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Western Digital Workers Raise $1M for OC United Way

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Western Digital Corp. employees raised $1 million for Orange County United Way through the nonprofit’s annual workplace campaign.

The Irvine-based technology company is the first company to reach this milestone in 14 years, according to OC United Way.

More than 1,000 companies in OC participated in the workplace campaign, which allows workers to donate through payroll deductions.

Special Olympics Gets $100K

The William and Sue Gross Family Foun-dation gave $100,000 to Special Olympics Southern California in Long Beach.

The donation will go to the School Partnership Program, a sports-training service for younger athletes with special needs. Bill Gross is the cofounder and co-chief investment officer of Newport Beach-based Pacific Investment Management Co.

Mustaches for Movember Foundation

Irvine-based Hanley Investment Group Real Estate Advisors raised $13,000 for prostate cancer awareness by growing mustaches for sponsorships.

Proceeds go to the Movember Foundation and its partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Livestrong Foundation. The Movember Foundation is an international organization with U.S. headquarters in Venice.

Laura’s House Website Launch

Ladera Ranch-based Laura’s House has launched a new website to help prevent dating abuse: laurashouse.org/lhteen. The site was funded by a Verizon Wireless HopeLine grant.

Charity Classic

The recently renovated Center Club in Costa Mesa, part of the Dallas-based ClubCorp chain of clubs, is holding an open house for its annual philanthropic event, as well as a grand reopening of the club.

The ClubCorp Charity Classic on Jan. 31 will pay tribute to the club’s founder, Henry Segerstrom.

Jerry Mandel’s Swinging the Standards Jazz Band will perform.

Orange County School of the Arts’ Montage! will also perform.

Power-Packed Philanthropist

The Orange County Community Foundation honored longtime volunteer Mary Lou Shattuck with the Power-Packed Philanthropy Award.

The Newport Beach-based foundation launched the award in 2007 to honor individuals whose philanthropic efforts have significantly impacted their community.

The foundation also gave Shattuck $500 to give to the nonprofit of her choice, which she gave to the Alzheimer’s Family Services Center in Huntington Beach.

Shattuck serves on the Alzheimer’s Family Services Center’s board and has volunteered for the organization for many years.

Shattuck has volunteered for other Orange County nonprofits including Spin, the Huntington Beach Art Center Foundation, Olive Crest, Waggin’ Trails Rescue Foundation and the Arcs Foundation.

Human Options’ Honorees

Irvine-based Human Options Inc. recently honored Laguna Beach residents Karen and Jon Jaffe with the Spirit of Philanthropy award at the organization’s recent annual meeting, held at Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach.

The annual award recognizes an individual or business each year for commitment to end the cycle of domestic violence.

Help for LB Orgs

The Laguna Beach Community Foundation granted $94,900 to 25 Laguna Beach nonprofits.

Georgia Andersen sponsored the 2012 Annual Grants Program announcement, held at Hotel Laguna.

Organizations receiving grants included the Laguna Beach High School Scholarship Foundation, the Laguna Ocean Foundation and No Square Theater, among many others.

The grants were made available through donors, including W.L. Lyons Brown III, Donnie Crevier, Susie and Jim Jaqua, John L. Campbell Insurance Agency, Newport Beach Book Club in memory of Sue Gilbert, and the Massen Greene Foundation.

$10K for Leadership Development

The Bandai Foundation granted Girl Scouts of Orange County $10,000 to support leadership development programs for girls.

Cypress-based Bandai America Inc. manufactures and licenses toys such as the Power Rangers and ThunderCats.

Toys for Tots

Foothill Ranch-based Kaiser Aluminum Corp., including Chief Executive Jack Hockema, presented $16,000 worth of toys to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

The company matched employee donations.

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