Doug Allred Named Mr. Nice Guy — Long-Time Supporter of the U.S. Navy SEALs and Their Families
June 28, 2015
“We are very happy to see Mr. Allred selected for this prestigious award, and are humbled and honored to be the recipient organization of the 17 Oct event. Mr. Allred has been a dedicated supporter of the U.S. Navy SEALs and their families for a number of years and we are fortunate to have him in our corner.”
For the past five years, Doug Allred has quietly sent flowers and gift certificates at Christmas to the wives of deployed San Diego SEAL team members.
The Del Mar real estate developer, a longtime supporter of the San Dieguito Boys & Girls Clubs, even underwrote some employees’ salaries during a financial crisis, says friend John Lynch.
These silent “good deeds” weren’t part of Allred’s vita when a committee of the San Diego Nice Guys organization decided to name him “2015 Nice Guy of the Year” during its gala Oct. 17.
But the group, whose 36-year mission has been to give folks a hand up instead of a hand out, looked at numerous examples of the businessman’s commitment of time, money and expertise to help San Diegans improve their lives.
Along with the Nice Guy title, the founder of the Doug Allred Co. gets to choose major beneficiaries of the gala fundraiser. As a former Navy Underwater Demolition Team member, he is acutely aware and appreciative of the sacrifices made by Navy families and is designating the SEAL Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation as a beneficiary.
And because he lost his wife of 56 years in 2013 to ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a devastating neurodegenerative disease, Allred wants to help families of other ALS sufferers struggling to care for loved ones.
He first spotted Ann across the football field at the University of Arizona when she was a cheerleader and he was a player. “I thought she was ravishing,” he recounted to a U-T reporter. “She was my last date. I didn’t need to meet another girl.”
Upon news of his selection as “Nice Guy of the Year,” Allred said he is both humbled and honored, calling the Nice Guys “angels to many people when help is needed.”
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