arts Center. As a partner in Trico Realty, Inc. and President of Mike Harrison Construction, Mike inspired many of his building industry colleagues to donate goods and services for construction of the Orange County Ronald McDonald House. Out of a $2 million construction budget, about $1 million came in the form of building industry support. His example has motivated others to take similar action on numerous projects, including the Boy Scouts’ new Outdoor Education Center – a $30 million educational campus currently under construction on 210 acres of land donated by The Irvine Company. Mike and Lucille Harrison are longtime supporters of several youth organizations. Mike achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 1957 and received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award in 1997. He has served in various leadership positions in Scouting from Senior Patrol Leader to Scoutmaster to Chairman of the Board of the Orange County Council. Mike will tell you that he learned the satisfaction of volunteering as a young Boy Scout where he also learned the leadership skills to make things happen. Mike enjoys mentoring others to have the same vision and satisfaction from similar actions which help make our community a better place to live and our youth better prepared to lead in a positive direction.
Submitted by: Boy Scouts of America, OC Council Corona del Mar High School and Orange County Ronald McDonald House
OUTSTANDING PHILANTHROPIC GROUP
The Laguna Hills-Saddleback Kiwanis Club
The Laguna Hills-Saddleback Kiwanis Club is one of Orange County’s most prolific philanthropic groups. The club has been busy volunteering and raising funds to support the local community, local schools, and young people since 1967. While nearly all the club’s 100+ members are residents of the Laguna Woods retirement community, for this group, retiring from the world is the last thing on their minds. They have a keen desire to serve their community and fellow man; and Kiwanis offers them a vehicle for social contact, philanthropy, and community service. Over the years, Laguna Hills-Saddleback Kiwanis has donated over $1 million to local and international causes through membership dues, the ever-popular Pancake Breakfast, the Scholarship Fund Drive, and other fundraising activities. The Laguna Hills-Saddleback Kiwanis epitomize the Kiwanis International mission "to change the world, one child and one community at a time."
Submitted by: Saddleback Memorial Foundation
Morgan Wickett is a fifth grader who leads the way in rectifying the misnomer that Alzheimer’s is a disease that strikes the old and not the young. Her Great-Grandmother has Alzheimer’s, and Morgan takes action to raise awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Association in her honor. Drawing on volunteer experience at Calvary Chapter Grace Church, Morgan speaks about dementia with a deep perspective that far exceeds her age yet still motivates her peers. As a result of her efforts, she helped to raise $735 this past year. Morgan has also innovated new ways to take fundraising drives to the computer, shown remarkable leadership when interacting with donors, and responded to every call for help with an enthusiastic and impassioned "yes." Morgan is one outstanding youth whose zest for life and desire to make an impact on others have been instrumental in supporting Alzheimer’s disease and less fortunate and orphaned youth in Mexico.
Submitted by: Alzheimer’s Association Orange County Chapter and Calvary Chapel Grace Children’s Ministry