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Philanthropy

Launching Dreams

The Boeing Company has made a $100,000 grant to Girls Inc. of Orange County.
The grant supports several Girls Inc. of Orange County’s programs including SMART Girls, which focuses on nurturing Girls Inc. of Orange County’s STEM kindergarten through college; Eureka, a middle school summer camp and year-round program aimed at igniting curiosity and passion for STEM subjects; College Bound, which is geared toward high school students and provides essential resources and guidance to navigate the college application process; Girls Meet the Workforce, a high school initiative preparing young women for the transition into the workforce, equipping them with essential skills and knowledge; and Project Accelerate, a program tailored for collegiate students, providing support and resources to excel in higher education and beyond.

Another aspect of this grant is the inaugural Boeing & Girls Inc. Virtual Networking Career Panel. This virtual event will connect high school and collegiate girls from Girls Inc. of Orange County with Boeing professionals, offering valuable insights and guidance to explore various career opportunities and paths within the aerospace industry.

“Forging partnerships with organizations like Girls Inc. and supporting impactful programs helps enable these future leaders in STEM to hone their skills, pursue their dreams, and leverage their passion to launch their dreams,” said Adam Galia, government and community relations specialist, Boeing. “Together, we’re building bridges to a world where every girl can thrive and contribute to shaping the next great technology of tomorrow.”

Best Table in the House

The Saddleback College Foundation and Pascal Culinary Arts Scholarship Program hosted their annual culinary event, Table for Ten, on March 3 at Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel.
The event raised $300,000 to support the Pascal Culinary Arts Scholarship Program at Saddleback College Culinary Arts School. The program creates life-changing financial grants for culinary arts students in Orange County.

Table for Ten showcased more than 40 of Orange and LA counties’ top chefs, each of whom orchestrated and prepared multi-course dinners tableside for tables of 10 guests. Each group of 10 diners enjoyed a meal different from other tables in the room, including wine pairings with each course and individualized, elaborate table décor created by each chef’s restaurant.

Participating chefs and restaurants included Paul Bauer, Renaissance Newport Beach Hotel; Annie Morgan; Backstage-A-Fare; Prabeen Prathapan, Balboa Bay Resort; Kevin Jones, Cannery Newport Beach; Jose Angulo, Descanso Mexican Restaurant; Ben Martinek, Pendry Newport Beach; Ugo Allesina, Prego Restaurant; Bert Agor Jr., Roy’s Restaurants; Lisa Inlow and Pascal Olhats, Saddleback College Culinary Arts School; Peter Moon, Seabutter; Ron Fougeray, Splashes, Surf & Sand Resort; Kyle St. John, The Ranch Laguna Beach; and Yvon Goetz, The Winery Restaurant.

Babcock, Daou, Dierberg, Duckhorn, Earl Stevens Wine, Crown Point, Hi-Time Wine Cellars, JCB Wines, Justin Wines, Levendi Winery, Melville, Martinelli Vineyards, and Munselle Vineyards were among the wineries that provided the wines for dinner.

Before dinner, Table for Ten offered a cocktail reception with samples of various cuisines, wines and craft cocktails. Reception sponsors included Brewery X, Earl Stevens Winery, Golden Eagle Vodka, Hetchy Vodka, Hi-Time Wine Cellars, JCB Wine, Kuiper Belt, Lava Craft Cocktails and Los Sundays Tequila.

Reception chefs included Antonio Cardenas, Cali Dining; Enrique Valenzuela, C’est La Vie; Brooke Cazier, Flaky Apple Pie Co.; Jonathan Perez, Macheen Food Events; Lindsay Smith and Nirvana Kitchen + Pantry.

Table for Ten’s title sponsor was Mary Murfey, CEO and owner, Corning Advisors. Other sponsors included Golden Eagle Vodka, Melissa’s Variety Produce, Moongoat Coffee Roasters, Nestlé Waters, Santa Ana Sweets, Sugar + Grain and Sugared & Spice. Bluedoor Magazine and Chop-It-Up Podcast were the media sponsors.

Revamped and Renewed

California Love Drop, ViewSonic, Spark of Love, and the Huntington Beach Fire Outreach Foundation have come together to update the Boys & Girls Club of Huntington Valley Pacific Life Foundation branch’s education and teen centers.

ViewSonic is donating computer monitors to refresh the Education Center and Teen Center at the Boys & Girls Club and Spark of Love and the Huntington Beach Firefighters Outreach Foundation have contributed new computers.

The club, located on the Golden West College campus, hosted a celebration on Feb. 28 to unveil the new computer equipment. California Love Drop, Wahoo’s Fish Taco, Yogurtland, and Monster Energy donated more than 300 meals for the event.

“We take great pride in our partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley and are even more delighted that we can contribute ViewSonic monitors to their education center,” said Jeff Volpe, president, ViewSonic Americas. “Thanks to the newly revamped education center, these students will have access to cutting-edge technologies benefiting their homework, school projects and gaming experiences.”

Bits & Pieces

Anaheim Family YMCA’s capital campaign, led by the YMCA capital task force, comprised of board members and business leaders including Larry Mandell, Pacific Genesis Inc.; Nicole Provansal, Angels Baseball; Richard Dutch, 3MHealthcare; Victoria Torres, Samueli Foundation, and Brent Finlay, president/CEO, Anaheim Family YMCA, has raised $7.8 million toward its goal of $15 million, which will enable the nonprofit to expand its existing complex to include a new basketball court, multi-purpose space, group-exercise room, pickleball courts, additional parking, sports-performance center, Ducks street hockey rink, and meeting spaces, with construction scheduled to be completed in June 2026.

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