Monday, June 20, 2011 2:00 AM

Ultimate legacy is family affair

His brother Leon once told Pete Peters, “You can’t take everything out of the community without putting something back in.” And, Pete, now 94, certainly has lived up to that brotherly advice.

Community Medical Foundation is honoring Pete’s dedication and generosity by naming him one of Community’s “Ultimate People” for 2011. When asked how he felt about the honor, he said, "Thank you so much, I just love Community [Medical Centers] so much. I can't tell you how much this touches me."

The Peters’ name is synonymous with philanthropy and you can’t help but see it sprinkled throughout Community in a legacy that has over decades become a family affair. Pete P. Peters is at the helm as the patriarch of a family who has endeavored to help residents in our community by graciously leading and supporting major hospital initiatives. From the Leon S. and Peter P. Peters Future Generations Center at Clovis Community Medical Center, to the burn and rehabilitation centers at Community Regional Medical Center, the name Peters will long be remembered for its generosity.

Uncle Pete, as he is lovingly known around the hospital, has been an inspiration to so many with his “gifts from the heart” with no expectations of recognition or awards, said Rob Saroyan, vice president of fund development at Community and who has worked over the years with Pete.

“It’s not uncommon for him to ask about where the greatest need is and then help support that area with genuine concern,” he said.

Peters has chaired both the Leon S. Peters and Pete P. Peters Foundations for decades. He recently handed the reins of the Leon S. Peters Foundation to his nephew Kenneth Peters. Pete Peters has been instrumental in guiding a number of major contributions to Community over several decades.

“Ultimate People” honors those from Community Medical Centers who have distinguished themselves with service to Community and its Foundation. This year’s “Ultimate People” will be recognized at the upcoming “Ultimate Party” at Weber BMW in Fresno.

Mary Lisa Russell reported this story. She can be reached at