Story of a Gift

In 2009, Altadena resident Ninarose Mayer made a donation of $56,630 to the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy from the trust of her late brother, Dale Champion. The gift came shortly before AFC acquired 20 acres of undeveloped land in Rubio Canyon, the first of three Rubio Canyon acquisitions.

In this audio slide show Ninarose shares her appreciation for the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and describes why it means so much to her to save local open space.

"Dale's gift was made because it's up to us to grab the opportunity to preserve open space when it comes," Ninarose says. "And it will come. We have to have open space to roam in, and to clear our thoughts at the end of the day."