Anna Cox passed away peacefully in April of this year. She was a passionate wife, mother, grandmother, friend, colleague and mentor. She led with creativity and wholehearted empathy in all her endeavors. Her passion and steadfast belief drove Anna to be a dedicated advocate for expanding health options and a defender of the freedom to access them.

Introduced to homeopathy in a bio-physics class at the American University of Complementary Medicine where she earned her doctorate, she subsequently established an innovative and evidence-based practice in classical homeopathy in Los Angeles. Through her pioneering practice, she drove unprecedented healing with homeopathy, transforming hundreds of lives of those she helped heal.

Beyond her practice, Anna dedicated her life to fostering a society where anyone could access and explore various healing modalities without judgment or restriction. She championed the cause of health freedom, believing in the fundamental right of individuals to make informed decisions about their well-being and advocating for the freedom to choose their healing paths.

To this end, she served on the board of directors for the North American Society of Homeopaths and worked with Americans for Homeopathic Choice and the National Health Freedom Coalition, leveraging her clear communication and coalition building to envision strategic paths to secure the right to practice and be treated by homeopathy and other alternative health modalities.

We mourn the loss of a courageous individual, but we also celebrate her life of purpose, conviction, learning, and healing. Her spirit will live on through those she inspired and whose lives she transformed, and her advocacy will continue to shape the discourse surrounding health and wellness for years to come.

Anna cherished her family and devoted her entire life to helping ensure they each lived life to its fullest. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Brad; her daughter Courtney, son-in-law Andrew and grandchildren Austin, Arlo, and Tallulah; and her son Spencer, to be daughter-in-law Elianne and grandchild Sylvia.

The Anna Cox Health Freedom Fund has been set up to further the important work of three key not-for-profit organizations; outlined with links below:

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You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the Anna Cox Health Freedom Fund. The fund’s launching goal is $400,000. The family has seeded the goal with $250,000 and is offering an additional dollar-for-dollar match up to $50,000 for every donation made this year. The Fund donations to the three organizations will be stewarded by the Cox family.

Checks should be mailed to:

California Community Foundation
717 W Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Anna’s family will also be collating a book of tributes, photos, and memories in celebration of her life. To contribute, please share via email to courtneycutcliffe [@] gmail [.] com.

Beautiful Friends and Extended Community,

June 12th, 2023 marks the fourth anniversary since a drunk driver took our precious Ruby and Hart from us. Since those horrific, earliest days we’ve been searching for the best way to honor their legacies of joy, empathy, and kindness through some form of lasting philanthropy. We’ve come to realize that many of their talents and interests, from Ruby’s art and short stories to Hart’s ridiculous improvised characters and love of acting, began in very early childhood with an activity that most of us take for granted: reading and being read to. Ruby and Hart’s full but far too short lives were profoundly enriched by stories and characters that fueled their imaginations and filled their hearts.

Since publishing her first childrens’ novel, Gail has had the privilege of working with Writers and Artists Across the Country, an incredible organization that brings authors of childrens’ literature into underserved schools across the nation. Authors give their time, and WAAC provides every child with their own copy of the author’s book. Gail has seen firsthand the excitement that her visits have brought, and the way students’ beautiful faces light up when they’re given their very own copy to take home. Your donations will go toward sending authors into underserved schools all over the country with giant boxes of books, each of which will contain a Ruby and Hart Foundation bookplate. Students will be able to experience the joy of writing their name in their very own book.

Our goal is to raise $250,000 dollars so The Ruby and Hart Foundation can become a fully endowed fund that can meaningfully contribute to WAAC and organizations like it in perpetuity. We’re doing this under the umbrella of the California Community Fund. Please help us fulfill this ambitious and meaningful goal by giving generously. All details as to how to make fully tax-deductible contributions and learn how WAAC fulfills their extraordinary mission can be found below.

With love and gratitude, Gail & Colin

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for The Ruby & Hart Foundation. Checks should be mailed to:

California Community Foundation
717 W Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Contributions to the California Community Foundation represent irrevocable gifts subject to the legal and fiduciary control of the foundation’s board of directors. This charge will appear on your credit card statement as a payment to “Calif Comm Fdn – CCF”. In addition, California Community Foundation incurs a third-party administrative fee of 2.7 percent for credit card contributions. The foundation will charge the fee directly to the individual fund.

In Support Of
Ocean Conservation, Music and Military/Veterans

Robert K. Wrede, Esq. (Bob to friends and Rob to family) was passionate about music, the ocean and veterans. He reveled in telling stories about attending the Metropolitan Opera as a boy and knew the libretto of every major work. He surfed, kayaked and dove the majority of his life and continued boogie boarding until his early 70s. Rob was committed to veterans’ causes. He was a Captain in the Army, 82nd Airborne, graduate of Valley Forge Military Academy and attended Cornell Law School as a veteran.

Rob had exceptional oratory skills and thrived in his chosen career as a trial attorney representing international corporations, professionals, actors and entertainment executives with zeal. His deep, robust voice and physique made him a force to reckon with in the courtroom.

