Foundation Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Foundation Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Members of the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation staff pose on the steps of the CLA Building.
Every fall the Foundation co-hosts Hot Dog Caper. This year it will be Sept. 26.
Robert Parker, director of the NASA Management Office, former President Bob Suzuki and Paul Storey, the Foundation director, sign an agreement in 2003 to continue their partnership.

The Cal Poly Pomona Foundation turned 40 this year, but there will be no black balloons or jokes about it being over the hill.

During the last four decades the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation, originally called Cal Poly Kellogg Unit Foundation, has grown immensely and its thumbprint at the university can be seen in more positive ways than one.

“We started off in debt to Cal Poly,” says Paul Storey, executive director of the Foundation. “Now we have more than $100 million in assets. That's a lot of growth in 40 years.”

A 40th Anniversary celebration will be held at 4 p.m. Sept. 26, at Kellogg House Pomona following a board meeting.

Also that day the Foundation will co-host the annual Hot Dog Caper at University Park from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Hot Dog Caper is open to the entire university community. Free food and sodas, chips and ice cream will be handed out, and there will be an ASI-hosted concert by Stacy Clark, an acclaimed up-and-coming artist.

The Cal Poly Pomona Foundation is a vital partner to the university providing financial support and numerous services. The public-benefit charitable organization runs the commercial operations for the university such as the bookstore, dining services, lodging, conference service and student housing. It provides affordable goods and services to the campus community and helps generate additional resources for the university.

The Foundation formed the same year the Pomona campus separated from the San Luis Obispo campus to become California State Polytechnic College, Kellogg-Voorhis, and the 16th college in the California State College system.

The first board of directors included former university presidents Julian A. McPhee and Robert Kramer. The current university president still serves as chair of the 20-member board, comprised of university and Foundation leadership, students and members of the surrounding community.

In addition to establishing Kellogg West, University Village and Innovation Village, the Foundation has awarded more than $20 million directly to the university over the years.

“We are here truly for Cal Poly Pomona,” Storey says. “Our mission is to assist the university.”

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