Paul Folino is honored as O.C.'s philanthropist of the year.
By JOHN GITTELSOHN
The Orange County Register
As a boy growing up in Seattle, Paul Folino lived in a public housing project. His family was so poor that he sold Hallmark cards door-to-door to buy his first basketball. His mother once emptied her three sons' savings accounts – built on weekly 25-cent deposits – to pay the bills.
When he was 9, Folino rode a yellow school bus to see his first play, Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.' The trip downtown, the crowds of kids, the magic on stage enchanted the boy and opened doors to unimagined possibilities.
'It was a whole different world for me,' Folino recalls. 'It was probably as much people watching as show watching.'
Today, Folino and his wife, Daranne, will receive the Spirit of Philanthropy Lifetime Achievement Award, an annual honor to Orange County's most prominent public donors and fundraisers. Daranne Folino says her husband deserves all the credit."