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Dwight Tate and Kathy Wright on the boards for Parkview Community Hospital Foundation, Riverside Community College District Foundation, and Riverside Arts Council, and is chair of the Wylie Center board. In 2000, through The Community Foundation, he established the Maxine Tate Library Fund in memory of his mother, an avid reader and library patron who died in 1998. The goal was to enhance services and programs for girls and young women, in particular, at the Casa Blanca Branch. “My mother was involved in a lot of things, so I learned that from her,� he says. “I’m interested in making Riverside the best possible place to be for families and kids and those who want to join a fabulous community.� Wright and Tate say they like to encourage younger people to get involved and enjoy working with the next generation of community leaders. “I’ve had good days and bad days with work,� Tate says. “But not with volunteering. It’s all good.� Riverside Community College District Foundation 951-222-8000, http://rcc.edu/suppor ters Riverside Dickens Festival 951-781-3168, http://dickensfest.com

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s children growing up in Riverside, Dwight Tate and Kathy Wright learned about community service from their parents. Now, the couple, both of whom also attended UC Riverside, is working to pass along that civic mindedness to another generation through myriad community and philanthropic endeavors. A teacher and administrator in the Alvord School District for 34 years, Wright retired 3½ years ago. She moved to Riverside as a 10-year-old, when her father was stationed at the old March Air Force Base and has worked most of her adult years to help better the city. “My mom and dad instilled in us that it was important to be involved in the community,â€? she explains. “I learned early on that you do things for your community that will help others and help improve the quality of life. Helping other people in small and large ways is just something I enjoy doing.â€? She is currently president of the Mission Inn Foundation and the Riverside Dickens Festival, past president of the Greater Riverside Dollars for Scholars Programs, a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the UCR Graduate School of Education, and has been involved in some aspect with at least half a dozen other committees and organizations. Tate, a Riverside native, has been a financial advisor with Waddell & Reed for the past 19 years. Still, he’s managed to find time to also be heavily involved within the community. Among his many volunteer duties, he serves

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