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Erin D. Wahlen
City Administration
City Hall, 7th Floor
Anaheim, CA 92805
(714) 765-5045
ewahlen@anaheim.net

  

Nominees

The Anaheim/Orange County Walk of Stars is a place of prominence where recipients are honored for their achievements and contributions to the City of Anaheim and the surrounding Orange Country area.

  • The Walk of Stars is located in the Anaheim ResortTM on Harbor Boulevard, with close proximity to The Disneyland® Resort, Anaheim GardenWalk, Anaheim Convention center, and much more!
  • Each star is a solid granite block that is approximately 36 inches wide and 36 inches long and engraved with the name and achievement of each recipient.

A star on the Anaheim/Orange County Walk of Stars marks a milestone for recipients. Star recipients include but are not limited to:

  • Athletes
  • Entertainers
  • Authors
  • Composers
  • Community leaders
  • And those who have contributed time and energy to improving Orange County.

Individuals honored on the Anaheim/Orange County Walk of Stars include the likes of Walt Disney, Carl and Margaret Karcher, and the Taormina family.











































Photo Gallery

Peter Muth: December 15, 2009


Dr. Sammy Lee: May 26, 2009


Donna and John Crean: February 10, 2009

 Walk of Stars: Donna and John Crean Video


Righteous Brothers: October 15, 2008

 Walk of Stars: Righteous Brothers Video


Bruno Serato : August 19th, 2008


Monsignor Sammon May 27, 2008


Gene Autry: April 7, 2008

 Walk of Stars: Gene Autry Video


Yorba Family: Jan 15, 2008


Taormina Family: Jan 14, 2008


Henry and Susan Samueli: Mar 11, 2007


Carl Karcher: Jan 16, 2007


Walt Disney: Nov 10, 2006











































Nominees

Nominees are chosen by the Walk of Stars committee. The criteria includes that the nominee must have lived or worked in the Greater Anaheim area for a considerable length, and they must have contributed to the prominence and name recognition of the City of Anaheim. Nominees are broken up into categories: show business, sports, humanitarians, literary and pioneers/civics.

ANAHEIM/ORANGE COUNTY WALK OF STARS NOMINEES
     
SHOW BUSINESS SPORTS PIONEERS/CIVICS
Bette Davis 2002 Anaheim Angels Ontiveros Family
Bette Midler 2003 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Avery Family
Bill Medley Ashley Force Charles "Chic" Burlingame III
Bobby Hatfield Bob Ctvrtilk Charles C. Chapman
Buddy Ebsen Brian Hayward Daniel G. Aldrich
Charlie Chaplin C. David Baker Don Kennedy
Clarence Leo Fender Carson Palmer Donald R. Beall
David Ward Dennis Rodman Dr. Jewel Plummer Cobb
Diane Keaton Doug DiCinces Eddie Martin
Disney Characters Frederick Kelly Edward & George Amerige
Eden Espinosa Glenn Hoffman Elva Haskett
Gwen Stefani Guy Hebert F.Sherwood Rowland
Heather Locklear Vladimir Guerrero Frank Jao
Jack Lindquist Hobie Alter Fred William Kuelp
John Wayne Janet Evans Gavin S. Herbert
Josh Schwartz Jean-Sebastien Giguere George Hansen
Judy Garland Joe-Max Moore George Hoag II
Kevin Costner John Cappelletti George L. Argyros
Marc Cherry John Force Glenn A. Martin
Mark McGrath Joy Fawcett Henry & Elizabeth Segerstrom
Mary Pickford Julie Foudy Henry Huntington
Michelle Pfeiffer Kaitlin Sandeno James Doti
Mickey Rooney Karch Kiraly Jim Jannard
No Doubt Lindsay Davenport John Hinchman
Oingo Boingo Lori Harrigan John Seymour
Ozzie and Harriet Nelson Mark McGwire M. Lowell Edwards
Richard Chamberlain Matt Leinart Madame Helena Modjeska
Rudolph Valentino Michael Chang Marie Callendar
Stepen Hellenberg Paul Kariya McFadden Brothers
Steve Martin Peter V. Ueberroth Moiso Family
Sugar Ray Reggie Jackson Moulton Family
The Offspring Reuben Droughns Ole Hanson
Victor Mature Robby Gordon O'neill Family
Will Ferrell Rod Carew Peter Muth
  Sammy Lee Philip A. Stanton
  Sasha Cohen Raymond Cyrus "R.C". Hoiles
HUMANITARIANS Teemu Selanne Richard Nixon
Fr. Junipero Serra Tiger Woods Richard Woolcot
Bruno Serato Tommy Lasorda Ross Cortese
Charles and Ada Bowers Trevor Hoffman Rudy Boysen
Donald Bren USA Men's Volleyball Stephen J. Scarborough
Dorothy Mulkey Vince Ferragamo Ted Craig
Gonzalo and Felicitas Mendez The Irvine Family
Jack Peltason   The Knott Family
Manuel Esqueda LITERARY Wayne Inouye
Rev. Robert Schuller Don Lasseter William Henry Spurgeon
  Dean Koontz William Lyon
  Frank Cuprien William Pereira
  John Steinbeck Yellis Family
  T. Jefferson Parker  
  Wyland  











































Past Recipients

Gene Autry: Angels Baseball legend and entertainment icon, Gene Autry, is the sixth recipient on the Anaheim/Orange County Walk of Stars. He is often credited for his contributions to radio, film, motion pictures, and television performances, which earned him his Star.

