David Schumacher's Philanthropy
Dr. Schumacher's success in real estate was way beyond his wildest dreams. In 1999, David and his wife Margaret were able to donate $1 million to the city of Hermosa Beach, California for the renovation of the Schumacher Pier Plaza in memory of his identical twin brother, Paul William Schumacher, who passed away February 16, 1971.
March 19, 2007: $1 million to Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo, California for the construction of the Schumacher Healing Garden, in loving memory of David, who passed away there peacefully on July 26, 2006. The Healing Garden is part of the hospital's new Patient Care Tower and Chapel, opened in November 2009. At completion this facility was the most technologically advanced imaging center in the USA. David would have been proud to be part of the impact that this facility provides to his community.
November 2008: Donation for remodel of the Covington's multi-purpose upper room and Chapel Services.
September 8, 2007: The Schumacher Concert Series was established at the Covington Episcopal Retirement Community, in Aliso Viejo, California, where David spent the final two years of his life. David hoped his love of music continues to enhance the lives of all the residents.
October 2009: A matching gift donation towards the construction of the Secret Garden at The Covington, comprised of a waterfall, a koi pond and a stream surrounded by trees, plants and flowers in the a beautiful, tranquil setting. The waterfall is named "Sir John's Falls" in loving memory of David's father-in-law, John Dilkes, who resided almost five years at The Covington luxury retirement community along with David and Margaret.
In 2009 funds were donated to construct a 7,500-square-foot-orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya. A project conceived by one of David's relatives, Jim Baldwin, founder of Smiler Seekers, Inc. of Riverside, California. The orphanage is named Smile Seeker House, a home for 50 children. David's participation with Smile Seekers dates back to its inception in 1999 when children from dysfunctional families gather together every Sunday, dressed as clowns, and visited seniors in many Riverside retirement homes.
July 2012: Dedication and Naming Ceremony for new Margaret's Pavilion and barbecue area (donated by Margaret Schumacher) at the Covington Retirement Community, Aliso Viejo, California.
Summer 2013: Added concrete area for resident and visitor enjoyment, comprising extra comfortable seating area, umbrellas, fountain, plants, flowers and shrubs. Reran electrical wiring of Pavilion for keyboard & microphones for outdoor concerts and other events.
Philanthropy became an important part of Dr. Schumacher's life. After his real estate success he was able to give back to the community. He firmly believed that what goes around comes around. Margaret is continuing this concept.