The Samuelson Charitable Foundation, Inc. established in 1996, directs funds to Christian agencies, churches, substance abuse service centers and educational and theological institutions. Jack and Sally Samuelson have supported La Cañada Presbyterian Church, Fuller Seminary, their alma mater Occidental College, and Southern California Presbyterian Homes.
The Samuelson have been active community leaders. Jack has received such awards as Kiwanis "La Cañadan of the Year," Lifetime Honoree of the California Parent-Teacher Association and the Les Tupper Award. Bob also was a recipient of the Les Tupper Award, president of the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce and a major supporter of the Camp Fire Girls.
Instrumental in bringing the YMCA to La Cañada, the Samuelsons have been major financial contributors to both the La Cañada and Verdugo Hills branches. Bob served as honorary chair of the YMCA Capital Fund Drive and both Jack and Bob have served as president of the Board of Directors. Jack and Sally have four children: Reid Samuelson, Lisa Paugh, Laura Murphy, and David Samuelson. Bob and Doris raised four children: Gail McGinnis, Brooke Bustrum, Scot Samuelson, and Jill Abejon.
Bent Hansen wins national award
, owner of Los Gringos Locos on Foothill Boulevard in La Cañada, has been named Independent Restaurant Marketer of the Year for 2008 by Restaurant Marketing Systems, an international organization.
Hansen beat out 11 other finalists in the competition to take home a 2008 $40,000 Nissan 350Z and nearly $10,000 in other prizes.