Later in his career Rob shifted from “warrior” to “peacemaker.” He was awarded the first Master In Laws degree (L.L.M.) at the prestigious Strauss Institute of Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine Law School where he was an adjunct professor. As he grew older and wiser, he found he was extremely adept at resolving matters via mediation and reconciliation. It was not unusual for him to arrive home and report that the plaintiff and defendant were hugging one another at the end of the day.

Rob is survived by his wife Ranlyn Tilley Hill Wrede and their children Kendrick Randolph Wrede and Kendlyn Mercedes Wrede; and his adult children Christian Kendrick Wrede (Jason Szabo) and Suzanne Wrede, their mother Joan De Flumeri Wrede and his and Joan’s grandson Bastian Wrede. Rob believed each of his family members to be extraordinary. He was openly proud of them.

Robert Kendrick Wrede, aged 83, passed on June 24, 2023 as the sounds of classical music and opera hung suspended in the air.

Contributions will support Ocean Conservation, Music and Veterans in the places he lived, had friends, and returned to again and again. (Los Angeles/Santa Monica, Marin County, Ithaca and Sun Valley).

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the Robert K. Wrede Memorial Fund. Checks should be mailed to:

California Community Foundation
717 W Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Contributions to the California Community Foundation represent irrevocable gifts subject to the legal and fiduciary control of the foundation’s board of directors. This charge will appear on your credit card statement as a payment to “Calif Comm Fdn – CCF”. In addition, California Community Foundation incurs a third-party administrative fee of 2.7 percent for credit card contributions. The foundation will charge the fee directly to the individual fund.

Monterey Park Community Healing Fund

The tragic events on January 21, 2023, that led to the deaths of 11 people, impacted the Monterey Park community at large.  Recognizing the need to facilitate healing of the community, the City of Monterey Park has partnered with the California Community Foundation to establish the Monterey Park Community Healing Fund, with a clear purpose:  To support Monterey Park and its neighbors through aid to community members affected by this tragedy as well as support for programs, initiatives and organizations designed to help Monterey Park heal and rebuild.

Community Resources

Please visit the link below for additional community and victim resources, helplines, and mental health services.
https://www.montereypark.ca.gov/healmpk

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is earmarked for the Monterey Park Community Healing Fund. Checks should be mailed to:

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717 W Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Contributions to the California Community Foundation represent irrevocable gifts subject to the legal and fiduciary control of the foundation’s board of directors. This charge will appear on your credit card statement as a payment to “Calif Comm Fdn – CCF”. In addition, California Community Foundation incurs a third-party administrative fee of 2.7 percent for credit card contributions. The foundation will charge the fee directly to the individual fund.

The purpose of the Foundation is to support and enhance fundraising efforts by offering matching donations for charitable events organized and sponsored by members of the JSS Tribe Peloton Community.

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the JennsMenn Foundation. Checks should be mailed to:

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Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Contributions to the California Community Foundation represent irrevocable gifts subject to the legal and fiduciary control of the foundation’s board of directors. This charge will appear on your credit card statement as a payment to “Calif Comm Fdn – CCF”. In addition, California Community Foundation incurs a third-party administrative fee of 2.7 percent for credit card contributions. The foundation will charge the fee directly to the individual fund.

 

Leslie Orticke, UCLA Black Alumni Assn

The Leslie Orticke Memorial Scholarship will financially support African American students transferring into UCLA. Members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (DST), Inc., and the New Environmental Leaders of America (NELA) have partnered with the UCLA Black Alumni Association (UBAA) to establish this scholarship under the umbrella of the Winston C. Doby Legacy Scholarship.

Ms. Orticke, who passed away in 2021, was a Los Angeles native with a lifetime commitment to community service and educating the underserved.  After receiving her A.A. degree from Santa Monica College, Ms. Orticke transferred to UCLA, where she was awarded a degree in Political Science. Given that she, herself, was a proud student, there is no gift Ms. Orticke would have appreciated more than a scholarship in her name that supports a new generation of transfer students at her beloved alma mater.

As an undergraduate, Ms. Orticke was an active member of DST’s Pi Chapter at UCLA.  After she graduated, she continued her commitment to DST by joining the Century City Alumnae Chapter.  In addition to her active membership with her beloved Sorority, Ms. Orticke volunteered with several community organizations, including UBAA, twice serving as the Chair of the UBAA Winston Doby Scholarship Gala. She also served in leadership roles in many other service-related organizations, including the Inglewood Pacific Chapter of the Links, Inc., the Commission of the Status of Women, the Los Angeles Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, the United Negro College Fund, and the Lullaby Guild.

Ms. Orticke dedicated her life to serving and supporting many worthy causes.  The community of organizations that benefitted from her generous heart and many, many hours of her time is honored to unite our efforts to endow the Leslie Orticke Memorial Scholarship. Your generous gift is very much appreciated and help UBAA continue Leslie Orticke’s impressive legacy of philanthropy, volunteerism, and community service.

