2019 Kinecta Kindness Recipients
Allan Crawford – Bikeable Communities
Mike L., who nominated Allan wrote: “For the past 5 years, Allan has been dedicated to growing the sport of cycling and being an advocate for safer roads for cyclists in Long Beach with Bikeable Communities. He has been at the forefront helping with bike races and has brought local schools out to El Dorado Park to help educate kids on bike safety.” For his act of kindness, Allan received $250 for the non-profit of his choice, #Bikeable Communities.
Anna Conti – Su Casa - Ending Domestic Violence
Jesse R., who nominated Anna wrote: “Anna Conti is the Executive Director at Su Casa - Ending Domestic Violence. She continues to go above and beyond by doing what is right for our clients. It was because of Anna that Su Casa – Ending Domestic Violence received a grant from the County of Los Angeles.” For her act of kindness, Anna received $250 donation for the non-profit.
David Pulliam – United Charitable - Alterra Cycling Cycling
Yuri C., nominated David, said: “Mr. Pulliam volunteers countless hours to helping youth develop a love of bicycle racing. He is a man who not only coaches but inspires, motivates and helps our community.” For his kindness, David received $250 for the non-profit, United Charitable for Alterra Cycling.
Jane Dion – Rainbow Services
Jeanne F., who nominated Jane, said: “Jane has been a leader in both her professional and personal life in raising awareness about domestic violence and the need to provide shelter, support, education, and counseling for victims. She is a tireless advocate and a hero to countless families.” For her kindness, Jane received $250 for the non-profit of her choice: Rainbow Services.
Jerilynn Kacena – Operation Gratitude
Carol S., who nominated Jerilynn submitted: “Jerilynn supports and promotes the collection of items year-round for Operation Gratitude. She packs and sends care packages to our first responders, military troops and new recruits. Items that she includes with the care packages are handwritten letters, survival bracelets, knitted scarves as well as small toys.” For her act of kindness, Jerilynn received a $250 donation for Operation Gratitude.
Kelsey Brandin – Hearing Loss Association of America
Jeff S., who nominated Kelsey wrote: “Kelsey is putting on her 2nd annual beach volleyball tournament as an awareness/fundraiser for Hearing Loss Association of America. She has grown up with hearing aids and is working to bring awareness to the community.”
Leticia Juarez – Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Luke T., who nominated Leticia wrote: “Leticia spends many hours a week creating awareness of LLS Orange County & Inland Empire's mission by speaking to local foundations and companies. She has also helped encourage employee volunteerism and uses her public status as a local news reporter for ABC 7 to raise over $100,00. For her act of kindness, Leticia received a $250 donation for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Lilah Volpe-Emerson – Seeking Light Foundation
Daniel A., who nominated Lilah wrote: “Lilah is one of the founders of The Seeking Light Foundation. Their mission is to shine a positive light to mental illness by informing, educating, supporting & advocating for people effected by mental illness in their communities of the Greater South Bay.” Lilah received a $250 donation for the non-profit, The Seeking Light Foundation.
Marilyn Fordney – Fordney Foundation
Erica A. who nominated Marilyn wrote: “Marilyn and the Fordney Foundation give opportunities for kids to learn a new skill - ballroom dancing. It gives them a way to interact with each other without technology. Teaching kids is a fun way to exercise.” Marilyn received a $250 donation for the non-profit, Fordney Foundation
Marilyn Long – South Coast Botanic Gardens
Danielle B., who nominated Marilyn wrote: “Art, especially sculpture, is one of Marilyn’s passions. She has commissioned 2 artists/sculptors to bring sculpture and beauty to the South Coast Botanic Gardens. She has also helped bring six major sculptures by internationally acclaimed artists as a 10-year loan by LACMA to the South Coast Botanic Garden. For her act of kindness, Marilyn received a $250 donation for South Coast Botanic Gardens.
Rashid Bahati – Bahati Foundation
Kenneth V., who nominated Rashid wrote: “Rashid through the Bahati Foundation strives to have a positive influence on community youth in the inner cities through cycling activities with discussions on health, and educational outreach programs focusing on S.T.E.A.M. programs.” Rashid received $250 donation for the non-profit, Bahati Foundation.