Righteous Brothers: Dubbed the founders of “blue-eyed soul,” The Righteous Brothers remain a favorite group among millions of fans, and their musical relevance continues to be a staple in American pop music culture. Both Medley and Hatfield were raised in Orange County: Medley in Santa Ana, and Hatfield in Anaheim. The Righteous Brothers’ contributions to the music industry, along with their constant support of the Orange County community, will now be forever remembered in Anaheim.

Donna and John Crean: The Creans founded Fleetwood Enterprise, Inc. in Anaheim in 1950, and the company remains one of the country’s largest designers and manufacturers of recreational vehicles (RVs). The Creans generously gave and continue to support numerous organizations including, Lutheran High School in Irvine, Anaheim’s Children’s Bureau of Southern California, the Anaheim chapter of Cystic Fibrosis, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, The Orange County Philharmonic Society, the YWCA Hotel for Women, the Crystal Cathedral, the Santa Ana Zoo, and children’s hospitals and homeless shelters.

Walt Disney: Walt Disney was selected to receive the first star because of his impact on the region locally, nationally and internationally. "Anaheim is a place where people come to realize their dreams- a place where imagination, inspiration, creativity and hard work turn those dreams into realities. Nobody personalizes these traits more than Walt Disney,” said Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle.

Carl and Margaret Karcher: The Karchers, founders of Carl Karcher Enterprises and the Carl's Jr. restaurant chain, received the star in recognition of their entrepreneurial and philanthropic ventures throughout Anaheim & Orange County. “The Karcher family has touched countless lives through their generosity as business leaders and philanthropists, and we are thrilled to see Carl honored for his efforts in such a lasting and significant way,” said Andrew F. Puzder.

Dr. Sammy Lee: Dr. Sammy Lee, a first generation Korean-American, won gold medals at the 1948 London Olympic Games, and the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games, and in doing so became the first male diver to win back-to-back gold medals. Dr. Lee served on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports under Presidents Eisenhower, Nixon, Carter and Bush. He was named winner of the 1953 James. E. Sullivan Award. He was also named Outstanding American-born Korean of the past 50 years by the American Korean Society (1967), and Orange County’s Sportsman of the Year (1976). He was honored as the first Grand Marshall of Orange County’s Korean Community Parade (1981), and he was inducted into Orange County Sports Hall of Fame (1984).

Peter Muth: Peter Muth, with his father George Muth and brother-in-law Frank Hertz, founded the ORCO Block Company in 1946. Over the years, ORCO literally has provided the foundation on which much of Southern California is built. ORCO also has become one of the top 10 concrete block manufacturers in the nation. In 1989, Muth and ORCO Block were named Manufacturing Entrepreneurs of the year by Arthur Young and Inc. Magazine for L.A. County. Each year Peter and his wife, Mary, contributed money to more than 75 non-profit organizations including Goodwill Industries, the American Red Cross, the United Way, the YMCA Hotel for homeless women, and Mater Dei High School.

Monsignor Sammon: Monsignor John Sammon’s contributions and devotion as chaplain to Orange County fire and police departments has earned him a star on the Anaheim/Orange County Walk of Stars. Msgr. Sammon worked for the Diocese of Orange as vicar to the bishops and chaplain to fire and police departments and was appointed the first vicar for pastoral and community affairs when it was established in 1976. His selfless attitude brought him to many fire sites as his presence put the firefighters at ease.

Henry and Susan Samueli: As owners of the Anaheim Ducks and the management company for Honda Center, the Samuelis are well recognized leaders in the sports industry and Orange County business community. They are also known for their many philanthropic endeavors. Susan, the executive director of the Samueli Foundation, has overseen grants to hundreds of organizations in the areas of education, health, social services, spirituality and the arts. The couple was listed in Forbes Magazine’s The World's Richest People in 2006.

Bruno Serato: Born in France and raised both in France and in Italy, Bruno Serato continually seeks ways to give back to the community. Among the organizations he supports are the Boys and Girls Club in Anaheim, Paint Your Heart Out, an organization that renovates the homes of the elderly and infirmed, and Caterina’s Girls Club, which Serato founded in honor of his mother to benefit underprivileged girls in Anaheim. His philanthropic efforts have raised nearly $1 million.

Taormina Family: The Taormina family built their Anaheim-based business, Taormina Industries, into the largest privately-owned solid waste and recycling firm in the nation. After merging their firm with Republic Services in 1997, the Taormina’s have pursued numerous investment and entrepreneurial opportunities. As the founders of Clean City, Inc., the Taorminas are involved in, support, or have founded dozens of community organizations and charitable groups throughout Anaheim and Orange County.

