Radiant Health Centers hosted its annual gala on June 3 at the Turnip Rose Promenade in Costa Mesa.
The affair raised nearly $260,000, which will directly support Radiant Health Centers’ mission to provide compassionate and comprehensive health services to underserved individuals in Orange County, with a special focus on the LGBTQ+ community and those living with and affected by HIV.
Pacific Life, Disneyland Resort, Gilead, Alaska Airlines, Pacific Western Bank, Pacific Life and Union Bank were among the evening’s sponsors.
Themed A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the fete invited attendees to enter an enchanted Shakespearean forest, surrounded by nymphs, fairies and royalty.
The evening included a cocktail hour, silent and live auction, several course dinner and an awards ceremony. Javier Muñoz, Broadway actor, Hamilton, received the Radiant Compassion Award for his contributions to LGBTQ+ rights and HIV/AIDS advocacy.
“We are deeply grateful to our dedicated supporters and generous donors who made our Gala an overwhelming success,” said Philip Yaeger, CEO, Radiant Health Centers.
“Their unwavering commitment to LGBTQ+ healthcare equity has brought us closer to our vision of a healthier and more inclusive Orange County.”
Fore the Boys & Girls
The JMG Security Systems Annual Benefit Golf Tournament, hosted by Pacific Premier Bank (Nasdaq: PPBI), was held on May 15 at Mile Square Golf Course.
The tournament netted more than $200,000 to support the programs and services provided by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley, which includes career development, character and leadership development, health and wellness, and the arts.
More than 250 golfers attended the tournament, which featured a silent auction, opportunity drawing, putting contest and more.
Additional tournament sponsors included Allied Refrigeration, Anaheim Ducks, Atlas Hospitality Group, Bosch, CPS Insurance, Fulcrum Resources, Kyocera, ScanSource, ThreadX, Enigma Cleaning Solutions, Benchmark Technology, and CDW.
“The longstanding partnership we have with JMG Security Systems and Pacific Premier Bank makes this golf tournament really special each year,” said Art Groeneveld, CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley.
“Seeing so many people come together for the kids is always an incredible experience and we are so thankful for each golfer, volunteer, and sponsor of this fantastic event.”
That’s the Spirit
Human Options hosted its annual Serious Fun Gala on May 20 at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach. The event embraced the theme The Spirit of Aloha, An Island Style Celebration.
The gala brought together more than 250 community leaders, donors, and supporters to raise nearly $500,000 for Human Options’ legal advocacy support, therapy and counseling, elder abuse prevention, along with emergency shelter and transitional housing programs.
The evening kicked off with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner, performances by Kai Kalama and Lokelanis Rhythms of the Island, a live auction and dancing.
Human Options honored board member Diane Biagianti, senior vice president, general counsel, Glaukos Corp., (NYSE: GKOS) during the gala with the 2023 Dove Award for her dedication to advocating for those impacted by relationship violence.
Sponsors included Glaukos; Crevier Family Foundation; Latham & Watkins LLP; Knobbe Martens; KPMG; CDF Labor Law LLP; Digital FastForward Inc.; Fisher & Phillips LLP; Hi-Time Wine Cellars; Kaiser Permanente Southern California; O’Melveny & Myers LLP; Schilling Law Group; LCS Constructors Inc; and We Architects Group.
Bits & Pieces
Girl Scouts of Orange County (GSOC) celebrated the grand opening of its Center in Santa Ana on June 9, funded in part by a $2.8 million MacKenzie Scott donation awarded to GSOC in 2022, which will be staffed with a bilingual and bicultural team and establishes a new permanent presence in Santa Ana, home to a predominantly multi-ethnic population, 75% of whom are Hispanic, and provides an opportunity to educate the Hispanic community about the life-changing experience Girl Scouts offers.
WISEPlace, in partnership with Jamboree Housing Corporation, broke ground on a $30 million expansion financed through the City of Santa Ana, the County of Orange, Orange County Housing Finance Trust and Bank of America, which will see its historically renovated and expanded building become permanent supportive housing for 47 vulnerable residents that includes financial empowerment learning labs, dedicated wrap-around service areas, private counseling and case management spaces, wellness and fitness rooms and a welcoming outdoor courtyard complete with community gardens and room for domestic pets.
Susan Kenny, founder and former chief executive, Do GOODer Partners, who has more than 20 years as a professional fundraiser working with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Court Appointed Special Advocates and has served on the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Educational Seminar, OneOC’s Spirit of Volunteerism and the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce’s Women of Influence, has been named the first CEO of Uplift Yoga Foundation, a nonprofit that supports teen mental health through peer connection, movement and mindfulness.