Trulette Clayes and her household assist serve Thanksgiving dinner annually at San Diego’s Ronald McDonald Home. She warmly greets youngsters and their relations on the door, whereas her husband, Jeffrey Partrick, asks whether or not they desire darkish meat or gentle meat.
Company won’t know that these gracious volunteers’ dedication to the Ronald McDonald Home Charities of San Diego runs deeper than any vacation meal. Clayes is co-trustee of the Joseph Clayes III Charitable Belief, a La Jolla–based mostly charity devoted to furthering the philanthropy of her uncle, its namesake.
The charitable belief’s inaugural reward to the Ronald McDonald Home in 2013 was a $3.5 million endowment fund. In 2019, the Joseph Clayes III Charitable Belief established Extra Than a Meal, a $500,000 matching-gift program to modernize the home’s kitchens and eating areas. These eating services usually serve greater than 120,000 meals yearly to households in disaster.
Charles Day, president and chief govt officer of the Ronald McDonald Home Charities of San Diego, says Clayes has labored compassionately to create a lifelong legacy for her Uncle Joe. Her Thanksgiving Day volunteer work is only one instance of how her household provides again. “It’s a nice instance of Trulette’s coronary heart, compassion, and true dedication to serving to others,” Day says.
Likewise, Clayes shares that it’s been fulfilling to fulfill those that make the Ronald McDonald Home a “dwelling away from dwelling” for households with critically unwell or injured youngsters. “It has been pretty,” says Clayes, who’s additionally a CPA and controller for the Museum of Modern Artwork San Diego. “We actually really feel like a part of the Ronald McDonald Home household.”
Trulette Clayes and her uncle’s longtime enterprise companion, Brendan Holmes, are tasked with figuring out worthy 501(3)(c) organizations in Southern California that align with the late philanthropist’s charitable pursuits, which included performing arts, museums, cultural venues, and youth going through bodily and psychological challenges.
Past the Ronald McDonald Home, the charitable belief has made sizable donations to Cal State Fullerton’s performing arts heart, the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library in La Jolla, and the Palm Springs Artwork Museum.
The charity’s largest reward up to now was a $10 million endowment to create the Joseph Clayes III Analysis Middle for Neuro-Oncology and Genomics throughout the Rady Youngsters’s Institute for Genomic Medication. Introduced in 2016, the endowment is funding academic applications and analysis into childhood mind cancers and superior gene mapping.
Clayes says every of the presents given by the Joseph Clayes III Charitable Belief has been gratifying, as a result of she is aware of her uncle can be proud. “These presents are altering individuals’s lives, and the lives of those establishments. Each individual has a distinct potential for giving. If it’s not financial, then your time can be worthwhile to native not-for-profits. Discover a charity that’s vital to you and contribute in any manner you possibly can.”