|Honoree’s Team Name: California Love Drop
Award Category: Public Health & Safety
Why are These Volunteer Extraordinary:
What began as a small act of kindness—a single delivery of 300 meals from Wahoo’s Fish Taco to Hoag Hospital in Irvine, CA — turned into an astounding sea of collaboration of over 40 partnering businesses and hundreds of supporters and volunteers, resulting in over 30,000 meals, treats, beverages and PPE to frontline heroes and those in need during the Coronavirus pandemic! Wing Lam, Co-Founder of Wahoo’s Fish Taco, along with Wendy Ellis, started the California Love Drop, partnering with inspiring and committed business leaders and individuals to help lighten the heavy load frontline workers and those in need carry on a daily basis. From providing nourishing food to nurses working overtime, to backpacks and hand sanitizers to families and children, the California Love Drop reflects the power of one to many in making a difference. Since April 2020, the California Love Drop has made over 400 deliveries and 30,000 meals to Southern California frontline heroes, including CHOC Children’s Hospital, UCI Medical Center, Hoag Hospital and numerous police stations and firehouses. “It is a privilege to serve others, particularly at a time when we all felt the stress and strain of the hardships brought about by the pandemic. Many of our business partners had been seriously impacted by lockdowns but continued to give. We are so fortunate to have such a dedicated group focused on something so much bigger than ourselves,” says Wing Lam, Co-Founder of Wahoo’s Fish Taco and California love Drop. “Thanks to Wing and the CA Love Drop, we’re awakened, full of aliveness in the moment, seeing new opportunities! We’re near that magic intersection where fulfillment meets impact! Someday I’ll reflect back upon today as one of the most fulfilling and beautiful times in my life. You should come join us sometime on a California Love Drop!” says Charles Antis, Founder & CEO, Antis Roofing & Waterproofing. The founding California Love “Droppers” include Wahoo’s, Yogurtland, Antis Roofing & Waterproofing, 95.5 KLOS’s Heidi and Frank, Blue C Advertising, Cholula Hot Sauce, Monster Energy, Hint Water and Coyle. They have gained tremendous support from organizations including but not limited to Enterprise Data Solutions (EDS), UHSM, PCMA, Subaru of America, Carlson & Jayakumar, LLP, Shimano Inc., Kirksey and Company, North Men’s Wear, Constellation Brands, Boston Beer Co., Left Coast Brewing Company, B Candy, Yeti, Loan Depot, Vans, Drake’s Organic Spirits, Fortis Resource Partners and The Purist Group among others.