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Bill Friedman Honored With the 2015 Nonprofit Leadership Awards

Dream Center Campaign Co-Chair, Social Advocates for Youth

Chairman of the Board, Friedman’s Home Improvement

4055 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, 95407 (707) 584-7811

Professional/community background: In family business for 60 years. Community interests: Secret Santa, Volunteer Center of Sonoma County, Schools Plus, SAY, COTS, Redwood Empire Food Bank, Elsie Allen High School, Sutter Hospital, Ukiah Valley Medical Center, Boys & Girls Clubs, Senior Centers.

Describe your role in the organization: Co-Chair, Dream Center Capital Campaign

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Born and raised in Santa Rosa; life-long Sonoma County resident. Credit to parents who instilled the importance of supporting and giving back to the communities in which we work and live. Proud that Friedman’s remains one of the rare, independent, family-owned businesses that competes & thrives against national retail competition.

What do you see as your role in the organization?: Working in collaboration with others to achieve the realization of the Dream Center.

What advice would you have for other individuals and organizations involved in a capital or fund-development campaign?: Before you start, you need to have the feeling and passion in your heart that this is the right “thing” to do for your community; and you have to feel confident that those you are working with and for have that same vision, passion, and commitment.

What was a highlight of your capital campaign?: Discovering that there were wonderful donors who shared our passion; had respect for this organization (SAY); and recognized the need in our community.

What has been your biggest challenge?: Getting out the word to all of Sonoma County of what SAY does for the kids who are living on our streets every night, and their need for our help.

Please summarize what motivated you to take on this role?: To provide a safe haven for kids, who have not had one of life’s basic needs, through no fault of theirs, which will allow them to become productive and participating adults in our community.

Most admired businessperson outside your organization: The late Henry Trione

Stress relievers: Spending time with my wife

Favorite hobbies: Collecting & restoring classic Ford cars.

Words that best describe you: Loyal, caring, helpful, committed

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