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Anaheim California, 5/6/12. We Give Thanks, The Cinco De Mayo Festival and Wells Fargo partnered this year to provide scholarships to five local high school students on Sunday, May 6th at the Cinco De Mayo Celebration at La Palma Park in Anaheim. Each student this year was awarded $1500.00. The winners are:

NICHOLAS CHIU from Oxford Academy and will be attending Cal State Long Beach and wants to be an Orthodontist.
EDWARD DRAGHIEI from Loara will be attending UCLA and studying to be a Chemical Engineer.
STEPHEN PETERSON from Savanna High School will be studying to be a coach and teacher at BYU Idaho.
JESSICA PHAM from Western High School will be attending UCLA and studying to be a Pharmacist.
MARCELLA SURJONO from Anaheim High School will be attending UCI in the fall studying to be a Pediatrician.

Congratulations to all of our Scholarship recipients!!

‘We Give Thanks’ Founder Frank Garcia to be Honored as
Americana Man of the Year at 36th Annual Awards on 2/26/11

Anaheim restaurant owner and philanthropist Frank Garcia is being honored as the Man of the Year at the Cypress College Foundation’s 36th Annual Americana Awards. The Americana Awards, sponsored by Union Bank, N.A., will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2011 in the Disneyland Hotel’s Grand Ballroom.

The owner of La Casa Garcia Mexican Restaurants in Anaheim, Garcia is known as an altruistic businessman who serves those who are less fortunate through his “We Give Thanks” organization.  Well known in the community for his generosity and gifts to the less fortunate, Garcia established We Give Thanks in 1985 with a mission “to promote the health and well being the of needy community members of the Orange County and Los Angeles communities and, thereby make a substantial contribution to their quality of life.”

Garcia has hosted annual Thanksgiving dinners — first at his restaurant, and for the past 5 years at Honda Center — for those in need. An estimated 20,000 people attended the 2010 We Give Thanks, which has served a quarter-million people during its 24-year history.
For the last six years, he celebrates the Christmas season with the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots to see that needy children receive a toy. Garcia has also extended himself by adopting 28 children from an orphanage in Tijuana, providing clothes, school supplies, and food, when needed.  As a response to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Garcia and his crew wanted to assist those who were victims. They were directed by authorities to Corpus Christi, TX. He raised $8,000, and recruited 12 chefs to join him. They spent two weeks feeding breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 700 people living in a shelter.  In the midst of all of his activities, Garcia says, “The main thing in life is to have a family.” Garcia and his wife, Silvia, have five children and nine grandchildren.

The Americana Awards are the single-largest fundraiser for Cypress College and represent a primary source of funding for the Cypress College Foundation, which funds a variety of projects including student scholarships and other special projects.  Tickets for the Americana Awards are available from the Cypress College Foundation for $225 per  person with various sponsorship levels also available. Information is available by calling (714) 484-7126 or at http://www.CypressCollege.edu or http://www.Facebook.com/AmericanaAwards. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with no-host cocktails and a silent auction. Dinner is served at 7 p.m.
In addition to the Man of the Year presentation to Garcia, the America Awards salute citizens of the year from the eight cities in the college’ primary service area. Citizens of the Year are: Patricia Pina, Anaheim; Diana Scheerhorn, Ph.D, Buena Park; Frann Shermet, Cypress; Pat Halberstadt, Garden Grove;  Ron and Elfriede MacIver, La Palma; Alice B. Jempsa, Los Alamitos/Rossmoor; James C. Caviola, Seal Beach; and Sandra Stubban, Stanton.

For more information about the Americana
Awards, please call the Cypress College Foundation
office at (714) 484-7126 or visit: http://www.cypresscollege.edu/about/Foundation/.

The 24th Annual We Give Thanks Thanksgiving Day Event provided 18,000 meals to those need!  Click the link below for all of the media coverage.

http://www.criticalmention.com/report/4554×183835.htm

20,000 gather at OC free Thanksgiving event

Thursday, November 25, 2010

By Elex Michaelson

ANAHEIM, Calif. (KABC) — Thousands of people are busy at the Honda Center on Thanksgiving Day preparing and serving a feast for tens of thousands in Anaheim.

This is the 24th year La Casa Garcia restaurant has been serving free Thanksgiving dinner to the public.

“Everybody’s invited. Whoever doesn’t have a meal to eat, or if you just want company, you don’t have anybody to eat with, just come over, you’re invited,” said Claudio Loyola of Jay’s Catering.

The Anaheim Ducks joined volunteers and hand out food.

Last year, 17,000 people were served meals, and this year organizers expected 20,000 people. Loyola said they are expecting more people this year because of the economy.

Frank Garcia, founder of the event, said he wanted to provide a hot meal to those who couldn’t have it.

“A lot of people don’t know what Thanksgiving is all about,” Garcia said. “Thanksgiving is to give thanks to God that you got this plate in front of you. There’s a lot of people who don’t have it.”

Garcia urged everyone to join them at the Honda Center.

“I don’t care who you are, please be here with us,” Garcia said.

Meals were provided from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Click link for video: http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/orange_county&id=7809605


OCMetro.com – November 23, 2010

Honda Center hosts 20,000 for Thanksgiving dinner

La Casa Garcia, We Give Thanks, Anaheim Ducks team up to feed Orange County’s underserved

By Regine Rafael

The Anaheim Ducks, La Casa Garcia Restaurant and We Give Thanks are teaming up to serve Thanksgiving dinner to about 20,000 local underserved individuals at the Honda Center on Thursday.

The 24th annual program, which will be held at the venue for the fifth consecutive year, includes a turkey-carving ceremony at 10:45 a.m., as well as entertainment and music. Ducks team members and community leaders will be on hand to serve the food.

“It is a great feeling to help so many families have a hot meal to eat on Thanksgiving,” said Frank Garcia, founder of the Anaheim-based nonprofit.

Last year, more than 17,000 individuals attended the event, and a whopping 700 turkeys were served.

“Having the event at Honda Center has allowed us to have a positive effect on even more people in our community, and for that we are thankful,” said Garcia.

The event runs until 3 p.m.

ABC7.com – Nov. 25, 2010

20,000 expected at OC free Thanksgiving event

Thursday, November 25, 2010

By Elex Michaelson

ANAHEIM, Calif. (KABC) — Thousands of people are busy at the Honda Center on Thanksgiving Day preparing and serving a feast for tens of thousands in Anaheim.

This is the 24th year La Casa Garcia restaurant has been serving free Thanksgiving dinner to the public.

“Everybody’s invited. Whoever doesn’t have a meal to eat, or if you just want company, you don’t have anybody to eat with, just come over, you’re invited,” said Claudio Loyola of Jay’s Catering.

The Anaheim Ducks is expected to join volunteers and hand out food.

Last year, 17,000 people were served meals, and this year, organizers are expecting 20,000 people. Loyola said they are expecting more people this year because of the economy.

Frank Garcia, founder of the event, said he wanted to provide a hot meal to those who couldn’t have it.

“A lot of people don’t know what Thanksgiving is all about,” Garcia said. “Thanksgiving is to give thanks to God that you got this plate in front of you. There’s a lot of people who don’t have it.”

Garcia urged everyone to join them at the Honda Center.

“I don’t care who you are, please be here with us,” Garcia said.

Meals will be provided from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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