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Cunningham , Escott & Dipene


Los Angeles, California 90025

United States

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EMD Serono , Inc.



Board Member
Thanksgiving Day Committee

, Board of Trustees Member
Centralia School District



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Frank Garcia - Founder

Frank Garcia, founder of We Give Thanks, felt blessed that his family had food and shelter but he knew that many families lacked his good fortune.
Believing Thanksgiving is a special day to give thanks for God's gifts, Garcia decided serve a free Thanksgiving Day dinner to families in need in the parking lot of his family owned restaurant, La Casa Garcia. Each year the number of persons increased and soon surpassed 15,000.
This upcoming Thanksgiving will mark the 30th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner. Although the location has changed from the parking lot of La Casa Garcia to Honda Center, the purpose of the dinner has remained the same: To serve a free Thanksgiving dinner to individuals and families in need.
Biography of Frank Garcia
As a child in Bishop, Texas, Frank Garcia learned many valuable lessons from his father, born in Mexico, and from his mother, born in Texas, who valued hard work, pride in being an American citizen, thankfulness for the daily gifts of life, and the importance of helping others. Moving to southern California in 1961, Garcia founded several restaurants including La Casa Garcia Restaurant in Anaheim in 1973, which soon became a leading Orange County restaurant through the dedicated commitment of Frank, his wife Silvia, and their children, Frank, Jr., Johnny, Cindy, Veronica, and Silvia.
The childhood lessons Garcia learned instilled a sense of community, a need to give to others, and the inspiration to establish We Give Thanks Inc., a nonprofit corporation, which has served free Thanksgiving dinners to Southern Californians in need for nearly two decades-to date, more than 200,000 meals.
In 2001, We Give Thanks established an annual Women of Vision Awards Dinner in memory of his mother to recognize women with exceptional commitments to community service. Proceeds from this event benefit the We Give Thanks Scholarship Program, which assists local students in need. In 2005, Garcia traveled to Corpus Christi, Texas after Hurricane Katrina to serve tens of thousands of hot meals to evacuees. We Give Thanks has also served orphanages in Tijuana, Mexico, distributing food, toys, computers, and school supplies. Frank Garcia is committed to serving persons in need with compassion and instilling the spirit of giving to others.

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Frank Garcia, our founder felt blessed that his family had food to eat and that they were taken care of, however he knew he was lucky and that there are many families not as fortunate as his.
Believing Thanksgiving is a special day to give thanks for everything God has given you, Frank decided to host a free dinner for the less fortunate in the parking lot of his restaurant, La Casa Garcia.
While growing up in Bishop, Texas, Frank learned many meaningful lessons from his father who was born in Mexico and his loving mother, born in Texas. They instilled in him the importance of hard work, being a proud American citizen, and the need to give back to others and be thankful for the daily gifts of life. In 1961, Frank moved to Southern California. He opened the first Red Onions, Tijuana Inn Café, The Catch Restaurant, The White House the Burn Beef Burger an many more as a kitchen manager. Executive chef in Italian, American, and Mexican food. In 1961 he founded La Casa Garcia Restaurant in Anaheim. La Casa Garcia soon became a leading Orange County restaurant through the dedication of Frank, his wife Silvia, and now their children, sons Frank, Jr., Johnny, and daughters Cindy, Veronica, and Silvia.
Those early childhood lessons provided Frank with a sense of community giving and caring for others inspiring him to form the nonprofit organization We Give Thanks, Inc. For nearly two decades, Frank has been serving free Thanksgiving dinners to those in need in the community. His efforts have helped serve more than 200,000 free Thanksgiving meals over the years.
Last year Frank also traveled to Corpus Christi, Texas, to help Hurricane Katrina victims by serving tens of thousands of hot meals to the evacuees.
In 2001, in memory of his mother, Frank began the annual "We Give Thanks, Inc Women of Vision Awards Dinner" to recognize women who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to community service in their professional careers and through volunteerism.
Frank Garcia

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