National Philanthropy Day

Imperial Valley's 2016 National Philanthropy Day lunch celebration will take place at the Old Eucalyptus Schoolhouse in El Centro, CA on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.

Please join us for a celebration and gathering of community leaders, volunteers, and philanthropists to celebrate the impact of philanthropy benefiting the Imperial Valley, and to thank those individuals and businesses that have made exceptional contributions of their time, spirit and support to make the Imperial Valley a better place to live.

Please follow the links below to view/download the 2013, 2014, and 2015 NPD programs and honoree bios:

Congratulations and thank you to the 2015 honorees:

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Dennis Kern

Philanthropist of the Year

  • Edward "Jiggs" Johnson

Spirit of Philanthropy (Volunteer of the Year)

  • Mary Sue Shank

Philanthropic Corporation of the Year

  • Alford Distributing

Distinguished Philanthropist Award

  • Paul & Debbie Cameron
  • Bill Gates
  • Kevin & Kim Grizzle
  • George Martin
  • Sadie Rubin
  • Al & Alma Vinson

Distinguished Volunteer Award

  • James & Stacey Arthur
  • Bob Barros
  • Silvestre Benitez
  • Stacie Chandler
  • Rosa Caro
  • Martin Fitzurka
  • Richard Fragale
  • Timothy E. Kelley
  • Molly Johnson
  • Pam Littrell
  • Martha Luna
  • Betty Predmore
  • Roland Pritchard

Awards were presented to individuals and businesses that have demonstrated outstanding commitment and leadership in all aspects of philanthropy.

We would like to offer our gratitude to our sponsors and participating organizations for the 2015 event: 

Lifetime Acheivement Award Sponsor:

  • AT&T

Award Sponsors:

  • Ametza, LLC
  • Burgers & Beer
  • First Foundation Bank
  • First Imperial Credit Union
  • Union Bank


  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Brawley Community Foundation
  • Imperial Valley Community Foundation
  • Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation
  • Pioneers Memorial Hospital Foundation
  • Tenaska Solar Ventures
  • Volunteers of America - Southwest


  • Alford Distributing
  • Alliance Healthcare Foundation
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Imperial Valley
  • Cancer Resource Center of the Desert
  • El Centro Regional Medical Center Foundation
  • Imperial Valley College Foundation
  • Imperial Valley Desert Museum
  • Imperial Valley Food Bank
  • PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization)
  • Rotary Club of El Centro
  • Soroptimist International
  • United Way of Imperial County


  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Imperial County
  • City of El Centro
  • Imperial County Free Library
  • Imperial Valley Velo Club
  • Women of Virtue Empowerment Network (WOVEN)

We would also like to express our appreciation to the NPD Committee & Volunteers, whose input and assistance made the event possible:

NPD 2015 Committee & Volunteers

  • Gerard Delaney, NPD Chairman - Imperial Valley Community Foundation, Director
  • Anne Irigoyen, Master of Ceremonies - Imperial Valley Community Foundation, Director
  • CAPT William C. Doster, Keynote Speaker - United States Navy, NAF El Centro, Commanding Officer
  • Dr. Rev. Ron Griffen, Invocation - First United Methodist Church of El Centro, Pastor & Rotary Club of El Centro, President
  • Jaime Honold - Imperial Valley Community Foundation, Chairman
  • Robert Rubio - Imperial Valley Community Foundation, Director
  • Haydee Rodriguez (Club Advisor) & the CUHS Interact Club
  • Justin Espinoza - Imperial Valley Community Foundation, Volunteer
  • Vanessa Diaz - Imperial Valley Community Foundation, Volunteer
  • Ale Brock - Imperial Valley Community Foundation, Volunteer
  • Bobby Brock - Imperial Valley Community Foundation, President/CEO

For more information or questions, please contact Bobby Brock, IVCF President/CEO at (760) 336-0055 or email