About the Ruby Dooby Foundation
The idea behind the Ruby’s Diner restaurant was inspired by an amazing woman, Ruby Cavanaugh. Ruby was a child of the great depression as well as a card-carrying member of the greatest generation. With her childhood years spent in the midwest and her teens spent here in Los Angeles, Ruby grew into a grounded yet modern woman whose beauty was literally inside and out. That grace, beauty, and style was woven into her every activity which made her beloved by so many through the years.
Ruby passed away, but we were graced with her presence for 93 wonderful years. Her selfless and sincere care for others literally impacted thousands of people. Even after her passing, we receive countless cards and letters from those who may have never met her, yet still feel a need to express their visceral and loving connection with this amazing woman.
In September 2016, the Ruby Dooby Foundation was created in her honor. The foundation donates to schools and local charities in Orange County as well as national and international causes to help support children throughout the world. Donations have been made to the Orange County School of the Arts, Nepal Youth Foundation, Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Mount Hermon, Kerus Global Education, CCHS Foundation, Miracle Babies, CureDuchenne, HomeWord, Mariners Christian School and Garage Ministries. The Foundation continually seeks to help children causes throughout the world in honor of Ruby Cavanaugh to carry on her sincere passion to make the world a better place.
Your support can help us save children’s lives!
In the past few years, The Ruby Dooby Foundation has already supported these charities
One of our first projects will be supporting the new Children’s Hospital Orange County (CHOC) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. This special unit inside CHOC is dedicated to small babies who need complex surgery or other advanced care.
CHOC Children’s NICU is rated among the top 25 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. And it is rated by the American Academy of Pediatrics as Level 4… the highest rating available.
We will also be supporting research efforts to combat Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome (CCHS), a rare but tragic disease that desperately needs more funding to fund better treatments.
A growing number of individuals are now being identified whose symptoms were not apparent until later infancy, childhood, or even adulthood and are called later onset congenital central hypoventilation syndrome (LO-CCHS). Funds raised from “Building the Foundation: Ruby’s Big USO Show!” will benefit CCHS research efforts.