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OC United Way Kicks Off Campaign, Aims for $19.6M

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Orange County United Way kicked off its 2012-13 workplace fundraising campaign and awards luncheon at the Lyon Air Museum in Santa Ana.

The Irvine-based organization raised $19.1 million in its 2011-12 campaign and set a goal of $19.6 million for the 2012-13 fundraising year.

The bulk of the funds raised go to United Way’s Community Impact Fund, which supports more than 90 programs throughout Orange County.

More than 170 employee campaign managers and corporate partners attended the luncheon.

Max Gardner, chief executive of Orange County United Way, and Jerry Mattes, the 2012-13 campaign chair and president of UPS Inc.’s West Region, officially launched the 2012-13 fundraising campaign.

Some of the event’s sponsors included UPS, Alcon Laboratories Inc. of Fort Worth, Texas; Irvine-based Edwards Lifesciences Corp.; and Pacific Life Insurance Co. in Newport Beach.

Honorees at the event included: Automobile Club of Southern California (Outstanding Corporate Loyal Contributor); County of Orange (Outstanding Employee Giving); Ernst & Young (Corporate Tocqueville Society Community Impact Contributor); Fluor Corp. (Outstanding Corporate Leaders’ Society Contributor); UPS (Corporate Community Excellence).

Sue Duss, the director of human resources for Fluor in Southern California, received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Gardner honored Pacific Life with the Dimensions in Giving Award. Pacific Life has been a longtime supporter of Orange County United Way.

Simon Scholars

The Newport Beach-based Simon Foundation for Education and Housing’s Simon Scholars has awarded a group of Santa Ana students who have faced difficult circumstances in their lives for participation in the program.

Each recipient will receive $30,000 in financial and other support for their higher education.

The students from the Santa Ana UnifiedO School District each received a scholarship, which begins during their junior years in high school and includes help with various SAT prep courses and financial instruction. The scholarships extend through four years of college.

Ronald Simon, chairman of Newport Beach-based RSI Holding Corp., is the founder of the foundation.

Project Access Gala

Project Access Inc. raised $223,000 at its annual gala, held at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana.

The event, which was themed “A Culture of Change,” included a live auction and a dance performance by the Outer Circle Crew.

The proceeds of the event will fund the Newport Beach nonprofit’s resource centers, which provide health, education and employment services to low-income families, children and seniors.

Mothers Pampered

Orange-based OC Walk to Remember recently pampered 100 mothers, caregivers and supporters at The Deck at Pacific Edge Hotel in Laguna Beach.

OC Walk to Remember supports organizations that help mothers who have lost a baby in pregnancy or infancy, and their caregivers.

The event treated mothers to a free day of hair styling, massages, makeup lessons, yoga, meditation, and food and drinks in five beachfront cabanas at the hotel.

Kristyn von Rotz, executive director, co-founded OC Walk to Remember eight years ago after her son Joseph died at birth.

Golf Tournament

Irvine-based United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County’s 2012 Autumn Golf Classic/The Brianna Cup will be held Oct. 22 at the Santa Ana Country Club.

The Life Without Limits Golf Tournament is open to all. Costs range from $50 to $6,000.

Dana Dowers, chief executive of Irvine-based DLD Insurance Brokers Inc., founded the tournament nearly 20 years ago with business associate Chris Dubia.

Girl Scouts Gala

Irvine-based Girl Scouts of Orange County will recognize 12 local leaders, all Girl Scout alumnae, at the Third Annual Celebrate Leadership Gala on Oct. 26 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach.

The event will hosts more than 400 of OC’s community and business leaders in a fundraiser for the organization.

Some of the women honorees include Victoria Collins, cofounder and director of Irvine-based First Foundation Inc., a wealth management firm she co-founded; and Kristina Dodge, president of business development at Laguna Niguel-based American Sterling Productions Ltd.

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