Impact for Breakfast
Nearly 700 community, business and philanthropic leaders attended the 20th anniversary of the annual Orange County United Way Women’s Philanthropy Fund Breakfast on May 18.
The event raised nearly $600,000. The funds will support various Orange County United Way program efforts, including its Impact Hubs, which are located at schools and other centers for community life, and serve as a proven model for aiding and producing sustainable outcomes for children and families facing poverty, unemployment and housing stability.
Bank of America, the Masson Family Foundation, and the UPS Foundation were the Champion Sponsors of this year’s event. Melinda Masson, co-founder and CEO, BPM Enterprises LLC, and Trina Norman, Southern California feeder operations manager, UPS, served as this year’s Breakfast co-chairs.
Helen Hunt, celebrity guest and Academy Award-winning actress, addressed attendees during a special Q&A where she shared how she found her purpose in life through acting and philanthropy, advice for her younger self and important lessons that have shaped who she is today.
Additional event sponsors included Edwards Lifesciences Foundation, Disneyland Resort, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Ducommun, Eaton Aerospace, Edison International, Ernst & Young LLP, Orange County Department of Education, Pacific Life Foundation and Wells Fargo.
Haberdashery With Heart
The Gentlemen’s Haberdashery raised a record-breaking $525,000 on April 25 at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach.
The long-running fashion show and luncheon featured 40 of Orange County’s most prominent male executives and community leaders modeling a full range of menswear.
More than 400 guests attended the event, which was themed Generations of Generosity.
Events sponsors included Western National Group; Greenstone Materials Inc.; Sukut Construction LLC; Westar Associates; Aquatic Technologies; Cornerstone Communications; First American Title Insurance Company; Shea Homes; BrightView Landscape Development Inc.; JES Engineering Contractors Inc.; Providence Mission Hospital; RJM Design Group Inc.; Rose, Snyder & Jacobs LLP; McCray Properties LLC; Monarch Environmental; Paskerian Block Martindale & Brinton LLP; Pacific Coast Nursery; and TheoPacific Holdings LLC.
The Haberdashery provides the major funding for the Sacred Heart of Jesus Retreat Center in Santa Ana, which is operated by the Sisters of the Society Devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and guides more than 12,000 people each year in religious and integrity formation and faith development.
“Each year, I am absolutely amazed by the generosity of Orange County’s community, business and philanthropic leaders,” said Tony Moiso, chairman and CEO of land development firm Rancho Mission Viejo LLC and honorary co-chair, Gentlemen’s Haberdashery. “We are all so grateful for their help in raising a record-setting amount this year.”
Unlimited Possibilities held its 2023 Life Without Limits Golf Tournament on April 24, raising over $80,000 for its pediatric therapy center in Santa Ana.
The event was held at the Tijeras Creek Golf Club in Rancho Santa Margarita.
“Last year, we served 3,544 children and families with disabilities across 160 diagnoses through cutting-edge clinical treatments, top-quality care, and affirming family programs,” said Dr. Ramin Baschshi, CEO and president, Unlimited Possibilities. “All of the tournament’s proceeds will help us continue this work and propel our innovative clinical treatment modalities in the pediatric healthcare field forward.”
More than 120 golfers gathered to enjoy golf goodie bags, golf shirts, a putting contest, lunch and refreshments, course competitions, and an online auction featuring items including a Santa Barbara excursion, Newport Beach staycation, MVP Angels tickets and a catered champagne brunch.
The 2023 Life Without Limits Gold Tournament was sponsored by Providence St. Joseph Hospital, KPMG, Acclara, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Starboard Realty Partners, Ram Construction, Argonaut LLC, Kyocera, Marsh and McLennan Insurance Agency, Bud Kuhl Wood Bat Foundation, A Street Partners, Soleil Enterprise, HUB, Westcliff University and others.