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The Crowd: Giving back in the season of giving

November 21, 2012|By B.W. Cook
  • Coach John Robinson and Coach Terry Donahue front the 2012 KidWorks Foundation For Success luncheon.
Coach John Robinson and Coach Terry Donahue front the… (Daily Pilot )

I suppose it is downright anti-American to voice protest concerning Black Friday. OK, I get it; I am working for a publication that exists based on ad revenue. Further, I fully understand that the American retail economy is uber-dependent on fourth quarter holiday sales.

That being said, I mourn the loss of civility in holiday shopping. I don't understand how people can afford to take a week off and camp out to save a few dollars on more electronic gadgets. I hope dear reader, that you are home on this Black Friday, reading the Daily Pilot, sitting in your favorite chair perhaps having a bit of breakfast and planning to do your holiday shopping without losing your sanity.

Oh, and by the way, I sincerely hope that you had a warm, spiritual Thanksgiving "love fest" with family and friends. And that goes for any reader who had to be at the cash register before they could finish the last bite of pumpkin pie or any person working in the culinary industry that had to serve folks like me who went out for Thanksgiving dinner.

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Football stars come out for KidWorks

It's been a busy week on the Orange Coast.

A very special Nov. 15 luncheon attracted business, political and social community leaders raising an astonishing $550,000 to support a program known as KidWorks in central Santa Ana. A mid week event at the Doubletree Hotel, Santa Ana filled the ballroom with some 500 guests who came together to enjoy a program created around the Southern California football rivalry between USC and UCLA. KidWorks event organizers invited legendary Hall of Fame Coach John Robinson from USC and fellow Hall of Fame Coach Terry Donahue from UCLA to front a sports panel that also included former USC standouts Paul McDonald and Brandon Hancock and UCLA Bruins Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook. The entire event was dedicated to the memory of Terry Donahue's brother, Dan Donahue, a leading Southern California real estate developer. The Donahue family including another brother Pat Donahue, who served as emcee for the event, his wife, Paula, and their mother, Betty Donahue, and Terry Donahue's wife, Andrea, were all front and center lending their support to KidWorks. One of the organization's facilities is named for Dan Donahue as the family raised $1 million to build the educational learning center.

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