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This profile was last updated on 2/2/15  and contains information from public web pages.

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Local Address: New York City, New York, United States
CESD
 
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    Thanksgiving Day Committee
  • Founder
    La Casa Garcia
  • Founder
    We
  • Founder
    Thanks
  • , Board of Trustees Member
    Centralia School
48 Total References
Web References
Board of Directors | We Give Thanks, Inc.
www.wegivethanksinc.org, 28 April 2015 [cached]
Biography of Frank Garcia Board of Directors Thanksgiving Day Committee
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Frank Garcia - Founder
Frank Garcia's ...
wegivethanksfoundation.org, 10 Mar 2009 [cached]
Frank Garcia's Book Partnership
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Frank Garcia
Biography of Frank Garcia Board ...
www.wegivethanksinc.org, 26 Feb 2011 [cached]
Biography of Frank Garcia Board of Directors Thanksgiving Day Committee
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'We Give Thanks' Founder Frank Garcia to be Honored as Americana Man of the Year at 36th Annual Awards on 2/26/11
Anaheim restaurant owner and philanthropist Frank Garcia is being honored as the Man of the Year at the Cypress College Foundation's 36th Annual Americana Awards. The Americana Awards, sponsored by Union Bank, N.A., will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2011 in the Disneyland Hotel's Grand Ballroom.
The owner of La Casa Garcia Mexican Restaurants in Anaheim, Garcia is known as an altruistic businessman who serves those who are less fortunate through his "We Give Thanks" organization. Well known in the community for his generosity and gifts to the less fortunate, Garcia established We Give Thanks in 1985 with a mission "to promote the health and well being the of needy community members of the Orange County and Los Angeles communities and, thereby make a substantial contribution to their quality of life."
Garcia has hosted annual Thanksgiving dinners - first at his restaurant, and for the past 5 years at Honda Center - for those in need. An estimated 20,000 people attended the 2010 We Give Thanks, which has served a quarter-million people during its 24-year history. For the last six years, he celebrates the Christmas season with the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots to see that needy children receive a toy. Garcia has also extended himself by adopting 28 children from an orphanage in Tijuana, providing clothes, school supplies, and food, when needed. As a response to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Garcia and his crew wanted to assist those who were victims. They were directed by authorities to Corpus Christi, TX. He raised $8,000, and recruited 12 chefs to join him. They spent two weeks feeding breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 700 people living in a shelter. In the midst of all of his activities, Garcia says, "The main thing in life is to have a family. Garcia and his wife, Silvia, have five children and nine grandchildren.
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In addition to the Man of the Year presentation to Garcia, the America Awards salute citizens of the year from the eight cities in the college' primary service area.
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Frank Garcia, founder of the event, said he wanted to provide a hot meal to those who couldn't have it.
"A lot of people don't know what Thanksgiving is all about," Garcia said. "Thanksgiving is to give thanks to God that you got this plate in front of you. There's a lot of people who don't have it."
Garcia urged everyone to join them at the Honda Center.
"I don't care who you are, please be here with us," Garcia said.
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"It is a great feeling to help so many families have a hot meal to eat on Thanksgiving," said Frank Garcia, founder of the Anaheim-based nonprofit.
Last year, more than 17,000 individuals attended the event, and a whopping 700 turkeys were served.
"Having the event at Honda Center has allowed us to have a positive effect on even more people in our community, and for that we are thankful," said Garcia.
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Frank Garcia, founder of the event, said he wanted to provide a hot meal to those who couldn't have it.
"A lot of people don't know what Thanksgiving is all about," Garcia said. "Thanksgiving is to give thanks to God that you got this plate in front of you. There's a lot of people who don't have it."
Garcia urged everyone to join them at the Honda Center.
"I don't care who you are, please be here with us," Garcia said.
City Council Endorsements | Join-Harry
www.joinharry.com, 8 Mar 2012 [cached]
Frank Garcia, Founder, "We Give Thanks, Inc. & Restaurateur
Biography of Frank Garcia | We Give Thanks, Inc.
www.wegivethanksinc.org, 29 Feb 2012 [cached]
Biography of Frank Garcia Board of Directors Thanksgiving Day Committee
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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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