Janet and Walkie Ray have been a tremendous force behind the success of the Orange County Great Park, the MIND Institute, and the Discovery Science Center. Serving on both the Great Park Corporation board and the Great Park Conservancy board, Walkie brings a wealth of expertise in project development to the process, expertise that is critical to this largest civic project ever in Orange County. As Co-Chair of the Jewel of Orange County, Janet exhibited an exceptional ability to bring people together to support this major fundraiser and friend raiser for the Great Park Conservancy. Individually, Janet’s and Walkie’s commitment of time to the Great Park project is significant. Added together, it is unequaled. Walkie joined the board of the MIND Institute in 2002, serving on the Executive Committee and the Board Development Committee. In 2003, Janet co-chaired the first ever MIND Institute Awards Dinner, establishing a vital source of fundraising and friend-raising for the organization, that has raised more than $1-million. In addition, they have hosted numerous events for the organization – from parties on their boat to elegant donor parties in their home – and always with genuine warmth and hospitality. Walkie and Janet have been involved with the Discovery Science Center since 1993. They were instrumental in the strategic planning, fund raising $20M, and construction for the Discovery Science Center which opened in 1998. They have been or are involved with Sage Hill School, Orange County High School of the Arts, UCI Arts Council, Orange County Performing Arts Center, and Ballet Pacifica to name a few. Walkie and Janet are the “dream couple” for any organization they choose to be involved with and embody the true “Spirit of Philanthropy” in everything they do.