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Highlighting Philanthropy: Waters Moving & Storage

Paulette and Ken Waters (center) receive awards at the 5th annual Philanthropy Awards breakfast held at Blackhawk Museum Thursday, Nov. 12. The Waters, known for their long history of philanthropic donations, were presented their awards and certificates by Andrew Sabey, Chair of the East Bay Leadership Council (far left) and Kristin Connelly, President and CEO of the East Bay Leadership Council (far right). (MARK ORCUTT / Courtesy)
Paulette and Ken Waters (center) receive an award at the 5th annual Philanthropy Awards breakfast held at Blackhawk Museum Thursday, Nov. 12. The Waters, known for their long history of philanthropic donations, were presented their awards and certificates by Andrew Sabey, Chair of the East Bay Leadership Council (far left) and Kristin Connelly, President and CEO of the East Bay Leadership Council (far right). (MARK ORCUTT / Courtesy)

By MARK ORCUTT

Waters Moving and Storage in Martinez, owned by Ken and Paulette Waters, has a long history of philanthropy and community service. During their 40-year history, they have donated everything from moving services to the use of their location to assist all types of nonprofits in their endeavors.

They have shared their storage and distribution space with the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano in their sapling years, donated tote boxes to Tesoro’s food drive, sponsored countless youth sports teams, provided museum quality storage space to local historical societies, and moving services to Diablo Regional Arts Association. Waters Moving and Storage even takes on the delicate task of moving the sets for the performance of “A Christmas Carol” every holiday season from the theater’s storage facility to the Lesher Center for the Arts and back again.

As parents of five sons, three of whom have served in the armed forces, the Waters again donated boxes for the United States Marine Corp to use for their annual food drive. They also organized and developed the September 11th dedication monument and flag at the Amtrak station in Martinez and replaced numerous flags in the Contra Costa region.

Waters Moving and Storage have also invited nonprofits to use their warehouse space for activities. When the California Symphony was in dire need of a place large enough for the entire orchestra to rehearse, the Waters offered their location which proved to have surprisingly exceptional acoustics.

Waters Moving and Storage under the leadership of Ken and Paulette Waters enriches the lives of East Bay residents with their creative approach to philanthropy and decades of supporting organizations in need of a helping hand.

This article originally appeared on the website of the East Bay Leadership Council, and is reprinted here with permission.

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