Caring for the Community They Love

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Pam Constantino and her husband Alex moved to Placer County in 1986. To many they are still considered newcomers; however, after establishing their businesses and raising their children locally their roots are now planted deep within our community.

While shuffling their kids to and from their many activities they became aware of the community assets and the necessity to care for them. “We’d ask ourselves, ‘What would happen if the community pool needs a major repair?’ or ‘Who was refurbishing the local theatre?’, “Pam recalled. “When our kids graduated from college we found we had some extra time and resources and we could finally support the people who were taking care of this community we’ve grown to love.”

It was fate when Pam and Alex met Veronica at Carpe Vino in Auburn one evening and through their conversation they learned a little about PCF. In the weeks that followed they learned that Veronica and her staff were experts about the needs of the community and how the Constantino family could best contribute. Pam and Alex realized that their support could be leveraged when guided by the Community Foundation’s knowledge and combined with the generosity of the other local donors. “We have been able to contribute to the renovation of the Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center, the community garden program, the arts endowment, the Meadow Vista Community Center, and the Placer Land Trust Trail expansion campaign,” Pam reflected.

“I know that with Placer Community Foundation we made a difference that we could not have made by ourselves,” added Pam. “Because our gift to the Community Needs Fund adds to an endowment, our family’s gift will last longer than our lifetime.”

Pam is an Emeritus Board Member and former Board Chair at PCF and continues to learn about opportunities to improve the health of the Placer County community. We are honored to have Pam and Alex as a devoted part of our community.