The Swinerton Foundation Annual Report - page 8

ORANGE COUNTY
& LOS ANGELES
HEROES IN ACTION
In July of 2016, a raging sand fire broke out in the Santa
Clarita Valley, burning more than 38,000 acres. The
wildfire caused extensive damage to nearby homes and
resulted in mass evacuations across Los Angeles county. The
Wildlife Waystation was one of those that had to evacuate,
though luckily the facility and the animals were not in
harm’s way.
It was the fire that was the topic of conversation between
Jeff Rausten and Mitch Apodaca, Director of Development
for National Geographic. Mitch also serves on the Board
of Wildlife Waystation, an animal sanctuary that is home
to more than 400 permanent animal residents. As he
continued his conversation with Jeff, he mentioned that the
Waystation was in the process of designing some building
projects at the facility. As a professional in the construction
industry, Jeff was immediately intrigued and asked how he
could help.
Jeff, along with colleagues, family, and friends, spent an
entire Saturday digging and hauling cement to create a
new pond for long-time resident alligator snapping turtle,
Hoss. The project ended up being more work than the
group had bargained for, but in true Swinerton fashion they
were able to complete the project successfully. Hoss was
very excited to see his new digs!
The Swinerton
F o u n d a t i o n
P a r t n e r i n g w i t h
22
Universities
Nationwide
C o n t r i b u t i o n s
$535
Hundred
Thousand
S u p p o r t i n g
113
Non-profit
Organizations
2 0 1 6 S TAT S
C o n t r i b u t e d o v e r
$6K
ACE Mentor Program
Los Angeles
D o n a t e d
$5K
California Community
Connection Corporation
D o n a t e d o v e r
$6K
Parents
of Watts
T O P DONAT I ON S
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