- Jan. 12, 2015
-- LOS ANGELES, CA, January 12, 2015 –
Dr. La-Doris McClaney was astonished at the announcement that the City of Los Angeles had declared January 16, 2015 as her day. She was genuinely surprised at her recent Christmas party when the three women who spearheaded the project, Lady Mae Blake (wife of C.O.G.I.C. Presiding Bishop Charles Blake), Legacy Ladies’ president Jacqueline Castillo, and networking coach Janice Smallwood-McKenzie, made the announcement. “I didn’t know why they went to the microphone,”
said Dr. McClaney who had used the same microphone earlier that evening to announce her generous gifts of $1,000,000 to Dr. Edison O. Jackson for Bethune-Cookman University and $1,000,000 to Dr. David M. Carlisle for Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. (Both men serve as university presidents.)
On January 16, 2015, at 9:45 AM, in the John Ferraro Council Chamber, Room 340, Los Angeles City Hall, 200 North Spring Street, the City of Los Angeles will recognize and commemorate Dr. McClaney’s significant contributions to the life of the greater Los Angeles community and her humanitarian efforts in the support of worthy charities.
Real estate magnate and philanthropist Dr. La-Doris McClaney said, “My hobby is giving.” Dr. McClaney gives credit for her success to her strong religious beliefs. Guided by the conviction that God “allowed” her this lifestyle, Dr. McClaney feels an obligation, a sacred duty to give back. She continues to sustain the legacy established by her mother Eula McClaney who made the awe-inspiring rags to riches journey from the cotton fields of Alabama to Holmby Hills, California. Dr. McClaney’s success as an accomplished real estate entrepreneur has enabled her to maintain the McClaney Foundation that, for over twenty-five years, has generously supported the American Lung Association, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, Foundation for Sickle Cell Disease Research, South Central Los Angeles Regional Center for the Developmentally Disabled, United Negro College Fund, Bethune-Cookman University, Trinity Broadcasting Network, Christian Broadcasting Network, and World Vision International.
Janice Smallwood-McKenzie said, “Dr. McClaney always says, ‘To whom much is given, much is required.’ Over and over again, I’ve watched her give beyond what is required. We wanted to do something to show her that we love her and appreciate her. We wanted to surprise her with something that was as phenomenal as she is.”