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Men’s Legal Center Presents: Great Dads

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Are you or someone you know a “Great Dad”? Do you know a dad who goes the extra mile for his kid(s) and stands out?

If you would like to nominate an outstanding dad for our next “Great Dad Award” please forward us their name, your contact information and theirs with a brief summary of why you believe this individual should be our next “Great Dad”.

Men’s Legal Center would like to see our community have more responsible and proactive male role models and mentors.

Acknowledging responsible and active Dads who stand out is our way of encouraging more Great Dads!

Past Great Dads Recipients

Richard Dilay

Mr. Richard Dilay is currently a Chief in the US Navy with 17 years of service. His dedication to work and family is unsurpassed. He and his wife Michelle are raising three boys: Alexander and Christian, age 9 and Lucas age 7.

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Joe Vargas

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Joe Vargas has been a member of the National City community for over 35 years. Joe’s family has a long history with boxing and he began learning the sport at a very young age.

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Patrick Turner

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Patrick L. Turner is a longtime resident of San Diego, California. He was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and moved to California when he was a young boy. Patrick attended and graduated from Morse High School.

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Richard Jaramillo

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RJ exemplified the type of father who has overcome obstacles to be a great father to his children. RJ explained to MLC “In the year 2000, I was a newly divorced dad with a newborn.

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TJ Zane

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Mr. T.J. Zane is the former President and CEO of the Lincoln Club of San Diego County. T.J. now heads a San Diego taxpayer advocacy and government reform non-profit.

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Why Are Great Dads Important?

Decades of research and studies show that children with active fathers, or who have a father figure actively involved in their lives, have a significantly better chance of success in life. For this reason, the Men’s Legal Center announced their effort to honor fathers who stand out above the crowd. Dads who go the extra mile, exemplify positive fatherly traits, not necessarily just to their children but to the community as well, with their “Great Dad” Award.

Fathers selected for the “Great Dad” Award will be featured on both the Men’s Legal Center website and on their social media Facebook and Google+ pages, as well as receive a personal award plaque to commemorate this honor as well as gifts.

Awards are presented to Great Dads who deserve recognition:
  • For being an Outstanding Father,
  • Great Mentor, and Excellent
  • Role Model for the Community!

“As a society, we cannot underestimate the importance of a father actively involved in the lives of his children,” said Senior Attorney Craig Candelore. “The abundance of research clearly shows that the ‘dad effect’ begins shortly after birth. Children with involved fathers are more emotionally secure and have more confidence. As they mature, they have higher IQs and show more self-direction than their peers who do not have actively involved fathers.”

Nominate the Next Great Dad!

  • Do You Know a Great Dad?

    Persons wanting to nominate someone for the “Great Dad” award are encouraged to provide the name and contact information of their nominee – as well as their own – along with a brief description of what makes that person a "Great Dad."