January 9, 2006
Mr. Don Schoendorfer
Free Wheel Chair Mission 3100 Airway Avenue, Suite 115 Costa Mesa, California 92627
Dear Mr. Schoendorfer:
It is my sincere pleasure to inform you that you have been selected as the recipient of the Costa Mesa Mayor's Award for the month of February 2006. The Mayor's Award Program was created to recognize individuals in our City who have served the greater community through acts of personal contribution and volunteer efforts.
I was greatly moved by the story of your inspiration to invent and distribute a simple and inexpensive wheelchair to the needy. To use your God given talents of education and expertise for such a lofty purpose is truly noteworthy. Since 2001 your non-profit organization has distributed over 70,000 wheelchairs worldwide granting dignity and mobility to those who could not otherwise afford it.
I am proud to be the Mayor of a community in which a hero such as you resides. I applaud your humanitarian efforts and your amazing goal of donating 20 million wheelchairs by 2010. Please accept this Mayor's Award for your dedicated and unceasing efforts! As you have already confirmed with my staff, we will publicly honor you at the City Council meeting of Tuesday, February 7, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. at Costa Mesa City Hall in Council Chambers. City Hall is located at 77 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, California, 92626.
Allan R. Mansoor