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Dr. Carreón Foundation Celebrates 25 Years

Dr. Reynaldo Carreón established his foundation (Dr. Carreón Foundation, or “DCF”) just before his passing in 1991. Its purpose is to provide assistance to Mexican-American youth who aspire to better themselves through education. In the past 25 years, DCF has helped over 400 students with more than $ 1 million in scholarships. Additionally, DCF has donated some $300,000 to other education- related projects, including $100,000 to College of the Desert for its Fountain of Knowledge.

Dr. Carreón was born in Texas in 1900 of Mexican parents. He was told he would never succeed because he needed an education, and coming from a poor family he could not afford to do that. Through hard work, determination, and help from others, he became a very successful ophthalmologist, practicing in LA. He was elected to the LA Police Commissioner’s board, where he served 16 years. He heard of a need in East Coachella valley, where thousands of poor Mexican workers had no health care, so on weekends he came to Indio to assist, pro bono. He bought land and eventually moved to Indio. He co-founded Indio Community hospital in 1966 on land he donated. That institution eventually became JFK Memorial Hospital.

In the 1950’s Dr Carreón met and became friends with President Eisenhower. They played golf, and in the late 1950’s, he served as appointed Roving Ambassador in Central and South America.

Today, a new Executive Director is at the helm of DCF, Ricardo Loretta. Ricardo was raised in Mexico and served as CEO of Clark Equipment Company’s International Division. Locally, Ricardo is an active Rotarian and will be his Rotary District’s Governor in 2018/19. He also serves on the Executive Committee of Cal State University- Palm Desert Campus and is a member of the board of the Regional Access Project Foundation (RAP). Ricardo states: “Our objectives are to continue the excellent work DCF does, expand its image, and grow the foundation so that it can help more people in more ways.”