Emerald Textiles Is Pleased to Announce the Gildred Family Was Honored with the Millennium Award for Its Legacy of Support to Balboa Park

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78 Years of devoted service began in 1927 with a family philosophy of leadership and philanthropy.

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The Gildred Family, Millennium Award Winners

My grandfather instilled in all of us a spirit of making a difference and giving back to the community, and I am very proud of his influence and the impact it has had on San Diego.

Emerald Textiles is pleased to announce that CEO Tom Gildred received the Millennium Award, on behalf of the entire Gildred family, from the Friends of Balboa Park at their 13th annual luncheon. The family was recognized for its 78 year legacy of support to the park and its many cultural institutions. Founded in 1999 by a group of longtime park volunteers, Friends of Balboa Park is dedicated to Balboa Park as a whole, initiating park-wide projects that transcend individual institutions and address human-scale needs.

“It is a tremendous privilege to receive this award on behalf of the entire Gildred family,” said Tom Gildred. “My grandfather instilled in all of us a spirit of making a difference and giving back to the community, and I am very proud of his influence and the impact it has had on San Diego.”

Emerald Textiles is Southern California’s new choice for commercial healthcare linen and linen services. Established in 2010, the company serves more than 80% of the hospital beds in San Diego and has recently expanded into Los Angeles and Orange County. Focused on cleanliness, quality and environmental responsibility Emerald saves the area more than 40,000,000 gallons of water and over 750,000 therms of natural gas annually. Emerald received both the SDG&E Savings by Design Award and the Energy Showcase award in recognition for its advanced design and extreme energy efficiency. Savings by Design and Energy Showcase are awards from San Diego Gas & Electric and the California Public Utilities Commission.

About the Friends of Balboa Park

Friends of Balboa Park is committed to protecting, preserving and enhancing Balboa Park's legacy for future generations through park-wide projects. Friends of Balboa Park was born out of the same commitment to civic-minded philanthropy that motivated San Diego's leaders in the early part of the last century. Founded in 1999 by a group of longtime park volunteers, Friends of Balboa Park is dedicated to Balboa Park as a whole, initiating park-wide projects that transcend individual institutions and address human-scale needs.

For more information, visit FriendsOfBalboaPark.org or call (619) 232-2282.

About Emerald Textiles

Emerald Textiles provides the most environmentally responsible, high quality, linen rental and management solution for the Southern California healthcare industry. Emerald’s two facilities are located in the greater Los Angeles and San Diego areas. Customers include Scripps Health, Sharp HealthCare, UC San Diego Health System, Eisenhower Medical Center, Kaiser San Diego, Kaiser Orange County, St. John’s Health Center - Santa Monica and Hoag Hospitals Orange County. Emerald Textiles utilizes the most advanced technology and provides a higher standard of cleanliness, industry compliance and customer satisfaction.

For more information about Emerald Textiles and its services, please visit emeraldsd.com.

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