Foundation for Success Luncheon
2018 Honoree & Speaker Info
Dan Donahue Leadership Award Honoree:
KidWorks is pleased to honor Steven L. Craig with its 2018 KidWorks Dan Donahue Leadership Award at this year's Foundation for Success Luncheon.
“We are honored to present this very special award to Steve in recognition of his longtime support of KidWorks’ youth and families,” said David Benavides. KidWorks’ Executive Director. “His service to KidWorks as a Board member, chairman of the Advisory Council, and past chairman of the annual luncheon is exemplary. His vision and leadership have elevated the annual luncheon to a whole new level, which has been so important as it raises the majority of KidWorks’ annual after school program budget.”
Alumni of both USC and Santa Ana College, Craig is the President and CEO of Craig Realty Group, a factory outlet shopping center development firm founded in 1995 in Newport Beach. Craig Realty Group owns and operates 14 outlet centers in nine states, including the Citadel Outlets in Los Angeles, Outlets at Barstow and Outlets at San Clemente, which is the first and only ocean-facing outdoor shopping and dining destination in Orange County.
Craig has a strong visionary entrepreneurial focus that includes mentoring youth interested in the world of business. For instance, he developed a program at the Missouri Western State University’s Craig School of Business, named after Craig in honor of his contributions to the university, in which students can compete for an opportunity to own a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory franchise funded through Craig. The program has resulted in the successful operations of more than 15 RMCF franchises.
“Dollar for dollar, it’s clear that KidWorks makes the biggest impact on the lives of Santa Ana youth,” said Craig. “Our future is tied to their future – these young people will grow up to be our fellow neighbors, friends and leaders. With KidWorks the results speak for themselves.”
Foundation for Success Keynote Speaker:
Keynote speaker Cory Hahn was recruited by 60 colleges and was known as California's Mr. Baseball, leading Mater Dei High School to a section championship. He pitched five perfect innings in the title game, hit a home run and made a spectacular running catch to preserve the perfect game.
Cory was recruited by Arizona State University to play baseball for the Sun Devils. During the opening game of his freshman year, he was paralyzed from the chest down while sliding into second base. Despite his injury, he remained active in the baseball program and went on to graduate from ASU with a degree in economics.
In recognition of his unwavering spirit despite his grave injury that ended his dream of playing Major League Baseball, the Arizona Diamondbacks drafted Hahn in the 34th round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft and two years later the team named their annual 34th-round draft selection the "Cory Hahn 34th Pick." The D-backs also hired Hahn in the organization's scouting department where he serves as Coordinator of Professional Scouting.
"Don't let someone tell you that you can't do something," Hahn says, "if you truly believe you can. Look, we all are going to deal with adversity, whether big or small, but it's not the adversity that defines who you are. It's how you handle it. I've been given the worst odds, but I'm achieving things people said I couldn't.
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