Foundation Chairperson & CEO
Mickie Sharp-Villanueva - The Performance Group, So CA
Paul Christianson - Christianson West, LLC
Willie Crocker - Bimbo Bakeries USA
Shelly Trickel - Ventura Foods
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Mary Crocker - Dean Foods - Scholarship Vice Chair
Dave Dimond - Milton’s Craft Bakers
Jim French - Co-Sales, No CA
Dave Grosse - the Performance Group, So CA - Scholarship Chairperson
Kent Kunsman - ASR Group
Gerry Marnien - Precision Refurbishing
Jim Van Gorkom - NuCal Foods
BOARD OF ADVISORS
Vic Chiono - The Coca-Cola Company/MMBU
Bob Kelly - Hidden Villa Ranch
The IEF is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the grocery industry through the California Grocers Association and Western Association of Food Chains. llluminators Educational Foundation is proud to offer this scholarship program to the most qualified and deserving high school senior and college student (with one or more years of undergradu-ate work remaining) in the name of the founding officers of Illuminators Educational Foundation. This scholarship program is endorsed by the following individuals and organizations:
Ms. Carole Christianson, WAFC COO
Mr. Ronald Fong, CGA President
Illuminators Education Foundation provides college scholarships to further the education of members and their families of Illuminators, Western Association of Food Chains and the California Grocers Association.
September 20, 1928
Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, CA
Nathan Danziger, of the San Francisco Call, presented a plan of need, for an organization to assist at gatherings of the grocers to handle all “Entertainment” programs.
Participants in attendance:
Mr. Pidwell & Beresford of the Fluffo Company
Mr. Griffin, Western Sugar Company
Mr. Malmberg, Fleischmann Yeast Company
Mr. Nusser, American Biscuit Company
Mr. Love, MJB Coffee Company
Mr. Hadeler, CA Retail Grocers and Merchants Assoc
The idea was presented and met with instant success. The
name “Illuminators” was adopted because it was synonymous
with “Spreading the light of good fellowship”.
Mr. Pidwell and Danziger were elected as a committee to
write the Constitution and By-Laws and present them to
the CA Grocers and Merchants Association at the
Mission Inn, Riverside, CA on September 24 through the 26th,
At 12:15 pm on September 24th, a general meeting of
manufacturers, representatives and salesmen was called
at the Mission Inn and were addressed with the entire idea.
The Constitution and By-Laws were presented . . .
The motion was accepted and passed!
The 1st Illuminator Officers and Board of Directors
• Headlite - Walter J. Malmberg – Fleischmann Yeast
• Rite Sidelite - Dumont M. Hirsch – Pacific Coast Biscuit
• Left Sidelite - O.L. Griffin – Western Sugar Company
• Spotlite - W.J. Lacey – M.J.B. Coffee
• Tailite - Nathan Danziger – San Francisco Call
• A.R. Bradford –San Juaquin Baking Co.
• Warner M. O’Brien – Morris & Co.
• George W. Morrow – Bordon Sales Co.
• Robert Law – Puritas Coffee & Tea Co.
• Robert Nusser – American Biscuit Co.
Dumont Hirsch was then named chairman of the nominating
committee. Appointed to assist him were Malmberg, Boyle,
Lacey and Danziger.
September 25, 1928 – Nominations and Acceptance
of the 1st Illuminators Board as presented.
The newly elected Officers & Board accepted their positions and continued with the first meeting of the Illuminators.
Approximately 40 Members signed the roll/roster
The meeting adjourned, to meet again at the next state function
The Illuminators later partnered with the WAFC in 1946
87 years supporting and partnering with the CGA
69 years supporting and partnering with the WAFC
1980 – 1985
Many Opposed to offering scholarships due to the original
purpose of supplying the “Entertainment” only.
Heated discussions continued throughout the years to
approve the scholarship program . . . one Officer who was
highly opposed, missed a Board meeting in 1985.
The motion was represented at that meeting and accepted
by all. Thusly, the first Illuminator scholarship was approved
and graciously donated in the amount of $500 by Dimmed
Headlite, Ray Keefer (1968 Headlite).
Members later agreed to donate $25 annually to start
the building the fund. The first $25 was offered by Hal Adams, Headlite 1992!
Scholarships Awarded . . .
1985 through 1988 – ONE scholarship was awarded
Annually at $500 each year
1989 through 1994 – two scholarships were awarded
1995 – three scholarships were awarded, etc, etc . . .
Total scholarships awarded through 2014 = $1,100,000
175 scholarships awarded to individual students
Total dollars awarded in 2015 = $98,000
45 Individual Scholarships to Students this year!
2016 Scholarships Awarded
Total dollars awarded in 2016 = $111,000
2017 Scholarships to be Awarded . . . .
Total dollars to be awarded in 2017 = $137,500