Last June, our department lost our beloved and recently retired Director, Corinne Centeno, following a brave and lengthy battle with cancer. She passionately lead the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department for 10 years. During that time, there were many discussions about how great it would be if we had a Non-Profit Organization to help support recreation, our parks, the arts, culture and community service in our amazing City.
Last Fall, with the help of many amazing community members, the Redwood City Parks & Arts Foundation was born. We kicked off their fundraising efforts in conjunction with our 75th Anniversary / “FUN” Raiser Celebration at the Fox Theatre last October. Thankfully, Corinne lived long enough to see the wheels in motion and was assured that this dream would soon become a reality.
Recently, the new Redwood City Parks and Arts Foundation was honored with an $80,000 gift from Corinne Centeno‘s estate! Corinne believed deeply in our City and her generosity will help to fund something amazing for our community – we just know it! The Board is finalizing their fundraising plan, actively recruiting others to join the Board, will be completing their web page design, and finalizing their giving plan. You will be seeing a lot more from the Parks and Arts Foundation this coming year!!
A huge THANK YOU to Corinne and to the thoughtful citizens who worked with us to bring this Foundation to life!