Ojai suffers loss of major philanthropist
By Jesse Phelps
Ojai lost one its most important benefactors
Thursday, when Jimmi Clapp died at age 90.
Clapp, named Ventura County's Philanthropist of the Year in 2001,
leaves behind a long list of friends and organizations touched
by her generosity during her 33 years in Ojai. A partial list
would include the Ojai Valley Youth Foundation, Ojai Valley Museum,
Rotary Clubs, Four Winds School, St. Joseph's Health and Retirement
Center, Humane Society of Ventura County and the American Heart
"She quietly went about supporting so many local groups
that there are few who haven't been touched by her," said
Tim Dewar, Humane Society's director of public relations. "She
has earned a cherished place in the hearts of those who knew
and loved her."
Supporting youth, particularly through the Youth Foundation and
the Nordhoff High School Music Department, was a priority for
Clapp. "She genuinely cared about kids and she often spoke
about her upbringing and how much attention she got from her
parents ... I think she really felt anguish about children growing
up without the kind of love she received," said Caryn Bosson,
executive director of the Youth Foundation. "She was exceptionally
generous and it was always my hope that people would look at
what she had done and be inspired."
Rae Hanstad, Ojai City Councilperson, said that Clapp "was
one of Ojai's most noteworthy philanthropists and a cheerful
model of altruism. The entire valley will miss her active participation
in improving Ojai's quality of life."
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