This month’s issue of Riverside Magazine includes a feature on Riverside’s “Heroes of Giving” which shines the spotlight on some of the community’s brightest stars of philanthropy. These individuals are true champions for Riverside and represent the spirit of Seizing Our Destiny and heart of our community, each of them passionately pursuing the common good.
Below are excerpts on each of the featured heroes taken from the article:
- Malcolm Smith Family – Malcolm Smith Motorsports Foundation, Inc.
After Malcolm Smith’s successful racing career, winning the Baja 1000 race six times and the Baja 500 four times as well as numerous other titles that brought him fame and fortune, he decided to give back to the community where his success came from by providing support to the El Oasis orphanage in Valle Trinidad, Baja California.
- Steve and Cathy Kienle – Walter’s Children’s Charity Classic
When Steve and Cathy Kienle decided it was time to do something for the community, that something materialized as the Walter’s Children’s Charity Classic, an annual golf tournament that to date has raised more than $3.4 million benefiting Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.
- Palagi family – Mario’s Place
Not only are they feeding those who come to Mario’s Place, but the Palagis are using their business to help out in the community as well. Among other philanthropic gestures, the family donates catering for more than 50 events each year that support a number of Riverside charities, among them the Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center, Meals on Wheels, United Way, the Humane Society and American Heart Association. Andrea Palagi says the family’s giving is second nature, “We do it because it’s just the right thing to do. We give back, and the community is continually giving back to us.”
- Kathy Allavie – Riverside Art Museum
When it comes to volunteering and making a difference in the community, Kathy Allavie encourages everyone to get involved. There is one area for which she holds a strong affinity. “I have a passion for the arts,” she said. “I believe they add to the quality of life in our community. Without them, our community would really suffer.”
- Aaron Norris – The Community Foundation/Community Connect
If the Energizer Bunny were in human form, it just might look like Aaron Norris. That assessment comes from Sharilyn Hunke of The Community Foundation, which has benefited a great deal from Norris’ nonstop dedication. Overall, he has helped to raise more than $300,000 for various charitable organizations, and he just keeps going and going. (blog editor’s note: Aaron also serves on the Champions Council of Seizing Our Destiny and was instrumental in organizing Riverside’s first community-wide day of giving, Give Big Riverside.)
The above is just a short description of these incredible Riversiders. Click here to read the full article as published in December/January issue of Riverside Magazine (pgs. 14-16).