Ominous piles of paper, folders, phone books and memorabilia drown Bill Bennett’s desk inside his Suncrest Trading office. With no computer in sight, it’s a wonder he manages to keep up with the demands of his company. But Bennett is a seasoned multitasker; he’s successfully juggled the fruit trade business, automobile and boating hobbies, and extensive community service for 40 years.
“I just keep on doing it,” Bennett said. “I guess I can’t say no. But I enjoy it.”
Living in Glendale since the early ’60s, Bennett — a Bay Area native — is a longtime West Glendale Gateway Kiwanis Club member, a founding member of Glendale Police Crime Stoppers, and, in addition to being a financial supporter of local organizations, has been on the board of the Verdugo Hills Council Boy Scouts of America for more than 30 years.
More than a decade old, Crime Stoppers has served as an avenue through which citizens can confidentially call in tips relating to pending investigations and receive monetary rewards if an arrest takes place as a result. Bennett supported the creation of the nonprofit organization, knowing many crimes go unpunished.