Families Forward exceeded its $100,000 fundraising goal for the Orange County Community Foundation’s “Help Them Home” campaign, a collaborative Giving Day designed to combat homelessness and its impact on the Orange County community. The $161,000 raised by Families Forward will support a variety of services that it offers, including supportive services to help families achieve economic stability, bags of food for families in need, emergency housing for families in crisis and giving families the tools to recover from crisis and maintain stability, to name a few.
More than 395 donors participated, including a $20,000 match commitment from Pacific Premier Bank. In addition, the Families Forward board of directors gave a $25,000 match, and an anonymous donor stepped forward with a $5,000 match commitment.
The Help Them Home campaign took place online over 24-hours on April 28 and raised, in total, more than $2.1 million. Twenty Orange County-based nonprofits participated in the event.
United to Help Teens
More than 200 supporters of Laura’s House united on June 4 at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach at the sixth annual Brighter Futures Luncheon. The in-person event was held outdoors and highlighted the prevention work being done in the community to educate youth about healthy relationships.
Laura’s House raised nearly $100,000 to support its mission to inspire hope, empower change and help end domestic violence.
Keynote speakers included Dr. Daniel Amen and Tana Amen, founders, Amen Clinics and New York Times best-selling authors.
Sponsors included Lily Pulitzer; Tana Amen, who donated 200 signed books; Nolet Spirits; Aviso Legal Group LLP; Garnett Powers & Associates; R.D. Olson Development; Redfin and Sloane Street Jewelry. Featured designers included: The Hive, Rogers Gardens, Lily Pulitzer, Couture Flowers, Tea Cup Succulents, Portero Services, Hibner Design Group, Sloane Street Jewelry, and Balboa Bay Resort.
Laura’s House also presented Brighter Futures Awards to key individuals, including Tana Amen, who have been committed to helping support and foster healthy relationships and spreading awareness about domestic violence prevention and education.
Helping Students Thrive
Cox Charities has awarded $145,500 in scholarships to 34 students statewide. Cox Charities is the philanthropic arm of Cox Communications and is funded by employee donations, matched by Cox Communications, and overseen by an advisory board of employees who volunteer their time. The donations are used to support the community in the form of scholarships and nonprofit grants.
“The class of 2021 Cox Scholars are exceptional in their resiliency and adaptability due to the pandemic and excelled in their commitments to their communities,” said Sam Attisha, senior vice president and region manager, Cox Communications, California. “What an amazing group of hard-working students and community innovators. Cox is a company founded by a teacher and on the principle of continued innovation, and we are proud to help these students thrive.”
Invested in Kids
In April, Talonvest Capital Inc. received The Orange County Ronald McDonald House Top Corporate Fund-Raising Award for the 2021 Walk for Kids event. This is the seventh consecutive year Talonvest has received this honor.
The 2021 Orange County Virtual Walk for Kids raised more $204,000, which will directly impact the House’s goal to create an environment where children and their families embrace life and healing with a sense of hope, enthusiasm, courage, and joy. The Talonvest team was responsible for raising over $62,000 of the total. In addition, the team has volunteered time serving dinner to families staying in the house and annually sponsors a guest room at the Orange County Ronald McDonald House, which allows all the families that stay in the room throughout the year to do so free of charge.
“When we founded Talonvest, we committed to allocating a percentage of our revenues toward charities we are passionate about,” said Tom Sherlock, principal, Talonvest. “The Ronald McDonald House has made a personal impact on members of our company, and we are proud to support the organization in providing support for children and families in need.”
Bits & Pieces
Orange County’s Credit Union, in partnership with Federal Home Loan Bank, donated $30,000 to help support CHOC’s Intensive Outpatient Program, a mental health program for teens with moderate to severe symptoms of anxiety, depression and other related mental health conditions. … Veteran Builders, its mission to give as many veterans employment within their firm as possible, was chosen out of more than a dozen competing general contractors to remodel the Seaview Estate in San Clemente, including completely changing the layout of the house to create a more open floor plan, modernize all finishes, and add 172 square feet. … The Sundt Foundation awarded $5,200 in grants to two Orange County nonprofits during its current giving round to support area charities that support disadvantaged children and families.