Pay It Forward - Pay It Forward Luncheon


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Pay it Forward luncheon series brings together Fresno State students and community professionals. Each luncheon is led by a different leader, from or with strong ties to the Central Valley and Fresno State. This event acts as a forum for dialogue, explores in-depth issues, and allows for impactful networking.


Upcoming Dates: 

February 11, 2020
Benjamin Chu-Raya,
Owner, Brown Bear’s Hot Dogs
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Satellite Student Union

Great “food for thought,” coupled with a delicious Brown Bear’s Hot Dog, makes for a fantastic kick-off to our 2020 Spring Pay it Forward Luncheon Forums.
Hot Dog fans will not want to miss the February 11th Pay it Forward Luncheon Forum featuring Brown Bear’s Hot Dogs from the famous family-owned Fresno eatery! Not only will you get a sample of what makes Brown Bear’s Hot Dogs one of the best in the Central Valley, but you will have the opportunity to listen to owner Benjamin Chu-Maya share his inspirational personal and professional journey.
Benjamin and Jennifer Chu-Raya, owners of Brown Bear’s Hot Dogs, have more than 30 years of combined experience in the food industry. Initially, operating from a hot dog cart, Benjamin and Jennifer have grown their business to a permanent drive-through restaurant in north Fresno. Benjamin, a native Fresnan, understands the importance of passion, perseverance, a strong work ethic and a positive attitude. Sign up today for a very special (and delicious!) start to our Spring Pay It Forward series.


Life, Leadership, and Legacy

March 10, 2020
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Satellite Student Union

Please join us for a “DO NOT MISS” opportunity to listen, learn, and be inspired by an engaging and interactive panel discussion with some of the most accomplished leaders of Fresno. Over the years, these local professionals have devoted their time, experience, and resources stewarding projects and initiatives to enhance our community. Additionally, these thoughtful individuals have committed themselves in an unwavering quest to strengthen Fresno State. Collectively, they have devoted their time servicing students as mentors, contributed to the establishment of critical educational programming, and taken on numerous leadership roles to enhance student success. Registration will be open soon! Follow us on social media and be the first to register for this inspiring and insightful conversation and learn the art of “paying it forward.”

Panel members:  Octavia Diener, Helen Hanson, John Horstmann, Richard Johanson, Claude Laval, III, Bud Richter, Fred Ruiz, and Jim Woodward, III.

April 22, 2020

Earth Day in collaboration with Fresno State's Sustainability Club. More information will be coming soon!

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