Hall of Achievement Dinner

Industry honors grocery executives at Foundation’s annual awards event

Two grocery industry executives with deep leadership roots in both the California Grocers Association and the CGA Educational Foundation were inducted into the Foundation’s prestigious Hall of Achievement on March 28, 2019 in San Ramon, Calif.

Hundreds of industry peers, friends and family attended the gala event to honor Joe Falvey, President, Professional Services, UNFI/SUPERVALU, and Jim Van Gorkom, Senior Vice President, NuCal Foods, Inc.

The Hall of Achievement recognizes grocery leaders for their tremendous contributions to not only the industry, but their local communities as well. Proceeds from the event help fund the Foundation’s college scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs.

“We are honored to induct two very worthy Hall of Achievement recipients,” said CGA/CGAEF President Ron Fong. “Their contributions to our industry and their communities is well-documented.”

Both award recipients have long histories of involvement with the Educational Foundation, the Association and other allied organizations.

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The CGA Educational Foundation Hall of Achievement is a prestigious award program developed to honor those who have contributed substantially to the benefit and advancement of the California food industry.

The Hall of Achievement provides the food industry with the opportunity to recognize the achievements of those individuals who, through their foresight and dedication, have enhanced California’s food-distribution industry. They are people who have made a difference.

Nominees must meet the following requirements:

  1. Enhance the quality of California’s food industry.
  2. Demonstrate a commitment to charitable activities and public service programs that enhance the quality of life.
  3. Participate in major fund-raising campaigns and community charitable events.
  4. Involve themselves in humanitarian and cultural causes and enhance community education, and
  5. Volunteer for charitable and civic programs.

Award recipients are recognized at the annual Hall of Achievement Awards dinner held each year. The dinner serves as the Foundation’s primary fundraiser that supports the Tuition Reimbursement, College Scholarship and Industry Education Programs.

The CGA Educational Foundation is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit tax-exempt organization which supports and provides educational opportunities for the food-distribution industry. A portion of each ticket purchase is deductable as a charitable contribution.  All Tribute Journal advertisements and event sponsorships are tax deductible contributions.