Hall of Achievement Dinner


Karl Schroeder & Denny Belcastro honored at Foundation’s annual awards event

Two grocery industry executives with deep roots in both the California Grocers Association and the CGA Educational Foundation were inducted into the Foundation’s prestigious Hall of Achievement on Thursday, March 14, 2024 aboard the USS Hornet, a decommissioned aircraft carrier, in Alameda, Calif.

More than 300 industry peers, colleagues, friends, and family joined the gala event to honor Karl Schroeder, Northern California Division President, Safeway, and Denny Belcastro, Vice President of Industry Affairs & Customer Development, Kimberly-Clark Corporation.

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 fund the Foundation’s college scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs. In 2024, the Foundation is expected to award $825,000 to the grocery community through these educational programs.

“We are honored to induct these two very worthy candidates into the Hall of Achievement,” said CGAEF President Ron Fong. “Their contributions to our industry and their communities are well-documented. Their recognition was long over-due.”

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

Hall of Achievement Award

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 grocery industry.

The Hall of Achievement provides the grocery 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.

Recipients are recognized at the annual Hall of Achievement Dinner. The Dinner serves as the Foundation’s primary fundraiser that supports the College Scholarship, Tuition Reimbursement, and Industry Education Programs.

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