IRVINE, Calif. (June 20, 2018) Irvine Company has been honored as the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce’s Philanthropist of the Year for its strong commitment to improving the quality of life for residents.
Presented each year by the chamber and the City of Irvine, the award recognizes Irvine business leaders who have demonstrated the principles of community service, charitable contributions and the best traditions of good corporate citizenship.
“There is no other company in America that compares to Irvine Company’s unparalleled commitment to investing in and successfully enhancing the quality of life of a community,” said Bryan Starr, the chamber’s president and CEO. “They have set the standard.”
The company’s long history of involvement and philanthropy includes:
Financial gifts of more than $220 million to city schools and universities, including $45 million committed over a 20-year period to help protect and support the Irvine Unified School District’s art, music and science programs, benefiting 80,000 Irvine students.
Preserving permanently more than 57,000 acres of the historic 93,000-acre Irvine Ranch; more than $50 million has been donated by the company for the land’s long-term stewardship, and to expand public access.
Most recently, the company in April funded a special Earth Day outing for the Boys and Girls Club of Irvine, and each year thousands more Irvine youths visit the Outdoor Education Center, located on 210 acres of land north of Irvine donated by Irvine Company.
“This award is especially gratifying for all of us at Irvine Company because it validates our dedication and heartfelt support of local non-profits, including Irvine schools and universities, and our commitment to open space preservation,” said Robin Leftwich, vice president, Irvine Company.
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