Reginald (Reggie) and René Webb will be saluted at the 2006 Los Angeles County Fair Association’s annual Premiere Party, Sept. 7. The couple will be in the spotlight, and deservedly so. When a dynamic pair achieves success and then returns the favor, people take notice.
Reggie Webb has been a member of the Fair Association since 1990, and a board member since 1997. The Webbs are owner/operators of 12 Southern California McDonald’s restaurants, three in the Pomona area.
In addition to his duties as a member of the LACFA, Webb serves on the board of Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center and PROMED Health Care Administrators. He is chairman of McDonald’s National Leadership Council, which represents all 2,700 McDonald’s franchises in the United States and is a member of 100 Black Men. He formerly served as director of McDonald’s of Hawaii and the Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities Board.
René Webb is a member of Pomona/Claremont chapter of Soroptimist International, on the board of Alpha Kappa Alpha, very active in the couple’s church, Faith Community Church in West Covina, and a strong fundraiser for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Her attention is directed to mentoring teen girls, encouraging continuing education, making right choices and becoming stronger individuals. René is out in the community or in the McDonald’s office four out of five weekdays. Continuing in the Webb tradition, the couple’s daughter, Kiana, became an owner/operator of a McDonald’s franchise in 2005. Their son, Karim, is a real estate broker and youngest son, Kyle, is a junior majoring in business at Morehouse College in Atlanta.
Reggie and René are committed to education and supporting the communitiesin which they conduct business, reside and raise their family. Jil Stark, chairperson of the Fairplex Education Foundation, said the Webbs clearly characterize the criteria in selecting an individual or a company to recognize. Stark said, “The Education Foundation is very pleased to honor a couple that has done so much for the L.A. County Fair, in particular for the children’s programs, which are such an integral part of the spirit of the Fair. Plus, they have been so involved and returned so much to the community.”
The Premiere Party is much more than meets the eye. Each and every person in attendance, by purchasing a ticket, makes a contribution that directly benefits the Fairplex Education Foundation, which in turn supports the FairKids Discovery Club responsible for introducing nearly 100,000 youngsters to the myriad wonders of the Fair. The award-winning program hosts elementary and middle school students, free of charge, throughout the Southern California area on a very special field trip to the Fair that includes a visit to FairView Farms, The Big Red Barn, the milking parlor, Millard Sheets Gallery, and California’s Heritage Square – an adventure aptly called “edu-tainment.”
Teachers receive curriculum packets to maximize what is fondly called a “day of learning cleverly disguised as fun.” A visit to the Fair more than satisfies the subjects and guidelines provided by the California Department of Education. Students are enlightened in the areas of English and language arts, history and social science, visual and performing arts, life, earth and food science and math – a cornucopia of knowledge ready for the taking.
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