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The Unforgettables Foundation Honors Outstanding Supporters

More than 300 people attended the 3rd Annual Unforgettable Hearts Award luncheon on Valentine’s Day to honor exceptional volunteers, groups and companies that have helped the Foundation provide care and support to local families who unexpectedly lost a child to illness, crime or an accident.
Now in its 15th year, The Unforgettables Foundation provides financial assistance to families with limited resources to help offset the costs of providing a dignified and respectful burial following the death of a child. Friday’s luncheon at the Fox Event Center in downtown Redlands recognized the remarkable regional supporters and selfless volunteers who have helped the Foundation fulfill its mission.
At the luncheon, the Foundation presented its prestigious Unforgettable Summer Austin Award to the Morongo Band of Mission Indians in recognition of the tribe’s exemplary financial commitment and support of the Foundation. The award is named for longtime Foundation supporters John and Judy Austin and their daughter, Summer, who died at the age of 20.
“The Unforgettable Summer Austin Award is for long term significant financial support of the mission to grieving families. Morongo's contributions over the years have been generous and consistent and have accounted for help to around 500 individual family crisis situations of our nearly 5,000 cases over our 15 years. That's epic and deeply appreciated,” said Tim Evans, co-founder of The Unforgettables Foundation.
The Morongo Band of Mission Indians has supported The Unforgettables Foundation and its fundraisers for many years, and has hosted the Foundation’s annual gala and Bachelor Auction. Morongo also has provided over $75,000 to the Foundation since 2011.
“Morongo is deeply honored to be among the recipients of this year’s Summer Austin Award and to be supporting the valuable work of The Unforgettables Foundation as it helps relieve the financial burden facing families who are struggling with the devastating death of a child,” said Morongo Tribal Chairman Robert Martin. “The importance of the Foundation’s caring and compassionate work cannot be overstated.” Others presented Friday with the Unforgettable Summer Austin Award included:
  • Golden Crown Productions of Temecula and its owner, Gregg Hassler, have produced annual fundraising concerts for The Foundation in the Temecula Valley wine country with well-known recording artists like Big Bad VooDoo Daddy and the Gin Blossoms. Mr. Hassler is a longtime donor and volunteer.
  • Bonnie Wann of Riverside-based RAFE Federal Credit Union has been a longtime donor and fundraiser to The Foundation for 15 years whose efforts have helped raise over $80,000 for the organization.
  • OneLegacy, a non-profit in Los Angeles dedicated to saving lives through organ and tissue donations across Southern California, has partnered with The Unforgettables Foundation to provide grants support for the Foundation’s programs.
Six media outlets – Inland Empire Magazine, Redlands Daily Facts, City News Group, The Highland Community News, The Black Voice and Inland Empire Community News – were also presented with the Summer Austin Award for their ongoing, accurate coverage of the Foundation.
The Foundation also presented more than 60 community members, volunteers and businesses with its Unforgettable Hearts Award Friday for their ongoing support to the Foundation. Friday’s luncheon was emceed by Foundation Board Member Stan Morrison, the senior vice president of Security Bank of California, and Brenda Lorenzi, publisher of Inland Empire Magazine. Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar provided the welcome address and Assemblyman and State Senate candidate Mike Morrell served as the keynote speaker.
The Unforgettables Foundation, a 501c (3) non-profit organization, was founded by Evans in 1999. During a decade of clinical ministry to children and their families, Evans assisted families with the many crises surrounding the death of a child - not the least of which are the crushing financial burdens experienced by families with limited resources.
Assisted by Inland Empire educators, medical professionals, social workers, and morticians, Evans created The Unforgettables Foundation. Paramount among aspects of the Foundation’s mission is to assist low-income families provide a dignified, appropriate burial for their children who have died. The Unforgettables Foundation is operated almost entirely by volunteers.
Eastern Riverside/Pass Area
San Jacinto: San Jacinto Education Foundation
Calimesa: The Zanowic Family; Ricka Showalter; Table of Plenty
Beaumont: Side by Side Humanitarian; Jim Walling
Banning: The Kadow Family; Carol's Kitchen; Robin Calder
Hemet: Dr. and Mrs. Kern; Bill Emmerson
Riverside/Corona Area
Corona: Yolanda Carrillo; Lucas Oil; Rotary Club of Corona
Menifee: Sue Kristiansen
Moreno Valley: Brian Logan/SolarRFP Inc.; Corey A. Jackson
Riverside: Ofelia Valdez Yeager; Varner Brandt Law; Chief Sergio Diaz;
Special Award: The Pick Group - Riverside Regional Group
West End San Bernardino
Rancho Cucamonga: Deputy Jonathan Higgins; The Cardenas Family; AMR/Diana McCafferty;
San Bernardino: Santa Claus Inc.; Rick & Heather Lozano; Gresham Savage Law; The Spragues; James & Cecilia Cuevas; Cherie Russell Hope Through Housing Foundation; Kimberly Foglio Walden/Budget Transmission; Dr. Deborah Winn/WWAM
Fontana: Terrie Schneider; Samuel Casey; Michael Tahan
Rialto: Angela Myles/Our Vision of Hope; CSI/Gus Theisen; Paul & Nina Adkins
Grand Terrace: Tim & Louise Lunstrum
Special Award: Inland Empire 66ers
Redlands Area
Yucaipa: Heidi Mayer/Youth Hope; AJ Bariles Pizza/Piser Family
Redlands: Josiah Bruny/Music Changing Lives; Security Bank of CA; Shelli Stockton; Sarah & CJ Sillers; The Weisser Family; Cathy Grinnan/Pediatric Heart Association Center; Foundation
Colton: 4-D College/Linda Smith; Tony Myrell; Arrowhead Regional Medical
Loma Linda: Chief Jeff Bender; Phil Carlisle; Chase Bank
Highland: Mr. and Mrs. James Ramos Sr.; Highland Kiwanis & Kurt Meyer; Lisa Henley