Shinoda Receives $15,000 Gift

September 9, 2005 - 10:07

The Trustees of the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation announced that it received a gift of $15,000 from the California Floral Council (CFC). These funds were presented to Paul Ecke III, president of the Shinoda Foundation, by Hardy Neuendorff, president of the CFC to establish a CFC Scholarship in perpetuity. The CFC gift is the single largest donation to the Shinoda Foundation since its incorporation in 1972, according to the foundation.

“It’s only through education that the interests and potential of young people can be developed to meet the expanding demands of the floral industry,” said Neuendorff. “With the cost of education escalating yearly, the need for scholarships is critical. It’s our honor to make this contribution.”

Ecke said CFC’s gift is a greatly appreciated donation to the Shinoda Foundation’s mission. “The Foundation encourages individuals, companies and other groups to consider establishing a named scholarship like CFC,” Ecke explained. “A gift such as theirs pays homage to a person’s or a company’s past dedication while furthering floriculture’s future.”

CFC was formed in 1959 to provide legal support and advice to California growers with labor-related problems. The CFC Board of Directors has always been carefully selected to represent both Northern and Southern California growers. For many years, CFC has provided Workers’ Compensation coverage, newsletters, seminars and other useful information to their grower members, as well as represented grower interests on legislative issues in Sacramento.

Information about making contributions to the foundation or about its scholarship program can be obtained from its Web site at : http://www.shinodascholarship.orgor by writing to: Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc., 234 Via La Paz, San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401, (805) 544-0717,

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