MacIvers are La Palma Citizens of the Year for 36th Americana Awards from Cypress College Foundation

Marc S. Posner
Friday, February 04, 2011
Ron and Elfriede MacIver are the Citizens of the Year from the City of La Plama for the Cypress College Foundation’s 36th Annual Americana Awards. The Americana Awards, sponsored by Union Bank, N.A., will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2011 in the Disneyland Hotel’s Grand Ballroom.

The MacIvers have a long history of volunteerism in La Palma. They are presently best known not only for their unselfish devotion to the city but also its history. Volunteering as historians for La Palma and the chamber for several years, their service extends far beyond that. Elfriede said: “The beginning of our lives together (since July1, 1960), pretty much was dedicated to the preference of others.”

The MacIvers have supported and volunteered in Scouting for years, and the couple was recognized with the “Golden Torch” Award of Merit and through the “order of Golden Bear.” They have been active in the Chamber of Commerce since its establishment. The MacIvers have received recognition with various awards by the Chamber, La Palma Community Services, California Park & Recreation Services, and by being Honorary Grand Marshalls for La Palma Days in 2005.

Ron was in active service with the Marine Corps until 1960. The McIvers’ life-changing endeavor in the next five years was to successfully “fight the freeway!” Their experience was frightful and traumatic on many levels, but it resulted in finding their way from Culver City to La Palma.

Tickets for the Americana Awards are available from the Cypress College Foundation for $225 per person with various sponsorship levels also available. Information is available by calling (714) 484-7126 or at http://www.CypressCollege.edu or http://www.Facebook.com/AmericanaAwards. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with no-host cocktails and a silent auction. Dinner is served at 7 p.m.

At the awards, Frank Garcia will be honored as the Man of the Year. The owner of La Casa Garcia Mexican Restaurants in Anaheim, Garcia is known as an altruistic businessman who serves those who are less fortunate through his “We Give Thanks” organization.

In addition to the Man of the Year, the America Awards salute citizens of the year from the eight cities in the college’ primary service area. Along with the MacIvers, citizens of the Year are: Patricia Pina, Anaheim; Diane Scheerhorn, Ph.D, Buena Park; Frann Shermet, Cypress; Pat Halberstadt, Garden Grove; Alice B. Jempsa, Los Alamitos/Rossmoor; James C. Caviola, Seal Beach; and Sandra Stubban, Stanton.

In July, Union Bank, N.A., strengthened its partnership with Cypress College, agreeing to serve as the title sponsor of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Americana Awards. Union Bank has a long-standing leadership role at the college with representation on the Cypress College Foundation Board of Directors. Union Bank’s three-year commitment to Cypress College totals $75,000.

For more information about the Americana Awards, please call the Cypress College Foundation office at (714) 484-7126 or visit: http://www.cypresscollege.edu/about/Foundation/.

About Cypress College:

Cypress College has motivated the minds of students since 1966. For nearly a half-million people — including actors, athletes, doctors, executives, mechanics, nurses and teachers — Cypress College has been a springboard to their dreams. For some, Cypress College is the ticket into their university of choice and for others it provides essential training for a rewarding career. Just one Cypress College class is often all it takes to provide cutting-edge skills that lead to a promotion or a new job.

Cypress College’s 16,500 students and the highly qualified teaching faculty are proud of the many excellent academic and vocational programs. Cypress College offers 58 university-transfer majors, 145 career-certificate programs, and degrees in 55 areas of study. The college’s traditional semesters begin in January and August, while short-term courses start throughout the year. A Cypress College education costs just $26 per unit — just $78 for a typical, full-credit class — California’s lowest tuition. Financial aid and scholarships also are available to qualifying students.

Cypress College is one of three campuses in the North Orange County Community College District and a member of the 110-campus California Community College System. The college primarily serves the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Garden Grove, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach and Stanton. Michael J. Kasler is the president.

Located at 9200 Valley View Street in Cypress, the college is easily accessible from several Southern California freeways, including the 5, 91, 605, 22 and 405. The campus is just a stone’s-throw from Downtown Disney and Knott’s Berry Farm.

More information about Cypress College is available by calling (714) 484-7000 or by visiting the campus Web site at http://www.CypressCollege.edu.

About UnionBanCal Corporation & Union Bank, N.A.

Headquartered in San Francisco, UnionBanCal Corporation is a financial holding company with assets of $84 billion at June 30, 2010. Its primary subsidiary, Union Bank, N.A., is a full-service commercial bank providing an array of financial services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, and major corporations. The bank operated 396 banking offices in California, Oregon, Washington and Texas as well as two international offices, on June 30, 2010. UnionBanCal Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. Union Bank is a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG, NYSE:MTU), one of the world’s largest financial organizations. Visit www.unionbank.com for more information.