A new public education advocacy group is set to honor four community leaders this month for their extraordinary contributions in education's four As: academics, agriculture, arts and athletics.
Fresno County schools have an immense financial need and the Foundation @ FCOE is a small group of Fresno County community leaders working to serve as a link for private-public partnerships to creatively meet those needs. The group announced that its inaugural FCOE Honors Gala will take place Sept. 29 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Clovis North High School in the Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall. Tickets are $125 per person. For more information, contact Michele Cantwell-Copher at (559) 265-4036 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The honorees are:
-- David Mas Masumoto, third-generation Del Rey farmer and award-winning author. In June, the White House named him to the National Council on the Arts, where he joined other top artists in advising the National Endowment for the Arts.
-- Earl Smittcamp, a prominent agribusiness leader who founded Wawona Frozen Foods in Clovis with his wife, Muriel, nearly 70 years ago. In 1997, the couple donated $1 million to Fresno State to establish the Smittcamp Family Honors College.