Yorba Family: The Yorba family, who were among the early settlers of Spanish California and once owned much of the land in present day Orange County received a star in honor of their many contributions to the rich history of the region. Don Bernardo Yorba I acquired numerous large territories to supplement his family’s massive cattle operation and introduced irrigation agriculture to the area by utilizing the Santa Ana River, Anaheim’s namesake, to ensure that the land would remain productive. Their star will honor their family for generations to come.



















































Sponsor A Star

To sponsor a star on the Anaheim/Orange County Walk of Stars, please review the criteria and download the application and send completed forms to the Anaheim Walk of Stars Selection Committee for review. Thank you for interest and support of the Anaheim/Orange County Walk of Stars. Should you have any questions, please call 714.765.5162.














































Press Information
NEWS CLIPS

PRESS RELEASES

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News Clips

May 26, 2009
Famed diver Sammy Lee gets a star and, he jokes, a headstone
OC Register

February 10, 2009
Billionaire philanthropists get star on Anaheim walk
OC Register

December 15, 2008
Crean star ceremony postponed
OC Register

October 15, 2008
Anaheim’s Walk of Stars to add Righteous Brothers today
OC Register

October 15, 2008
Righteous Brothers honored with O.C. star
OC Register

September 2, 2008
Righteous Brothers to join Anaheim Walk of Stars
OC Register

August 21, 2008
White House owner, Bruno Serato, receives star on the Anaheim Walk of Stars
OC Register

May 27, 2008
Late Monsignor given Anaheim star
OC Register

May 27, 2008
Priest to be posthumously honored on Walk of Stars
OC Register

April 7, 2008
OC To Honor 'Singing Cowboy' With Star
NBC

April 7, 2008
Autry honored
OC Register

April 3, 2008
Autry will be the sixth entity recognized on Anaheim sidewalk
OC Register

April 1, 2008
Gene Autry Joining Anaheim/Orange County Walk of Stars
OC Register

January 15, 2008
Anaheim Dedicates Yorbas' Star
OC Register

January 11, 2008
Yorba family to be on Walk of Stars in Anaheim
OC Register

March 12, 2007
Billionaire, Duck's owner added to 'Walk of Stars'
OC Register

March 7, 2007
Henry and Susan Samueli to get their star Sunday Anaheim Ducks owners are the third to get honored on the Anaheim/Orange County Walk of Stars.
OC Register

March 6, 2007
http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/sections/news/local/anaheimhills/
Anaheim Hills

January 17, 2007
Carl's Jr. founder honored with star
The Anaheim/Orange County Walk of Stars dusts off a spot for Carl Karcher and his late wife

OC Register

January 16, 2007
Carl's Jr. founder joins Anaheim's Walk of Star
Carl Karcher gets star on his 90th birthday.

OC Register

January 12, 2007
Carl's Jr. Founder Honored by City of Anaheim
QRS Online

December 7, 2006
Anaheim Bulletin
OC Register

December 6, 2006
Karcher to receive star on Walk of Stars Ceremony scheduled for Jan. 16.
OC Register

November 11, 2006
Twinkle, twinkle … granite stars
OC Register

November 10, 2006
Disney star shines in Anaheim
OC Register

Walt Disney gets first honor on Walk of Stars
Orlando Sentinel

Walt Disney Receives Star on Anaheim/Orange County Walk of Stars
Disneyland Resort Public Affairs Website 

Walt Disney Receives Star on the O.C. 'Walk of Stars'
Disneyland Resort Public Affairs Website

November 8, 2006
Disney to be first honoree on O.C. Walk of Stars
OC Register











































Press Release

2009

December 11, 2009
Anaheim/OC Walk of Stars to Induct Peter Muth, Local Businessman and Philanthropist

May 18, 2009
Anaheim/OC Walk of Stars to Honor Olympian Dr. Sammy Lee

February 4, 2009
Donna and John Crean to be Honored with the 10th Star on the Anaheim/OC Walk of Stars

October 10, 2008
The Righteous Brothers To Be Honored

August 18, 2008
Anaheim Restaurateur Bruno Serato To Receive Walk Of Stars Honor

2008

May 27, 2008
Anaheim/OC Walk of Stars Honors Msgr. John Sammon, the Hero Behind the Heroes

May 20, 2008
A Star Will Shine for Msgr. John Sammon on the Anaheim/OC Walk of Stars

April 3, 2008
Sports and Entertainment Legend Gene Autry to Receive Sixth Star on Anaheim/OC Walk of Stars

January 10, 2008
City to Honor Yorba Family on Anaheim/OC Walk or Stars

2007

March 7, 2007
Henry & Susan Samueli To Receive Star On Anaheim/OC Walk Of Stars  

January 11, 2007
Carl & Margaret Karcher Receive Second Star on Anaheim/Orange County Walk of Stars

 

2006

November 9, 2006
Walt Disney Receives First Star on Anaheim/Orange County Walk of Stars

July 26, 2006
City Council Takes Action on Walk of Stars and Phoenix Decorating Company

March 30, 2006
Anaheim to Create "Walk of Stars" in Resort Area Honoring Orange County Celebrities