Kathy’s Chinese California Cuisine and Kel-Toy, Inc. to Receive 2013 Family Business Award

USF honoring two stellar businesses in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (May 9, 2013)

The University of San Francisco (USF) School of Management is proud to announce Kathy's Chinese California Cuisine and Kel-Toy, Inc. are the recipients of its 2013 Gellert Family Business Award. The annual award recognizes extraordinary business achievement and community service, and is made possible by a generous gift from The Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Foundation. Kathy's Chinese California Cuisine and Kel-Toy, Inc. will be honored during a formal awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 22 from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. in the Handlery Dining Room on USF's Lone Mountain campus (2800 Turk Blvd., San Francisco 94117).

"Kathy's Chinese California Cuisine and Kel-Toy, Inc. are deserving recipients of this award," said Michael J. Webber, dean of the USF School of Management. "While in vastly different areas of business, both organizations began with the focus on serving a need in their communities. We are honoring Kathy's for its continuous support of youth sports, and for offering diners more healthful options in Chinese cuisine. Kel-Toy, Inc. is being recognized for its long history of working with San Francisco schools and supporting the Asian American Foundation to enhance the lives of Asian Americans here in San Francisco."

"We are delighted shine a spotlight on these Gellert Family Business Awardees of 2013," said Monika Hudson, assistant professor and director of the Gellert Family Business Resource Center at USF. "With this unique award, we acknowledge successful family businesses, while also providing professional and academic resources to support their continued efforts to thrive in San Francisco."

Since opening its doors in 1992, Kathy's Chinese California Cuisine has revolutionized traditional Chinese dishes by providing healthy options for customers. Each dish is prepared using no fat, skin, bones or preservatives and is cooked with only canola oil.  In these ways, Kathy's puts its own unique spin on traditional Chinese cuisine, resulting in food that has only a fraction of the calories. In addition being a neighborhood favorite, Kathy's has been a strong proponent of youth sports, advocating for healthy activities for young people.

Kel-Toy, Inc. has established itself as San Francisco's one-stop shopping resource for gift, floral, craft, packaging, and wedding-favor wholesale market needs since 1981. Beyond providing customers with items such as ribbons, candles, plush toys, fabric displays, plastic boxes, and table runners, Kel-Toy, Inc. is a model of corporate social responsibility with a long history of working with San Francisco schools to assist in underwriting a portion of their operating costs, as well as supporting the Asian American Foundation to enhance the lives of others throughout the City.

The Gellert Family Business Resource Center at USF takes a three-pronged approach to serving its community by:

  • Recognizing excellence.
  • Keeping family businesses informed.
  • Developing family business leadership.

The goal of the University of San Francisco's Gellert Family Business Center is to provide family-owned businesses with access to networking, create an open exchange of strategic and practical family business information, and advance the field of family business research, education, and scholarship. On an annual basis, the Center recognizes existing Bay Area family-owned businesses that exemplify the acumen, tenacity, and community spirit typical of the industry.

The Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Foundation's policy is to promote educational, charitable, scientific, literary, or religious programs in the nine counties of the greater San Francisco Bay Area. The Gellert Foundation is the primary contributor to the Gellert Family Business Center.

About the University of San Francisco

The University of San Francisco is located in the heart of one of the world's most innovative and diverse cities and is home to a vibrant academic community of students and faculty who achieve excellence in their fields. Its diverse student body enjoys direct access to faculty, small classes, and outstanding opportunities in the city itself. USF is San Francisco's first university, and its Jesuit Catholic mission helps ignite a student's passion for social justice and a desire to "Change the World from Here."  For more information, please visit www.usfca.edu.

If you have any questions about the Gellert Family Business Awards, please contact Monika Hudson at 415-422-4395 or mhudson@usfca.edu. For media inquiries, and more about the University of San Francisco, please contact Anne-Marie Devineabdevine@usfca.edu or 415-422-2697.