Ronald McDonald House great room renamed for philanthropist Joseph Clayes

Mary Drake, Jeff Patrick, Trulette Clayes and Hudson Drake at the re-naming dedication of the Joseph Clayes III great room at San Diego's Ronald McDonald House. Courtesy
Mary Drake, Jeff Patrick, Trulette Clayes and Hudson Drake at the re-naming dedication of the Joseph Clayes III great room at San Diego's Ronald McDonald House. Courtesy

La Jollan philanthropist Trulette Clayes, a co-trustee of the Joseph Clayes III Charitable Trust, recently made history at the Ronald McDonald House by coordinating a $3.5 million gift to the charity, the largest in the San Diego chapter's history. In recognition of the generosity, the great room at San Diego's Ronald McDonald House was renamed after Joseph Clayes III.

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Mary Drake, Jeff Patrick, Trulette Clayes and Hudson Drake at the re-naming dedication of the Joseph Clayes III great room at San Diego's Ronald McDonald House. Courtesy

Clayes was born and raised in Anaheim, and became a successful financial and real estate investor and avocado rancher. He loved theater and studied piano, which drew the co-trustees to the House's great room when considering naming options, as its grand piano is the center of frequent musical performances for guests.

“My heart goes out to the families that rely on the Ronald McDonald House and I know this contribution will have a positive impact on guests,” said Trulette Clayes at the dedication.

   
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