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In the Pink

Susan G. Komen Orange County held its annual Pink Tie Ball on May 11 at City National Grove of Anaheim. More than 450 guests gathered at the annual gala, themed “Be the One” and raised about $570,000. The funds are earmarked for Komen OC’s programs that support resources for men and women at every stage of their breast cancer diagnoses.

During the event, Komen Orange County recognized individuals as Pink Tie Partners that include men and women in the community who have gone above and beyond in the fight against breast cancer.

Pink Tie Partners included Bruce Fischer, chair, West Coast Real Estate Practice of Greenberg Traurig LLP; Amee Laxpati, founder and chief operating officer, Alinea Medical Imaging; Sherri Scott, senior vice president, Community Reinvestment Act & Fair Banking at Pacific Premier Bank; Karen Sherman, Komen Orange County supporter; and Erin Zilis, chair, 2018 Pink Tie Ball and founding committee, Komen’s Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference.

Sponsors for event included Ingram Micro Inc., Allergan PLC, Greenberg Traurig, Experian PLC, Kaiser Permanente, Pacific Premier Bank, Canaday Group Inc., Boeing Co., Pacific Mercantile Bank and Willis Towers Watson.

Empowering Survivors

Hilton Grand Vacations Inc., Jaffe Family Foundation, KPMG LLP, Capital Group, and Greenberg Traurig LLP were among the corporate sponsors of Human Options’ Serious Fun Gala on May 11 at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach. The gala netted $520,000 in critical funds for Human Options’ life-changing services and programs.

The event transported more than 300 community leaders to the City of Light for the soiree, which was themed “One Night in Paris.” Guests enjoyed cocktails and appetizers, dinner, cabaret-style entertainment, a silent and live auction, and dancing.

During the event, Human Options honored Celina Doka, audit partner for KPMG’s Orange County office and board vice president for Human Options, with the Dove Award for her long-standing commitment to advocating for those affected by relationship violence.

Thinking About the Future, Together

Think Together hosted its annual Raise a Hand Dinner & Experience on April 25, at AV Irvine, where more than 350 community and business leaders raised $415,000 to support the nonprofit’s Coding for All campaign.

Coding for All expands Think Together’s coding program that annually reaches more than 150,000 kids from low-income families throughout California.

Think Together students showcased their coding and robotics skills, including a battle bot competition, during the Meet and Think portion of the event. Two Think Together high school seniors, Alexia Calderon and Stephanie Correa, were presented with Face of the Future awards, including $3,000 college scholarships and new laptops for their dedication to their education and volunteerism in their communities. The Champion of Change award was presented to Sangeeth Peruri, chief executive, VoterCircle, for his dedication to changing the odds for kids through education.

Event sponsors included Medtronic PLC, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Deloitte, Orion Property Partners, Orora, Pacific Life Foundation, Crevier Classic Cars, and City National Bank.

Auction and raffle sponsors included Aston Martin Newport Beach, Catalina Express, Fletcher Jones Motorcars Newport Beach, Irvine Improv, and PIMCO.

The Time to Help is Now

Royal Family Kids hosted its inaugural Now Gala on May 2 at Fete the Venue in Costa Mesa. The event brought together community members who helped raise over $175,000 to support RFK in its mission to interrupt the cycle of neglect, abuse and abandonment of children in the foster care system. Programs include a mentoring program, a summer camp program and other services designed to support the 9,000 foster children RFK serves each year.

“More than 440,000 children in the U.S. foster care system have been neglected, abandoned and abused,” said RFK Chief Executive Paul Martin. “The support we receive from the community allows us to play an active role in building a future where all youth and families thrive in safe, stable and nurturing homes.”

Sponsors included Avant Advisory Group, Baker Party Rentals and Eagle Print Dynamics.

Bits & Pieces

Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County raised more than $60,000 to help fight hunger at its third annual Golf Tournament Invitational, which was attended by more than 100 golf enthusiasts, community members and Second Harvest supporters … A garden party at Sherman Library and Gardens on April 28 was the setting for The Hutchins Consort’s annual benefit, this year themed “Tiptoe Through the Tulips,” where more than 100 guests enjoyed the alfresco champagne soiree and raised $32,000 … The American Red Cross awarded Antis Roofing & Waterproofing its Corporate Hero award at the Orange County Heroes Luncheon on May 3 at Hotel Irvine for the company’s donations to disaster relief efforts, hosting blood drives, and most recently highlighting the Red Cross in the Antis Community Corner with the Anaheim Ducks.

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