Robin Leftwich, vice president of community affairs for Irvine Company, accepts the award from Irvine Mayor Donald Wagner and Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bryan Starr.

Irvine Company ‘Philanthropist of the Year’

by TRACY CHILDS

The Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce recently honored Irvine Company as “Philanthropist of the Year” for improving the quality of life for city residents.

“Businesses fuel our city’s strong economy, but caring people in those businesses help give Irvine its heart,” said Bryan Starr, the chamber’s president and CEO.

“There is no other company in America that compares to Irvine Company’s commitment to investing in and enhancing the quality of life of a community. They have set the standard.”

The award recognizes Irvine business leaders who have demonstrated the principles of community service, charitable contributions and the best traditions of good corporate citizenship.

The chamber cited the company’s gifts of more than $220 million to local schools and universities. In addition, Irvine Company has preserved 60 percent of the 93,000- acre Irvine Ranch and has donated over $50 million for its long-term stewardship and public access.

The chamber presented awards to several other firms and one individual in the following categories:

    • Entrepreneur of the Year — App maker Vincit California, which relocated from Silicon Valley to Irvine Spectrum. The firm’s clients include Yamaha Watercraft, Kellogg’s and Friar Tux Stitch & Tie.

 

    • Business of the Year — Antis Roofing & Waterproofing, which for 25 years has partnered with homeowner associations, multifamily communities and corporate housing communities.

 

    • Nonprofit of the Year — Irvine Public Schools Foundation, which since 1996 has worked to enrich the educational experience of Irvine’s schoolchildren.

 

  • Young Professional of the Year — Ray Ferrari of Orange County Soccer Club donates his time serving Crimson Circle, Thomas House Family Shelter, the Boys & Girls Club and the Chamber’s Emerging Business Leaders Advisory Council.