The story of the Sonora Area Foundation began with generous gifts from two members of a long-established Tuolumne County family – Irving Symons and his sister, Elaine Symons Baker.
Mr. Symons and his sister were both born and raised in Tuolumne County and shared a deep affection for this area and its history. Their family’s Tuolumne County roots date back to the 1850s, when members of the Symons family first immigrated to this area from Cornwall, England and Ireland.
Elaine and Irving, both successful individuals, felt a strong desire to share with their community, and to help build for its future. Together, they established the Community Foundation that would improve the quality of life here for many years to come – and provide a way for others to do the same.