Tulare couple pledges $1 million to Valley Children’s Hospital

Manuel Mancebo Jr. and “George,” Valley Children’s mascot.
Manuel Mancebo Jr. and “George,” Valley Children’s mascot. Special to The Bee

Valley Children’s Hospital announced Monday the renaming of its emergency department waiting room in recognition of a $1 million pledged donation by Manuel and Kathyrn Mancebo of Tulare.

The Mancebos, owners of the former Kings County Truck Lines based in Tulare, have been known for their philanthropy.

Kathyrn “Katye” Mancebo died in November. “Valley Children’s was my wife’s favorite charity,” Manuel Mancebo Jr. said in a written statement. “Including them in our estate plans was her idea and we both agreed that nothing is more important than helping children around the Valley.”

The $1 million committed by the Mancebos will go to The Children’s Fund, which supports areas with the greatest need, along with programs such as child life and spiritual support, said Valley Children’s spokeswoman Zara Arboleda. Child life specialists help children understand and cope with being in the hospital. Spiritual support provides spiritual and emotional support for parents and families.

In announcing the gift, Valley Children’s President and CEO Todd Suntrapak said: “We are so grateful to Manuel and Katye Mancebo for their remarkable history of support. It is our privilege to honor the Mancebos and their generous planned gift during Mr. Mancebo’s lifetime.”

Over the years, the Mancebos have donated more than $360,000 to Valley Children’s.

In February 2014, the couple donated $2 million to the Tulare Wellness Foundation, the largest donation in Tulare Regional Medical Center’s history.

The Mancebos transformed Kings County Truck Lines, a milk transportation company, into a transportation leader. Manuel Mancebo Jr. is the owner of K&M Paint and Truck Repair.

Barbara Anderson: 559-441-6310, @beehealthwriter