KidWorks Foundation for Success Luncheon 2019
Honoree and Speaker Info

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Dan Donahue Leadership Award Honoree:
KidWorks is pleased to honor Heidi and Ruben Mendoza with the 2019 KidWorks Dan Donahue Leadership Award at this year's Foundation for Success Luncheon.

This very special award recognizes KidWorks’ most fervent supporters.  The Mendoza’s have been presenting sponsors of KidWorks Foundation for Success Luncheon since the event’s inception in 2006 and were one of the champions of the Building Dreams Campaign. Ruben Mendoza is the founder, President and Chief Executive Officer at Foundation Building Materials (FBM) and has 25 years of industry experience in commercial materials distribution.  

Both Heidi and Ruben are passionate about working with under-served youth in Orange County and consider KidWorks one of their favorite organizations. 

Foundation for Success Keynote Speaker:
Ann Meyers Drysdale is one of the greatest stars in the history of basketball.  Meyers was the first high school player to make the United States national team and the first woman to receive a full athletic scholarship to UCLA. Her high-octane approach translated into wins and awards and she finished her stellar career at UCLA owning 12 of 13 school records.

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A supremely talented all-around player with natural basketball ability and instincts, Meyers was the first player, male or female, named to the All-America team in four straight seasons. She also played on the first women's Olympic team in 1976. After an All-America career, she became the first woman player drafted into the Women's Basketball League and made history by becoming the first female player to try out and sign a contract with an NBA team, the Indiana Pacers. Meyers pushed the envelope in women's basketball, bringing a feel and sense for the game that few players ever experience.

After her athletic career Ann Meyers Drysdale went on to do color commentary on all the national stations. She also married Don Drysdale, legendary pitcher and announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers, making them the first ever married couple enshrined in their respective sport's Hall of Fame. Today Ann continues to break through barriers. She is the only female vice president in the NBA (she is vice president of the Phoenix Suns), and is also the general manager of the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury, which has won two WNBA championships since she took over four years ago. The New York Times featured her prominently in a piece in August 2011 called "Pioneers Continue to Shepherd Women's Basketball." Time magazine recently named her one of the ten greatest female athletes of all time.

Contact Lisa Gels at 714-834-9400 x. 126 or lisa.gels@kidworksoc.org for more information.
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