Alumni Joshua and Amy (Utley) Prieb do more than slake thirsts and create smiles with their Kona Ice of Southeast Fresno/Sanger. They raise money for Fresno Pacific University.
Kona Ice is a mobile shaved ice franchise with a philanthropic commitment to the communities it serves. Nationwide, Kona Ice has donated more than $21 million dollars to community-based organizations. The Priebs are continuing Kona Ice’s tradition by donating each year to local groups—particularly FPU.
Joshua Prieb attended Fresno Pacific from 1993-1996. “My FPU experience was a great one. I met so many lifelong friends and was privileged to be a part of a great growing process in both my personal and educational life,” he said. After serving with the U.S. Coast Guard and the Cocoa Beach (FL) Police Department he returned to Fresno In 2012, where he reconnected with Amy (BA ’92, TC ’93, MFT ’09). The couple married and combined families in August 2013. Amy now has a private practice in Fresno and Kingsburg and teaches adjunct for FPU and the seminary.
The Priebs bring Kona Ice to athletic contests, student life functions and other events. “Being alumni of FPU and finding a way to give back to the foundation that is FPU is a great reward for us,” said Joshua, who came to the main campus May 18 to drop off their latest donation.
Photo (left to right): Diana Bates Mock, vice president for marketing and university relations; Mark Isaak, associate vice president of university advancement; Jessi Wallace, assistant director of external relations in athletics; Arnie Prieb, director of international programs and services; Joshua Prieb; Joan Minasian, director of the annual fund; Ali Sena, director of alumni development; John Tsvirinko, advancement information strategist; and Steven Herevia, student activities coordinator in student life.