Impressed by the quality of care provided to the community by Mercy Hospital, Alex Spanos pledged considerable support toward the construction of the Alex G. Spanos Heart & Vascular Center. Other hospitals, medical infant care, and burn units have also received assistance throughout the years
HONORARY DOCTOR OF LAWS
Having attended the University of the Pacific in his college years, Alex Spanos maintained a close connection with the school and made numerous donations to the school for its sports programs. In 1984, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree.
In 2009, a new elementary school, located in the downtown section of the City of Stockton and where Alex Spanos grew up, was named after him in recognition of his support for education. Because of his love for education, he established four scholarships for graduating seniors, a Fulbright scholarship, and financial awards to teachers for excellence in teaching.
A HELPING HAND
In 1986, the region of Kalamata, Greece - the ancestral homeland of the Spanos family - suffered a devastating earthquake. In the wake of this disaster, the family made a major donation to assist the region and later Spanos visited the region. Donations were made also to Katrina victims, to the 2005 Tsunami victims, and to victims of fire and other natural disasters.
In 2000, the Olympic Track and Field Trials were held in Sacramento, California at the renovated field of Sacramento State University. The renovation was made possible because of the financial assistance provided by the Spanos Family. The family has remained a strong supporter of the University through various other gifts.
THE FAYE SPANOS CONCERT HALL
University of the Pacific has been the recipient of numerous gifts by Alex Spanos and one of the more prominent has been the renovation of the concert hall, which was dedicated to his wife, Faye Spanos.
SCORING FOR CAL POLY
Fresh out of high school, Alex Spanos attended the California Polytechnic State University where he benefited from the encouragement he received. In 2004, he made possible the renovation of the football facilities on campus.
During his college years at Cal Poly, Alex Spanos was a drum major. In appreciation of his mentor and music teacher, he established a scholarship for music students to perpetuate the memory of Harold and Rosalie Davidson and gave to the renovation of the Cal Poly Performing Arts Center.
SUPPORTING LINCOLN HIGH
Lincoln High School, where all of his children and most of his grandchildren attended, has received consistent support from the Spanos Family throughout the years. Quality education and opportunities for young students have always been the center of the Spanos generosity.
HELPING FLOOD VICTIMS
In 1997, when floods destroyed both crops and homes in the San Joaquin Valley, Alex Spanos made a major donation to the American Red Cross to relieve the plight of farmers and residents and made sure that cash vouchers were distributed to those in need.
America has always honored its veterans and Alex Spanos being a WWII veteran lent his resources to the effort. In 2004, the Spanos Family underwrote two Freedom Flights of 140 US veterans and their spouses to visit the Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Pictured, is the first trip of veterans before the Memorial.
THE SPANOS PRO-AM
From 2002-2007, the Spanos Family underwrote six A.G. Spanos Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournaments to benefit local charities. The non-profit community of agencies worked together to raise much needed funds to support local programs.
RECREATION TO EDUCATION
Under the logo of “Recreation to Education,” Alex Spanos renovated the athletic facilities of an inner city school and challenged students to hone their learning skills through sports.
CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME
Alex and Faye Spanos believe that charity begins at home but that it should not stop there. They have contributed to charities around the world and have instilled their values to their children and grandchildren. Education, literacy, the arts, health, and sports activities for youth are causes that are dear to their heart.
REACHING OUT TO K-12
The importance of education, especially for K-12, has always been a passion for Alex Spanos. Through countless contributions to literacy programs and scholarships, the Spanos Family promoted the goals of parents and teachers alike.
Alex Spanos often said, “Giving just does my heart good.” He has given generously to local charities, education, sports, and hospitals. He has also passed on to his children the tradition of giving to others with an open heart.
SPANOS & HOPE
The friendship between Alex Spanos and the legendary Bob Hope created the song and dance team of Spanos & Hope which they took around the world performing for charitable causes. From 1973-85, Alex Spanos hosted seven biennial events to benefit selected charities in his home state, California.
GIVING WITH AN OPEN HEART
In addition to his contributions, Alex Spanos would donate his time by taking part in telethons, doing a dance act with his friend Bob Hope, and personally putting together fundraising galas for charities.
“I grew up with a feeling of responsibility, not only for my immediate family but also for my community, my city, my world.”