44 Women for Orangewood hosted its 17th Annual Scholarship Luncheon on June 11, raising more than $160,000 for college scholarships benefitting Orangewood Foundation’s foster youth who are pursuing dreams of higher education. Founded in 1999 by Susan Samueli, who also runs The Samueli Foundation, the group has raised approximately $4 million to support Orangewood’s college scholarship and peer mentor programs.
This year’s event was offered in three different formats: virtually, either individually or virtually with a group, or, for those who chose to sponsor a table, various Orange County restaurants, which hosted private rooms with A/V setups where people could “attend” from the restaurants with their group. Restaurant partners included The Newport Beach Country Club, 501 Park Ave, The Village Inn, Water Grill, The Winery in Tustin and Zov’s.
The luncheon included an online auction, opportunity drawing, special commentary from Chris Simonsen, CEO, Orangewood, and a youth testimonial. The event also featured guest speaker Leigh Anne Tuohy, who was the inspiration for the movie, “The Blind Side.”
For more on Susan and Broadcom co-founder Henry Samueli, see pages 1 and 34.
Illuminating a Vital Need
On June 27, the Illumination Foundation hosted 375 guests at the nonprofit’s eighth annual gala, Illuminate the Night. The sold-out event took place at the private San Juan Capistrano estate of Jacqueline DuPont-Carlson, founder, Assured In-Home Care and Illuminate the Night co-chair and her husband, Marc Carlson, managing director, 3 Points Partners. The event raised more than $1.3 million, the largest amount the nonprofit ever earned. In addition to sustaining the Illumination Foundation’s targeted, interdisciplinary services, the money raised will support the Plumeria Family Emergency House, which is being updated to accommodate homeless children and families with chronic illnesses and physical disabilities.
Guests enjoyed pre-dinner culinary creations, compliments of Chefs Leo and Teresa Razo, Villa Roma/Cambalache; Chef Joseph Tripi, Trevor’s at the Tracks; Chef Amol Agarwal, The Parkestry (JW Marriott Anaheim); Chef Tia Baker, Strong Water; Chef Raul Garcia, The Ranch; Chef Rich Mead, Farmhouse; Chef Jared Cook, Olea/Vine/Ironwood/Sapphire; and Chef Fonzy De Zuniga, Descanso.
Appetizers were followed by dinner donated and prepared by Top Chef Amar Santana, Vaca, Broadway and The Hall Global Eatery at South Coast Plaza. Chef John Park, Toast, prepared the dessert. Singer Marisa Corvo, a former contestant on The Voice, entertained the guests.
Debbie Bickerstaff, president, Bickerstaff Foundation; Glen Bickerstaff, secretary, Bickerstaff Foundation; and The Bascom Group received the Foundation’s Community Champion Awards.
The event also featured a silent and live auction.
Lugano Diamonds, US Storage Centers & Westport Properties, Sperry Equities, The Nahin Group, Briggs Electric, Julie Alai, both the USC Norris and UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Centers, NPV Advisors, The Leeson Group, Main Electric Supply, Andersen, Apollo Electric, City National Bank, CommerceWest Bank, Synder Langston and UBS were among the many sponsors of the 2021 Kure It Cancer Research’s Fourth Annual Rivals Cup golf tournament.
A full contingent of 144 golfers filled out the roster at Pelican Hill Golf Club, with the USC/UCLA rivals theme taking on a new meaning with the new tagline, “USC vs. The World.” In other words, all rivalries were welcome. An awards reception, which drew 200 guests, was held afterwards at Aston Martin Newport Beach.
The event netted $160,000 to support Kure It Cancer Research’s mission statement, “Together We Can Eradicate Cancer.”
Dave Martinson, executive director, Kure It Cancer, addressed the assemblage by announcing that the nonprofit recently reached a major milestone by raising $11 million to fund cancer research. Kure It Cancer funds grants from $50,000 to $250,000, which is typically seed money or startup funding, allowing researchers to launch an idea that may lead to much larger funding from institutions, such as the National Health Institute.
Checks of $150,000 were presented to the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and to the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Virtually Perfect Breakfast
Orange County United Way hosted the 18th Annual Women’s Philanthropy Fund Breakfast virtually on May 20, raising $434,000 to support initiatives targeting poverty and housing instability in challenged neighborhoods in Orange County. More than 900 community leaders tuned in for the event, making it one of the most successful breakfast fundraisers in the county, even with its altered format.
Bank of America and UPS served as Champion Sponsors of this year’s breakfast. These companies are longtime supporters of the Women’s Philanthropy Fund and Orange County United Way initiatives. Additional sponsors included the Owl Foundation, Edison International and Pacific Life.
This year’s breakfast highlighted the acute needs stemming from the pandemic and how United Way is helping to ensure vulnerable families thrive. The success of the breakfast will allow the organization to support more programming, including a much-needed program in South County.
Bits & Pieces
The Salvation Army recently received a gift of $600,000 towards the Center of Hope, presented by Sharon Govern and her grandson Jack Govern, in memory of her late husband Frank Govern, a school teacher. … Girls Inc. of Orange County received a $200,000 in-kind donation by the luxury jewelry brand Tacori, which will serve as memorable gifts to celebrate special milestones the young women served by Girls Inc. … Project Access raised $60,000 through the organization’s annual March “Pie in the Sky” month-long challenge, exceeding its original goal of $36,500.