Tom Kaney

Redlands resident Tom Kaney named Community Champion

Redlands resident Tom Kaney was named Community Champion of the Year by the Inland Empire chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals for using his woodworking talents to raise funds for local nonprofits.

Kaney was recognized with other honorees at AFP’s annual Philanthropy Day lunch at the Mission Inn in Riverside on Nov. 12. Other honorees included Rochford Foundation founders and Burrage Mansion owners Tim and Carol Rochford.

Kaney was nominated by Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Redlands Riverside. He has raised $32,000 for the Club and $102,000 for local nonprofits with his wood pieces.

Since 2014, he has spent more than 1,000 hours making cutting boards, bread boards, cheese boards, name placards, bowls, and board games. It takes him nearly four hours to make each piece.

Besides woodworking, Kaney has spent time with kids at Boys & Girls Clubs. This year, he served as a judge for the Club’s Youth of the Year program, which recognizes kids for their commitment to school, service, and healthy living. Kaney came to like this year’s three Youth of the Year Ambassadors so much during judging that he matched the scholarship money they received with a personal donation.

“Tom’s generosity and creativity have had a huge impact on our kids, and we were happy to nominate him for the AFP award,” Club CEO P.T. McEwen said. —Joy

Posted: Nov. 28, 2019

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