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SL: How did you become so compassionate? JG: It’s the way my parents raised me. I always have joy in my heart when I can put a smile on the face of a person who is facing adversity. SL: How does the board of directors determine the most appropriate manner to allocate re-sources? JG: My wife and I spearhead most of the activities along with our wonderful and com-mitted board. They have all been with us since the beginning and believe in our mission. This terrible disease has affected us all personally. As a relatively small foundation, our decisions are first based on need and our ability to serve. SL: When do you experience the most heartfelt moments through your foundation? JG: There are several. When we provide caregiver services to patients who are in their final stages of Alzheimer’s and who so much remind me of my mother. When, over the years, we deliver meals or groceries to a patient only to learn that they have passed away. When we visit elderly patients who don’t have family members to care for them and as a result run out of groceries or money. Or when visiting a family who has sacrificed their own needs to provide in-home care or food for a loved one, only to discover their refrigerator is broken or their power is cut off. When a couple of years ago in front of over 200 people at a tournament awards ceremony, I asked for a show of hands from those who have been affected by Alzheimer’s, and every hand in the room went up. SL: The 5th Annual “Putting for a Purpose” Charity Golf Tournament benefitting Guzman23 Foundation is coming up on October 12th, 2015 in Trophy Club and has sold out every year. Aside from supporting a great cause, what else can participants expect? JG: There are many things including lunch, dinner, hand-rolled cigars, drinks during and after the tournament. A host of local celebrities from various sports will also participate. Park Place Lexus is spon-soring a raffle giveaway for a great golf trip for two to play in a championship golf tournament at Pebble Beach including the airfare, hotel and transportation. SL: Does “23” have more significance than just your jersey number? JG: The “23” also repre-sents the 23 pairs of chromosomes containing the genes that make up a person’s blueprint. Certain chromosomal abnormalities can indi-cate if a person is genetically dispositioned to have Alzheimer’s. The fact that “23” was also my number in baseball was merely a coinci-dence—albeit a significant one. ——————————————————– To learn more about the Guzman23 Foundation and “Putting for a Purpose” Charity Golf Tournament please visit: guzman23foundation.com SocietyLifeMag.com | JUNE 2015 55

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