LOS ANGELES — Ray Rangwala, owner of CRDN of Los Angeles and Esteem Cleaners, has received the Vocational Service Leadership Award, presented by Rotary International at the District 5260 annual convention.
Rotary International and the Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club recognized Rangwala for his volunteer efforts to provide donated clothing to thousands of individuals annually across Southern California, CRDN says. He has chaired the Southern California Cleaners Association’s (SCCA) annual Coats for Kids project for 11 years.
Rangwala has coordinated the efforts of 27 schools, five local fire stations and a small army of volunteer Rotarians to collect thousands of donated coats and other items of clothing. Then, along with many of his local industry colleagues, Rangwala also donates dry cleaning and laundry services to clean and restore the items to like-new condition.
“As the inaugural recipient of this award, I am both humbled and honored to accept this acknowledgement and to share it with all of the project volunteers,” he says. “The combined efforts of my fellow CRDN of Southern California partners, Bobby Patel, Dave Suber and Shah Hiten, the participating members of the Southern California Cleaners Association, and all of the dedicated Rotary volunteers have granted thousands the ability to fulfill one of life’s most basic needs: clothing for their backs.”