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Bob Terry has only been volunteering at HOLA for a year, but his support can be felt throughout the organization. Bob’s first experience with HOLA was as a member of the Wilshire Rotary Club. Each year they collect and distribute dictionaries throughout Los Angeles. Bob was part of the group that came to deliver the dictionaries to HOLA and he was truly amazed by what he witnessed. He couldn’t get over how engaged and enthusiastic the kids at HOLA were about learning. He was given a tour of the arts, music, and mentoring programs and he immediately knew that he wanted to get more involved. Bob had been involved in education for many years since being mentored himself by Frank Macchiarola, the Dean of Cardoza Law School and a former New York City schools Chancellor, with whom he had worked on various projects.

Bob first got involved with the college mentoring program, but felt such a strong connection to the organization that he wanted to do more. He inspired a handful of 8th graders to apply to private Catholic high schools, as he feels strongly about the power of high-quality education. Four of the students were accepted to Loyola and Cathedral High Schools. He immediately contacted both schools, agreeing to take on full financial responsibility for the students, including the purchase of mandatory iPads. In addition to contributing his own money, he solicited donations from a variety of sources, including a Loyola alumni luncheon and the Knights of Columbus, where he serves as the treasurer. Bob’s plan is to build a framework to cover all four years for these first four students, and to add new HOLA students every year. He also remains an involved and enthusiastic member of the college mentoring program.

In addition to HOLA, Bob is involved in over 20 nonprofits, organizations, churches, and schools around Los Angeles, including Homeboy Industries, the Knights of Columbus, and the Good Shepard Center for Homeless Women and Children. He makes personal fundraising appeals twice a year at local churches, often raising over $10,000. Bob attended the Annenberg Foundation’s Alchemy+ program, a two year mastery course in nonprofit management. This training makes him an invaluable asset to any organization he is a part of.

Bob is married with an 11 year old son, with whom he shares interests in fashion and theatre. He also runs the occasional marathon. He is also a professional investor who mainly focuses on medical science.


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