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The Duncan Family

Winner of CHA's Special Recognition award.

Staff Report (November 15, 2010)

The Duncan Family, owner of iLoveToCreate, a Duncan Enterprises Company, is being recognized for the family's dedication to supporting their team members, their community, and our industry. Larry Duncan, President and CEO of Duncan Enterprises, will accept the honor on behalf of his father, Robert E. Duncan, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Duncan Enterprises, and the rest of the Duncan family.

The list is long of community service that the Duncan family has supported throughout its 64 year history, including local support of Fresno State academics and athletics, the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, Children's Hospital of Central California, Fresno Metropolitan Museum, American Red Cross, Fresno Art Museum, Fresno Rotary, Big Brothers Big Sisters, United Way, and many other organizations.

Duncan Polytechnical High School was named in honor of the company's founder, Erma Duncan, Bob's mother and Larry's grandmother, for her entrepreneurial spirit; she embodied the school's philosophy that students don't necessarily need a college education to attain success, but rather self-motivation to turn a personal passion into a career or business success.

The Duncan family is most passionate about one organization in particular, the Boys & Girls Club of Fresno County, with Larry serving on the Board of Directors for 20+ years and Bob serving as an Honorary Life Director.

But it's not about the titles and recognition for the family; it's truly about making a difference in people's lives. If you ask Larry about his service to the Boys & Girls Club, he won't talk about the Board or the donations or the events. He'll tell you to check out the pictures on his Facebook page of at-risk children enjoying a day on his ranch with the animals, and he will encourage you to volunteer at the club for Boys (or Girls) Night Out. 

The most impressive aspect of the Duncan family's community support is that they seek no recognition and, in fact, they turn recognition away. They give because they are and because it matters to those who receive their support.

(Note: The awards will be given at the Winter Show Event and Awards Ceremony Mon., Jan. 31, 6:30 pm-10:00 pm. The event is free, but requires a ticket. To register, visit www.chashow.org.)

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