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the Leslie Orticke Memorial Scholarship. Checks should be mailed to:

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Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Steve Moya, Great Potential Fund

Steve Moya, business executive, philanthropist, author and entrepreneur, was a founder of the Great Potential Fund at the California Community Foundation. Steve had a long history of working with many Latino organizations in areas as diverse as political empowerment, literacy, policy research, the arts and educational initiatives. The California Community Foundation will be carrying out his legacy via the Great Potential Fund.

The Great Potential Fund will support the advancement of Latino families and communities in greater Los Angeles County through 1) literacy and early childhood education, 2) civic education and engagement, and 3) community advocacy and organizing.

To listen to Steve’s StoryCorp interview with the California Community Foundation please click here:
https://www.calfund.org/donors-2/centennial-legacy-campaign/meet-the-donors/steve-moya/

To view the obituary for Steve Moya please click here:
https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/latimes/name/steve-moya-obituary?id=35834395

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the Great Potential Fund. Checks should be mailed to:

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Los Angeles, CA 90012

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George Shapiro

George Shapiro created the Festivus Fund on December 23rd, 2021 to support efforts he cared deeply about, including providing food and clothing to those in need, relieving suffering and promoting vitality through meditative practices and nurturing relationships with animals, supporting the health and happiness of children, and funding scholarships for low-income students.

George Shapiro died peacefully on May 26, 2022 at his home in Los Angeles, a few days after a joyous 91st birthday dinner with his family. He was deeply loved and respected by his many family members, friends and colleagues. He was also a revered and widely-loved talent manager and producer who guided the careers of many comedians, including Carl Reiner, Andy Kaufman and Jerry Seinfeld.

George is survived by Melody Shapiro, his lifelong friend and mother of his children, his brother Don Shapiro, son Dan Shapiro and daughter-in-law Hester Parker, daughter Carrie Shapiro Fuentes and son-in-law Mark Fuentes, Stefanie Shapiro and 5 grandchildren, Adam Shapiro, Nathan Fuentes, Audrey Fuentes, Skylar Shapiro and Alana Shapiro.

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the Festivus Fund. Checks should be mailed to:

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717 W Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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We are pleased to announce that the Battle Studios Community Project (BSCP) has been established in loving memory of Gregory Carlton Battle, who passed away on December 3, 2021. Gregory was an 8th degree Black Belt Master who trained under Grand Master Ki Whang Kim and became lead instructor at Kim Studios in Washington DC. Later, Gregory took his talents and Master Kim’s lessons west, and would teach Tae Kwon Do in the Venice, CA area for over 40 years.

Battle Studios began humbly with three students in a carport in Venice. However, in the tradition of legendary masters, Gregory’s philosophy—which emphasizes martial arts skills, personal development (especially dedication, discipline, and effort), and caring—transcended self-defense training. Three students in a carport became a community that spans the globe, multiple generations, and countless lives lived more fully.

Gregory’s broader mission meant that once a student started at Battle Studio, he would insist that they continue their study regardless of ability to pay. The Battle Studios Community Project is being established to continue Gregory’s mission. BSCP will provide martial arts training and life lessons to children, young adults and families who embrace Master Battle’s philosophy regardless of the ability to pay.

BSCP is currently securing its not-for-profit status. In the interim BSCP has partnered with the California Community Foundation (CCF), a 501(c)(3), to create and administer a fund on the CCF platform, advised by BSCP, that can receive tax deductible donations today.

 


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Los Angeles, CA 90012

 

The Philip M. Gonzalez Memorial Scholarship Fund honors Phil’s lifelong spirit of giving.  The fund awards an annual scholarship to support higher educational goals of graduating students from Phil’s high school alma mater (San Gabriel High School) located in the San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles, California.

Born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley, Phil was a force to be reckoned with. His love of music at a young age led him to a career in radio where he started at the bottom and rose to voice “Raoul” on KMET radio during the 70’s and early 80’s.  He loved the movie “Almost Famous” because he felt a connection with the times and music it featured.  He regaled anyone who would listen with his countless rock star encounters and stories with musicians like Phil Collins, Tom Petty and David Lee Roth. A prolific air guitar player, Phil was so proud of his career in radio and the colleagues that became life-long friends.

In 1986, Phil transitioned from radio to TV where he held positions in marketing, promotions, public service, etc. for the next 24 years. He was truly a master of his craft, not only building a reputation for himself within the industry but most importantly, helping to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for events such as the Special Olympics.  His work was his life and creating promotions and events to benefit non-profits in need was what kept him alive and vibrant.

He was genuine with his advice and mentored countless “interns” as they forged their own way within the entertainment industry.  He was never short on advice or connections to help propel other’s careers forward.

Phil adored his large, supportive family and would do ANYTHING for any one of his parents, siblings, nieces, nephews and Godchildren.

Those lucky enough to call Phil a friend would be hard pressed to find a better one.  He said what he meant and he meant what he said.  He was kind and unapologetically giving.  If anyone deserves to be remembered for his giving nature, it is undoubtedly Phil.

He will be forever missed by his friends and family but his legacy of giving will live on through the Philip M. Gonzalez Memorial Scholarship Fund.

 


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