A big thank you to Disneyland Resort for awarding this $5,000 VoluntEARS donation to benefit the youth of Project S.A.Y. (Support Anaheim’s Youth). Pictured from left to right: Stephen Faessel, Larry Pasco, Ed Munson, John Guastaferro, Kimberly Chips, Bruce Solari, Orin Abrams, Priscilla Martinez, Steve Sain.
On November 2, teens from Project S.A.Y. (Support Anaheim’s Youth) took part in one of their largest community events to raise money and awareness for their program. The event was Dia de los Muertos: A Night of Community & Culture! Hundreds of families enjoyed the mariachi band, arts and crafts, altars, vendors, food, and student-led performances. Anaheim Community Foundation was proud to help celebrate with these amazing youth.
On October 1, the Anaheim Community Foundation (ACF) hosted its inaugural “Kicks for a Cause” Foot Golf Fundraiser & Reception at Dad Miller Golf Course. The day also featured the introduction of the foundation’s new Executive Director, John Guastaferro, CFRE.
On June 11, 2018, the ACF board was proud to pay tribute to long time board member Sarah Alevizon for her many years of service to ACF and the Anaheim community. “There is one thing that remains constant, and that is the importance of CHARITY. That is what the Anaheim Community Foundation has always represented—and still does.”
The City of Anaheim hosted its 2018 Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on March 21 at The National Grove of Anaheim. Anaheim Community Foundation was among the many organizations and individuals honored.
At the 10th Annual Disney Half Marathon, the Anaheim Community Foundation (ACF) was awarded $10,000 to support Project S.A.Y. (Support Anaheim’s Youth) and Summer Yourh Scholarships. ACF has been the celebratory charity of the race since it began. Ten members of Project S.A.Y. participated in the Disneyland 5K. Project S.A.Y. is one of many free programs for Anaheim youth in middle and high school made possible through ACF.
ACF Board Chair David Bostwick along with Project S.A.Y. students accepted the check at the event.
On February 2, 2015, the Board of Directors of the Anaheim Community Foundation unanimously named Irv Pickler Board Member Emeritus.
As a parent, community volunteer, City Councilmember, active service club member, ACF board member and many others, Irv’s leadership and sincere love for this community has been unparalleled. Anaheim is a much stronger city and a much better place to raise a family because of Irv’s dedication. Beyond his service to our community, Irv has served America and the world in the defense of freedom as a distinguished member of our armed forces.
As Board Member Emeritus, Irv Pickler’s lifelong efforts to make Anaheim a great place to live, work and play are recognized and never forgotten.
Erick Samayoa has been a resident of Anaheim for 10 years and was a participant in Project S.A.Y. from 2006 to 2010. In 2010 he was accepted to The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and is now serving on the USS Anzio as a naval officer. During 2013 he returned home to help out with the Project S.A.Y. Cycling Team.
In April, the Anaheim Community Foundation (ACF) announced $35,000 in assistance to 17 local service organizations through its Christopher K. Jarvi HELPING HANDS grant to strengthen youth, residents and community. Named after the founding Executive Director of the Anaheim Community Foundation, the Helping Hands grant honors the memory of Chris Jarvi, who passed away April 22, 2013. He was a strong advocate for youth and the Anaheim Community.