George Rogers loved and supported the Airport Neighborhood as a teacher at Orville Wright Elementary School for 30 years. In recognition of his dedication to the community he served, the City of Modesto named a park in his memory next to the school he held so dear. Since 2003, The George Rogers Neighborhood Park Fund, housed with Stanislaus Community Foundation, has been raising funds to maintain the park, support the Orville Wright Little League and offering scholarships to area students. This year, George’s friends and family have launched the “Think of Me” campaign to raise $2,500 by April 1. To kick off the drive, George’s son, David, was gracious enough to answer some questions about the fund, and, of course, his favorite karaoke jams. Read more here.
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If you breathe air and live in Modesto, it’s extremely likely you’ve already met Ron Dickerson. Along with his wife Lynn, the Dickersons have two funds with Stanislaus Community Foundation and are heavily involved in all aspects of life in Stanislaus County, including philanthropy, arts & entertainment and community service. Most recently, Ron was elected President of Modesto Sunrise Rotary and has brought his love of “all things Texas” to the small, but mighty service organization. Even with his jam-packed social calendar, Ron was nice enough to answer five questions about some life philosophies and his thoughts on philanthropy. Read more here.
As part of its mission to build a culture of philanthropy in the region, Stanislaus Community Foundation has formed an Advisory Circle of local philanthropists who will engage with the organization in coming years to galvanize more local charitable investments. The Advisory Circle gathered for their first luncheon on Thursday, March 1, with presentations by local leaders on topics including crime and safety, regional economics, education and homelessness. In convening this group, Stanislaus Community Foundation strives to impact its larger vision of making Stanislaus County a community of choice where people live, work and thrive.