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Golfing for Miracles

Miracles for Kids hosted its third annual Miracles for Kids Golf Invitational presented by Perricone Farms on March 29. 

The tournament took place at Santa Ana Country Club and raised more than $200,000 for the organization.
The day began with breakfast sponsored by Regent Association Services and beverages by Trust Me Vodka. After shotgun, participants enjoyed a variety of different activities and tastings at each hole, including sponsored by Farmers Insurance at hole 3, Motiv-8 Amino Recovery and Vodka Burn Drinks at holes 8 and 13, Newport Rib Company at hole 15 and an area featuring drinks and bites from Yippee Calle Tacos and Casazul Tequila.

Due to limited spectators at the event, a safety precaution in light of COVID-19, the Golf Invitational also held an online auction and Fund-A-Family campaign which was open to the public from March 24 through March 31.

Event sponsors consisted of Perricone Farms, David August Clothing, TRAFFIK Advertising, Lamborghini Newport Beach, McLaren Newport Beach, Regent Association Services, West Coast Aviation Services, Wilson Sonsini, DPR Construction, The Hatch Group, The Leeson Group, Word & Brown Companies, Allied Universal, Farmers Insurance, Frome Family Foundation, Penn Corporate Relocation Services, Soul Community Planet, Trust Me Vodka, 19th Hole, and spinTouch.

It Takes Grit

On April 17, GritCycle hosted a day-long fundraiser that rallied together the Orange County fitness community in a shared goal of supporting Autism Action Month. The event, which included all three GritCycle locations, raised more than $30,000 to help TACA (The Autism Community in Action) continue to build key awareness and acceptance for all families and individuals living with autism in the community.

Event participants, which included the Orange County and Long Beach spin community, small business owners, restaurant owners and partners, and autism advocates, booked more than 550 bike rides for the fundraiser, paying $10 for each booking. Following the all-location rides, GritCycle hosted an alfresco dinner and auction raffle at Bosscat Kitchen and Libations. Lisa Ackerman, founder, TACA, and Jon Gray, owner and president, GritCycle, spoke on their personal experiences with autism. Attendees enjoyed bidding on experiences from local sponsors such as David August Couture, Pelican Hill Resort, Harley Laguna Beach, Arc Restaurant Group, August McGregor Lululemon, Zo skin, and more.

Let’s Do This, Together

Think Together’s annual fundraiser, Raise a Hand, was reimagined this year as a virtual experience. The event, held on April 23, drew more 300 guests and raised more than $500,000. The funds are earmarked for student learning recovery programs amid the pandemic.
Medtronic, Crevier Family Foundation, Pimco Foundation and others supported the event as champion sponsors.

“Hosting Raise a Hand virtually allowed us to expand our circle of impact in ways we haven’t been able to do in the past,” said John Lee, executive vice president, Pimco, and board chair, Think Together. “We are able to share and celebrate the meaningful work Think Together is doing to support students no matter where we are.”

At this year’s event, Think Together honored Broadcom with its Champion of Change award, which recognizes an outstanding partner dedicated to changing the odds for kids. When classrooms closed last spring, Broadcom, through its foundation, worked with Think Together to provide an estimated 600 laptops to staff and students at Think Together’s partner schools to support the transition to distance learning.

Think Together presented its Think Legacy award to board veteran Leona Aronoff-Sadacca, president, CEO and owner, Gate City Beverage, who is retiring from the board after 10 years of service.

Funds for Life

Tilly’s 14th Annual Charity Golf Tournament netted nearly $200,000, all of which will be used to support Tilly’s Life Center’s mission to inspire today’s youth to reach their full potential as productive, resilient, and responsible individuals. The sold-out event, themed Tilly Wonka and the Golf Factory, was held April 19 at the Mission Viejo Country Club.

Sun Bum, Huf, Lakai, Primitive, Brixton, Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo, Union Bank, Morgan Stanley and Marsh & McLennan were among the tournament sponsors. In addition, several local vendors provided complimentary food and drinks, including Wahoo’s Fish Taco, Monster Energy, Hint Water, Yogurtland, Trust Me Vodka, Califino Tequila, Archie’s Ice Cream, Bratzermann, Dang Brother Pizza and Tap Truck OC.

Bits & Pieces

On April 28, the Orange County Community Foundation hosted Help Them Home, a collaborative Giving Day designed to combat homelessness in Orange County, with nearly 3,800 donors helping raise a record $2.2 million, surpassing an initial $1 million goal by 116%, which will be used to provide a range of housing, community outreach, education, and supportive services to homeless residents. The Orange County-based nonprofits involved included are American Family Housing, Casa Teresa Inc., City Net, Colette’s Children’s Home Inc., Families Forward, Family Assistance Ministries, Family Promise of Orange County, Friendship Shelter Inc., Grandma’s House of Hope, HomeAid Orange County, Pathways of Hope, Serving People in Need Inc., South County Outreach, StandUp for Kids Orange County, The Salvation Army Orange County, Thomas House Family Shelter, and WISEPlace. … On April 23, more than 60 Orange County participants came together on the courts to play in the 2021 Women’s Pickleball Tournament organized by KidWorks, netting more than $40,000 in support of KidWorks’ College Success Initiative that funds activities like its College Apps Academy, Campus Crash and mentorship program, all designed to support first generation, low-income students on their journey towards college success. … Orange County-based nonprofit Project Access, which provides vital on-site health, education and employment services to families, children, and seniors living in affordable housing communities in 13 states, surpassed the goal of its 2021 March “Pie in the Sky” month-long fundraiser by $23,500, earning a total of $60,000.


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