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.

Sebastian Maniscalco

Many people helped comedian, actor, best-selling author and podcast host Sebastian Maniscalco on his journey to stardom. With success it was important for him to both give back and pay forward the support he received along the way. To that end the comedy superstar and wife Lana Gomez established the Tag You’re It! Foundation. Created in 2016 as a way to directly support causes important to the two of them, the name of the foundation, Tag You’re It!, was inspired by the idea of paying it forward while also “tagging” others to do the same. The fund, set up with CCF, currently supports U.S. veterans, Alzheimer’s disease, and children’s education.

Through the foundation the couple have two goals, make a real impact with direct support to those in need and increase awareness and support for the causes. To date Tag You’re It! has donated over $250,000 to various charitable organizations including Volunteers of America, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International and National Center for Victims of Crime, Rolling Meadows Athletic Boosters Club as well as $50,000 to provide support to those affected by COVID-19 through donations to World Central Kitchen and to Charities Aid Foundation of America.

The causes supported by the Tag You’re It! Foundation speak to Sebastian and Lana’s personal experiences. After watching his grandfather suffer with Alzheimer’s and seeing the impact the disease had on his family, Sebastian wanted to give back to those affected by the disease and help find a cure. The funds donated toward Alzheimer’s will fuel research and assist with care.

Sebastian and Lana also feel passionate about giving back to those who give up so much to protect their family. The brave men and women of our armed forces give up their lives to protect our country. It was important for Sebastian and Lana to support U.S. veterans with issues they may face following their service.

Finally, with two young children, Serafina and Caruso, the couple also recognize the power and importance of education at an early age and wanted to support on a local and national level.

Sebastian Maniscalco presents a $17,000 check to the Volunteers of America of Illinois to benefit local veterans.

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 Tag You’re It Foundation. Checks should be mailed to:

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Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Gibson InternationalAbout Gibson International Charitable Foundation

“The Gibson International Charitable Foundation strives to make the communities we serve into better places to live through active involvement and financial support for local organizations in need.” This is our mission statement and all of the agents at Gibson International have opened their hearts and embraced its message.

Throughout the year agents generously donate a portion of their commissions so that the Charitable Foundation can contribute to local organizations such as Heal the Bay, Dream Street Foundation, Venice Family Clinic, Guide Dogs of America, YWCA, Disabled American Veterans… and the list goes on and on.

In addition to the monetary donations, the agents at Gibson International also rally their efforts to donate household supplies to shelters, gather coats and blankets for the Mission Project downtown, make sandwiches for PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) and adopt Veteran Families during the Holidays. Giving back is part of who we are at Gibson International!!

Update for the Gibson International Charitable Foundation

Thanks to the generosity of the Gibson International agents, clients, family and friends, the Foundation was able to make grants to over 26 different local organizations to help people and animals in need.

During the Holiday Season the Gibson International Foundation continues to reach out to the community by adopting several veterans and their families and providing food and gifts to brighten their holidays, as well as donating coats and blankets to The Mission Project in downtown LA and collecting toys for children who might not otherwise receive a gift at the holidays.

For more information about Gibson International, please visit www.gibsonintl.com.

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 Gibson International Charitable Foundation. Checks should be mailed to:

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Los Angeles, CA 90012

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whatkindofworlddoyouwant.com

John Ondrasik of the band Five For Fighting launched a charity-driven Web site in 2007, whatkindofworlddoyouwant.com, the first music video community site that raised money for charitable organizations. Visitors to the site contributed by making and posting a video for the Five For Fighting song, “World,” or by watching videos on the site. The charities personally chosen by John Ondrasik included Augie’s Quest, Save The Children, Fisher House Foundation, Autism Speaks and Operation Homefront. This project raised over $250,000 for the designated charities.

In 2021, John became involved with many organizations performing evacuations from Afghanistan of American Citizens, SIV holders, Afghan allies, and persons of high risk. His Afghanistan withdrawal protest song “Blood on my Hands” became a viral voice for many Afghan veterans. These experiences led to launch a bipartisan mission Americans for Afghanistan.

Americans for Afghanistan Five for Fighting Mission Points:

1. Support NGO’s who are continuing to evacuate and rescue American Citizens, SIV holders, Legal Permanent Residents, Afghan allies, and person of high risk still trapped in Afghanistan.

2. Provide Support and Services for Afghan Veterans suffering from PTSD due to the abandonment of their Afghan allies.

3. Be a loud and clear voice on behalf of the women and children of Afghanistan who are suffering the greatest women’s and children’s rights retrogradation in recent history.

4. Magnify the voices of Afghan artists who have escaped the Taliban and call for an end to the suppression of music, free expression, and the arts in Afghanistan.

5. Support, highlight, and create relocation efforts for Afghan refugees around the world.

All donations to Whatkindofworlddoyouwant.com will serve charitable organizations that serve the Americans for Afghanistan five mission points. Recipients will include the Gary Sinise Foundation and The Afghanistan National Institute of Music. More beneficiaries will be added soon.

In partnership with the California Community Foundation, online contributions can be made here.

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 WhatKindOfWorldDoYouWant.com. Checks should be mailed to:

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Army Sgt. Evan Asa Ashcraft , 24, an infantryman with the 101st Airborne Division, was one of three soldiers killed in Iraq on July 24, 2003 when the convoy in which he was traveling was attacked by gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades. Ashcraft’s Division was the first to enter Iraq.

For his exemplary military service and the valor he exhibited in rescuing two soldiers from a disabled vehicle in April, Ashcraft was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star medals. Ashcraft was buried with full military honors in Chatsworth, California, on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2003.

While his country will remember him as a hero, his family remembers him as a man of exceptional character. He was an accomplished student and musician, and aspired to complete his college education upon completing his military career.

While in Iraq, Evan said in letters and phone calls home during his deployment, “I’ve seen some terrible things. When I get home, I just want to help people.” The Evan Ashcraft Memorial Fund was created in order to fulfill Evan’s wishes.

The mission of the Evan Ashcraft Memorial Fund in its founding is to distribute medical and educational funds for United States military personnel living or deceased who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom or for their dependents. Recent events have focused this mission to providing post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) counseling.

Studies have shown that a significant per cent of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from PTSD. One study determined this to exceed 33% of all returning vets. The result of this disorder contributes to an increased level of homelessness, alcoholism, substance abuse, family disengagement and unemployment. These consequences bring increased suffering of veterans, their families and friends as well as a growing economic impact on our economy. Unfortunately, government resources are unable to keep up with the growing population of vets needing assistance. This resource shortfall is projected to continue for this decade.

Due to the growing problem of veteran support, the Fund provides support to non-governmental agencies for effective counseling to these men and women and their families who are affected by this insidious ailment.

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 Evan Ashcraft Memorial Fund. Checks should be mailed to:

California Community Foundation
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Los Angeles, CA 90012

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