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Testimonials

Changed Lives


 

Chapman University, Rinker Health Science Campus

Mr. and Mrs. Rinker are longtime supporters of Chapman University. Mr. Rinker has been a member of the Chapman University Board of Trustees since 1976, and the couple has supported countless university priorities through the years including presidential scholarships, American Celebration, the Economic Forecast, Argyros Global Citizens Plaza and the Dale E. Fowler School of Law’s Harry and Diane Rinker Law Library, among many others. Their transformational gift to establish the Harry S. and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus in 2014 set the stage for a new era of health science education at Chapman, paving the way for an exciting future.

Mr. Rinker is the sole proprietor of Rinker Company, a real estate investment and development company with development and investment properties primarily in California and Idaho. One of the pioneer developers of Orange County, California, Mr. Rinker is and has been a major part of the phenomenal expansion of this region of California for five decades. His company continues quality investment and development in California and has become a significant figure in development in Idaho.

Mrs. Rinker graduated with honors from the University of Southern California with a degree in finance. She has been active in many charities in Orange County, and currently serves on the Board of USC’s Doheny Eye Institute. She has also supported Trojan League, Angels of the Arts, Luminnaires, Orangewood Home for Abused Children, Big Sisters, Chapman University and the University of Southern California.

Mr. Rinker is a member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. He has been involved with the Big Brothers of America Board of Directors, the Eisenhower Medical Center Board of Governors, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the Orange County Sherriff’s Advisory Council, Orangewood Home for Dependent Children and South Coast Reparatory theatre, among many other charitable and civic activities. Most recently, he has become involved with the Hoag Hospital Foundation and the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute at the University of California, Irvine.           

J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center

We have been coming to the Shea Center for just over two years. Our daughter, Emma Foley, has Rett Syndrome. This neurodevelopmental disease has robbed her of her ability to speak, use her hands or control her body movements with purpose. She communicates to us with eye gaze but is completely dependent on us for all her basic needs.

Emma started riding at the Shea Center at age 2. At that time she could not walk, and that was one of our main goals of her therapy. About one year later Emma took her first steps, and now another year after that her walking is becoming stronger and more stable. We feel that hippotherapy was instrumental in developing her ability to walk. In addition, her time on her horse camouflages the therapy that she needs and makes it fun. Emma has different therapies on four days each week, so making it fun and social is imperative and riding does that. Emma is very social and loves to interact with the volunteers and other children at the Center. She looks forward to her weekly trip to The Shea Center. All of this would not be possible without your support. We thank you from our family to yours. — The Foley Family

Second Harvest

“George, Mary and their four children were referred to us from Social Services because they were homeless. We met them at a McDonald’s and quickly purchased them something to eat then got them into a motel. Next day I went to Second Harvest and was able to stock them with food and also purchased a microwave along with pots and pans. We continued to assist the family with food and shelter for approximately six months. Long story short, we helped the family to get into their own apartment, George has a job now and all the children are in school, happy and healthy. This family is now fully self-sufficient and connected to the resources in their own community.” — CSP Wraparound Program

Goodwill of Orange County

Our son, like most men, gains a strong sense of self-worth from his work. Goodwill’s Supported Employment program has enabled him to develop job skills, boost his self-confidence and move into an apartment! These steps have brought him closer to the goal that we have worked toward for his whole life – independence. — Mark and Gail Humphreys