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Wednesday, May 29, 2024


Fore a Great Cause

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire, Roger Dunn Golf Shops, The Crean Family Foundation, along with the support of the Sterling BMW, hosted the 45th Annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Golf Tournament.

The tournament, which took place at the Newport Beach County Club on March 21, raised more than $347,000. The funds will benefit local Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County mentorship programs, matching deserving children with caring adult mentors.

“We found that mentorship matters for every individual represented at the event,” said Sloane Keane, CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire. “It was inspiring to hear stories of (the) impact our golfers shared from their own lives, reminding us that opportunity is no accident and they were, themselves, benefactors of the impact of mentorship and now they had a chance to honor these experiences by giving that same opportunity to kids in our community.”

In total, 128 golfers participated. The event included shopping experiences with TravisMathew, GFore and Yeti merchandise, and multiple on-course games and prizes, followed by dinner and an award ceremony.

The Way to Donors’ Hearts

Illumination Foundation raised $1.3 million to support its mission to disrupt the cycle of homelessness at its ninth annual Chef’s Table Culinary Gala on March 27 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. Proceeds from the event support an intergenerational campus in Santa Ana that will provide housing for seniors and families.

Each table of guests enjoyed a unique dining experience throughout the evening, with chefs preparing each course tableside. The evening included a reception, a wine pull, silent and live auction, fund-a-need, and a video that featured Illumination Foundation clients. Entertainment was provided by Marisa Corvo, a finalist on NBC’s “The Voice” Season 19, and DJ MaQui.

Chef’s Table featured many of Orange County’s most renowned restaurants, including 21 Royal; Bosscat Kitchen & Libations; Broadway by Amar Santana; Cambalache; Cali Dumplings; Chela’s Mexican Kitchen; Defiant BBQ & Friends; Descanso; El Mercado Modern Cuisine; Farmhouse at Roger’s Garden; Harley Laguna Beach; Napa Rose; Oak Laguna Beach; Pei Wei by Jet Tila; Rancho Capistrano Winery; Rockin’ Baja; Rossoblu; Salty Rose Creations and Happy Tummy Cuisine; Sapphire Catering Group; Seafood Cove 2; Slapfish; Strong Water Anaheim; The Cellar; The Lab Collaborative; The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel; Toast Kitchen & Bakery; Urbana Mexican Gastronomy; and World Empanadas.

Chef’s Table was presented by Disneyland Resort. Additional sponsors included Kaiser Permanente OC, Golden Eagle Foundation, Shamrock Foods, Experian, West Coast University, The Lab Collaborative, The Bascom Group, Prospera Hotels, Voluspa, Canyon Consulting, and Wells Fargo.

Chef’s Table was co-chaired by Dr. Jacqueline DuPont-Carlson, CEO, Assured In-Home Care and board chair, Illumination Foundation and Karen Jordan, board member, Illumination Foundation.

New Direction on St. Patrick’s Day

New Directions for Women celebrated 45 years of service at its 14th annual Circle of Life Breakfast. The event, St. Patrick’s Day by the Bay, a Celebration of Recovery, was held on March 17 at the Balboa Bay Resort. The event raised approximately $275,000, generated by nearly 400 attendees, both in-person and virtual at the St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser in support of the nonprofit’s residential treatment for women and their children.

The fundraiser featured a traditional Irish breakfast, special video messaging and inspirational alumnae speakers from the New Directions program.

Event sponsors included Alera Group, Brown-Forman, Digital Intellect, Elmore Toyota, First Republic Bank, Nigro & Nigro and Proprius Medical Group. Agape Wellness, Antis Roofing, Ganhal Lumber, Word & Brown and Advance Brokers were among the underwriters. In-kind donors included Balboa Bay Club and Resort.

That’s So Great

Nearly 110 mentors, business leaders and community champions of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast (BGC of Central OC) gathered at the 5th Annual Women of Greatness Brunch & Bubbly on March 13 to celebrate the women who have made a significant impact in the lives of Orange County youth and their families. The event raised $75,000, enabling BGC of Central OC to continue providing mentorship to youth and comprehensive services to families through its Family Strengthening program.

Held at the Balboa Bay Resort, the Women of Greatness Brunch & Bubbly featured a silent auction, music, presentations and a brunch. Event sponsors included KPMG, Pimco and Rimrock Capital Management.

BGC of Central OC presented the 2022 Woman of Greatness and Community Partner Awards to those who support the club’s work to strengthen families, provide opportunities to female club members, and inspire future generations, including Cathy Stahl, global head of marketing at Pimco and board member, BGC of Central OC, who received the Woman of Greatness award; and Rossi Coyle, senior operations manager, Irvine Co. Office Properties, who received the Community Partner award.

Bits & Pieces

Waymakers has been awarded a three-year, $1 million grant from Elevate Youth California for the purpose of working with youth ages 12 to 26, providing social justice, peer support and mentorship to low-income communities. … On March 24, 623 donors raised $317,277 for the participating nonprofits in the Orange County Community Foundation’s The Future is Working, a collaborative online Giving Day to support Bracken’s Kitchen Inc., Chrysalis, Cielo, Community Action Partnership of Orange County, Hart Community Homes Inc., High School Inc., Academies Foundation, H.I.R.E. OC, Hope Builders, i-5 Freedom Network, JVS SoCal, Kherut, Orange County Academy of Sciences and Arts, Step Forward Academy, Vital Link Education-Business Consortium, and Youth Employment Service of the Harbor Area Inc., which are all leaders in workforce development. Eagle Community Credit Union has donated $10,000 to 

the Ukrainian Credit Union Displacement Fund through the Worldwide Foundation of Credit Unions to directly support short and long-term impacts to Ukraine’s credit union system, including displaced credit union employees, members, and challenges to the country’s credit union system over the long term.

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