Tangram CEO Joe Lozowski and Wife Sonya Receive General William Lyon Crystal Vision Philanthropy Award from Orangewood Foundation for Support of Foster and Community Youth Programs
Tangram Interiors President and CEO Joe Lozowski and his wife Sonya were honored with the General William Lyon Crystal Vision Philanthropy Award presented by the Orangewood Foundation serving Orange County, California, during the organization’s 23rd annual Ambassador Luncheon held virtually on Thurs., Oct. 29, 2020.
The couple’s interest in the Foundation had its roots in 2003, when they learned of three young siblings in Michigan who had recently been placed in foster care after experiencing years of neglect and instability. For two years, Sonya flew every month to visit the children, then the couple adopted them in 2005. In addition, Sonya gave up her medical practice to focus full-time on their care.
Joe and Sonya became involved with Orangewood Foundation in 2008 to support the organization’s programs for foster and community youth, including the Samueli Academy. Joe serves on the Foundation’s board and co-chaired the capital campaign for phase 1 and 2 for Samueli Academy that raised over $26 million.
Moreover, Sonya and Joe have provided college scholarships to 11 Samueli Academy graduates and taken a personal interest in the students’ success. Also, Tangram Interiors has donated furniture to Orangewood and the school, and the company’s delivery trucks feature the Orangewood Foundation logo.
“We feel a huge amount of gratitude for what we have in life. And we don’t take those blessings for granted. We tell our own kids that the only good thing about getting old is wisdom,” Joe noted in his acceptance remarks. “We are very thankful for the things we’ve been fortunate enough to achieve. But we feel best about what we’ve been able to give back.”
The General William Lyon Crystal Vision Philanthropy Award is presented to a worthy individual or couple who have given of their time and resources and who reflect the unending commitment to Orange County youth that has been demonstrated by Founding Board Chairman General Lyon.
The Ambassador Luncheon celebrates Orangewood Ambassadors from the business, government, education and philanthropic sectors whose annual gifts support the Foundation’s efforts. Through their generosity and presence in the community, Orangewood Ambassadors also help spread the word about the Foundation’s important work.
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About Orangewood Foundation
Orangewood Foundation was founded in 1981 and today is one of the leading providers of services to foster and community youth in Orange County. Foundation programs focus on four critical areas: health & wellness, housing, life skills & employment, and education. Recognizing that 46% of foster youth do not graduate from high school, in August 2013, the Foundation opened Samueli Academy, a free public charter school for community, underserved and foster teens and located in Santa Ana. Today, Samueli Academy is a Gold Ribbon School and ranked by US News & World Report among the top 4% of high schools in the country. Annually, Orangewood Foundation serves 2,200 foster and community youth. Beyond its programs, for thousands of youth in our community Orangewood means “family”, “opportunity” and “hope.” Learn more at www.OrangewoodFoundation.org and www.SamueliAcademy.org.