Robert ‘Bob’ Brosi, D.D.S., has been named recipient of the Crystal Tower Award, given to Madera County businesses that exhibit exemplary support to education.
He will receive this prestigious award at the 13th Annual Business and Education Shareholders’ Crystal Tower Awards Luncheon hosted by the Madera County Compact on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the Madera County Office of Education, 1105 S. Madera Avenue.
Bob Brosi has served on the Yosemite High School (YHS) Scholarship Foundation board for 35 years. The non-profit foundation gives some $100,000 each year in community awards (scholarships) to YHS graduates.
“I had worked with YHS and their student work experience program and was interested in trying to help high school grads further their educations,” Brosi said, having been approached by Sara Wilkins and Barry Bartlett to serve on the board.
Brosi’s wife Denise, a Certified Public Accountant, has been a member of the foundation board since 1987.
“Her tax/accounting expertise has helped with bookkeeping and tax returns,” he pointed out.
It is a shared educational philosophy that the couple has that has kept them involved with the foundation.
“Denise and I are both products of graduate and postgraduate educations,” Brosi said. “We both have always felt that you will reap huge rewards the farther along you go in pursuit of an education.”
He said he and his wife both started working during their college years, and saw firsthand that career options and financial rewards open up tremendously with college degrees.
“Our involvement with the foundation is part of a young professional’s need to help, and not necessarily financially,” Brosi said. “I had the time and expertise to give back when I first moved here and found out that makes as much of a difference, at times, as writing a check.”
Students have contacted the foundation years after their graduations asking about awards they received but did not claim because of life issues.
“In every case, the donor has allowed us to honor those awards because of the importance of higher education,” Brosi said. “A good portion of the awards we give are memorials and endowments that members of our community have left for our YHS grads to use to further their educations.”
Brosi said that the transition from high school to college is a wake-up call to maturity.
“It’s expensive and a little scary if you’re 17 years old,” Brosi said. “The awards we give to chosen students really help validate their decisions and, hopefully, help further their career paths. The foundation allows this very generous community to support their own, in ways I believe will pay back in the future.”
Two of the Brosi’s daughters are YHS graduates: Deena (2009) and Cayla (2013), and Jenna graduated from Evergreen High School in 2011. All are pursuing educational goals and Deena and Jenna are working on postgraduate objectives.
Madera County Agricultural Services will also receive a Crystal Tower Award at the luncheon.
The Crystal Tower Award is sponsored by the Madera Compact, a coalition of business, community and education leaders working collaboratively to support efforts to improve the quality of life in Madera County.
They promote business partnerships with schools to improve the achievement levels and skills of students and prepare young people for the increasing demands of society and the workplace.
Past recipients of the Crystal Tower Award from Eastern Madera County include Oakhurst Physical Therapy (2014), Tenaya Lodge (2011), Sierra Ambulance (2010), Ponderosa Telephone (2008), and Sierra Telephone (2004).