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November 28, 2017 > Longtime Hayward family honored for philanthropy

Longtime Hayward family honored for philanthropy

Submitted By Captain John Kelley

Acknowledging their long-standing philanthropic partnership with the Zaballos family, The Salvation Army Hayward Corps recently established a ÒSpirit of GivingÓ award in memory of Gilbert Zaballos who was a generous benefactor.

Originally from Spain, Resti Zaballos, his older brother Henry and their father arrived in Hayward, via Hawaii, in 1914. The brothers founded Zaballos Brothers Construction company in 1932. By the 1960s, Henry had retired and Resti and his four sons created the family business, R. Zaballos & Sons, Inc.

RestiÕs son, Resti Zaballos, Jr. remembers his father fondly. He treasures an old photograph of The Salvation Army honoring his father for his support in Hayward. The ethics of hard work and community service he instilled in his sons, including Gilbert, are his legacy to them; in turn, his sons are his legacy to the world.

During the Salvation ArmyÕs annual Red Kettle Campaign kickoff dinner on November 6, representatives of R. Zaballos & Sons, Inc. were there to accept the award and a plaque commemorating the Gilbert Zaballos Spirit of Giving Award.

ÒWe are blessed by the Zaballos familyÕs support of The Salvation ArmyÕs mission of doing the most good,Ó said Captain John Kelley, Hayward Corps Officer. ÒIt is fitting to create this award in GilÕs memory and appropriate that R. Zaballos & Sons, Inc. be the first recipient. WeÕre indebted to our volunteers and philanthropic partners who work tirelessly to create a destination for men, women and families where they can receive dedicated and cost-effective resources to begin their journeys towards self-sufficiency. These efforts change lives for the better.Ó

The Salvation Army Hayward Corps Community Center is a full-social services location that serves Hayward, Castro Valley and San Lorenzo and extends support to Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton. Although the annual Red Kettle Campaign is its major fundraiser, kettle contributions account for a fraction of the organizationÕs annual budget. For the remainder, they rely on private donations, bequests and in-kind support of our local communities.

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