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We’re All in this Together

Girls Inc. of Orange County held its Better Together luncheon via livestream on June 4, raising more than $375,000. The event was co-chaired by Janet Michels, a board member of Costa Mesa’s Girls Inc. and Chef Jamie Gwen.

Proceeds will fund the organization’s essential programming and resources that focus on STEM, financial literacy, sound body image, healthy relationships, and college and career readiness.

Sponsors of the event included Disneyland Resort, Kaiser Permanente of Orange County, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, Motive Energy, Northern Trust, Union Bank, U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management, BJ’s Restaurants, Deloitte, Troutman Pepper, Kitchen Table Marketing, Orange County Department of Education, Chef Jamie Gwen & Lana Sills, Ralphs/Kroger, and The Dawson Difference.

The event included a curated, hand-delivered lunch for guests to enjoy from home. The “Sponsor A Girl” fundraising opportunity raised $100,000 on its own in less than 10 minutes. Viewers bid on different sponsorship levels from $25,000 to $150 to help young girls in a variety of ways, including fund a full year of SMART (science, math, and relevant technology) Girls programs for 50 girls, online college essay writing classes and coaching, and 12 college applications.

Fabulous Fandango

Pacific Symphony presented “Fandango: An Evening in Early California” on June 12 at Oso Viejo Park in Mission Viejo. The Symphony’s gala honored Richard Kaufman’s 30 seasons as principal pops conductor and celebrated Pick Up Stix creators and Zion Enterprises founders Ling and Charlie Zhang for their support of Pacific Symphony.

The sold-out event, attended by more than 350 guests, netted a record $2 million to benefit Pacific Symphony’s education and community engagement programs and artistic programming.

The event’s sponsors included Capital Group, Chapman University, the City of Mission Viejo, East West Bank, Lendistry, Diana Martin Gifts, Merrill Private Wealth Management-Blanchfield Vaicek Group, Regency Air, The Resort at Pelican Hill, University of California, Irvine and US Bank.

Guests at the event enjoyed pre-dinner entertainment that included Mexican folk dance company, Ballet Folklórico de Los Angeles accompanied by Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar.

John Forsyte, president and CEO, Pacific Symphony, thanked the donors who had provided support during the past year, singling out John Tu, co-founder, Kingston Technology, and his wife Mary Tu for providing a million-dollar challenge grant.

Pacific Symphony—performing live for the first time in 15 months—presented an entertaining program of classic and popular favorites under the direction of Carl St. Clair, music director, and Kaufman, the first time both conductors shared the podium.

Swing for Success

Purus Wealth Management was the presenting sponsor for the Waymakers 37th Annual Swing for Kids Charity Golf Tournament, which raised $240,000 to support life changing services in Orange County.

The May 20 tournament was held at Strawberry Farms Golf Club in Irvine and featured a double scramble with more than 215 golfers.

In addition to Purus Wealth Management, sponsors included the Chao Family Foundation; City National Bank; Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Rudd and Romo; AGxano; Johnson G. Andrews CFP; Pacific Western Bank; Signature Bank; and Swinerton.

All golf tournament proceeds directly benefit Waymakers and its programs, which include sheltering homeless, abused and runaway children or those struggling with mental illness; supporting victims of crime and surviving family members as they learn to cope with the aftermath of crime; counseling families and youth through individual group and family therapy, academic support, and job and career readiness.

Remodeling Young Men’s Future

On June 3, Orange County Rescue Mission held the grand opening of its Hope Harbor Rip Tide home, a renovated property and new program that acts as a safe haven for at-risk teen boys who may be experiencing homelessness, unsafe living environments, or criminalization, among other life-altering.

The event also recognized Kemp Bros Construction, Schmitt Contracting, the McMillen Family Foundation and several other companies that donated both financially and in labor hours to the remodel of the Hope Harbor Rip Tide home.

The program, which provides live-in House Parents and full-time supervision of the teens, offers individual and family counseling, mental health care treatment and referrals, academic support, drug and alcohol prevention education, and life enrichment experiences focused on college readiness and independent living skills.

“These teens have experienced difficult situations that can include substance abuse, mental health issues, abuse, bullying, gang exposure, and even suicidal ideation,” said Jim Palmer, president, Orange County Rescue Mission. “It is our mission to provide a safe, structured and loving home where these young men can find solace and focus on healing and restoration.”

Bits & Pieces

The Miracles for Kids annual Back-to-School Baskets of Miracles donation drive, which helps alleviate the financial burden that school supplies often have on low-income families, will be assembled and delivered on July 31 to children of need throughout Orange County. … Through the end of July, Cox Charities will be accepting applications from nonprofit organizations as a part of their annual Community Grants program, which will award a total of $180,000 in grants to nonprofits statewide, with individual grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000. … CREW Orange County, in partnership with Building Block Foundation Fund, raised more than $25,000 at the White Par-Tee on the Links Golf Tournament held at the Tustin Ranch Golf Club on June 4 to support underprivileged youth.

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