Honoree: Fred de Avila
Honored by: Western Youth Services
Cause Area: Youth Services
The most important, and most difficult position in all sports, is that of the Football Quarterback. Western Youth Services is fortunate to have a volunteer “quarterback” in Fred de Avila. Fred began volunteering with WYS in 2011, joining the governing board of directors and providing expertise and guidance during a period of time when WYS experienced significant growth. Coming from an Orange County football family, Fred was a natural to head WYS participation with the Brea Lions Club Orange County North South All-Star Charity Football Game. The quarterback calls the plays, executes the game plan, motivates the players, and leads the team down the field to succeed. Fred truly was our quarterback for the North South Game. His enthusiasm for the game coupled with his passion for the children served by Western Youth Services took the game to the next level resulting in increased exposure for WYS and funding for vital programs. Fred’s enthusiasm was infectious as he engaged staff, volunteers, community groups, and sponsors in providing a one-of-a-kind experience, which he referred to as the Superbowl of High School Football All Star Games. He created Fan Fest, providing additional entertainment for the spectators and an opportunity for several community groups to come together on a wonderful summer
evening. Fred also enhanced the game entertainment with cheerleaders, exhibition games, and bands. Being a businessman, Fred has created a playbook for the game ensuring WYS crosses the goal line for many years to come. When it comes to the “spirit of volunteerism” WYS is proud to nominate Fred de Avila. S-P-I-R-I-T, spirit! Hey, let us hear it! Gonna high gear it! ‘Cause Fred’s got spirit!