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Are you doing your fair share?

Philanthropy is the lifeblood of nonprofits throughout our community and across the country. Kindness funds help to the homeless and downtrodden; children, who in many cases, would have to do without; medical and health support for so many who are out of other options; and so much more.

Our Spotlight on Philanthropy is designed to show you the inner workings of programs touching our community and, hopefully, encourage you to take a closer look.

Featured Charitable Organization:

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What does the Hoag Hospital Foundation do?

Hoag Hospital Foundation advances the mission of Hoag through meaningful and inspirational philanthropic partnerships. 

What programs does the Foundation’s work support at Hoag?

Hoag Hospital Foundation’s fundraising efforts support every area of Hoag. 

Why should people donate to the Foundation?

Donor support helps Hoag provide exceptional health care to our community and beyond. Philanthropy ensures Hoag remains on the leading edge of medical innovation, maintains the most advanced facilities and technology, and attracts the world’s top clinicians. 

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Flynn A. Andrizzi, Ph.D., president, Hoag Hospital Foundation 

What support opportunities are available?

Donors may direct their gift of any amount to a specific institute or fund supporting a Hoag initiative that best matches their area of interest. Donors also have the opportunity to give to the area of greatest need.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Hoag Hospital Foundation established the COVID-19 Support Fund in the Spring of 2020. The fund supports Hoag in caring for community members affected by the virus as well as the caregivers and staff who are working tirelessly to treat them. To date, generous donors and companies have collectively given more than $8.2 million to the fund. Thanks to this support, Hoag has been well-prepared to meet the challenges of the pandemic and has been a national leader in clinical research efforts to advance treatments and a vaccine. 

How do people give?

Gifts can be made online at www.hoaghospitalfoundation.org, or sent to the Hoag Hospital Foundation at 330 Placentia Ave., Suite 100, Newport Beach, CA 92663. Donors can also connect personally with a Hoag Hospital Foundation staff member by calling 949.764.7217. 

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The annual Christmas Carol Ball draws Hoag supporters, volunteers and friends to the Monarch Beach Resort raising more than $1,000,000 million each year to support Hoag

What are the Foundation’s major fundraisers and when do they take place?

Hoag’s Christmas Carol Ball is a beloved and time-honored tradition, bringing together Hoag donors and friends in festive celebration of the holiday, raising millions of dollars to further Hoag’s mission. Save the date for the 55th Annual Christmas Carol Ball on December 11, 2021. 

Hoag Summer Fest draws approximately 1,500 guests each year to the Newport Dunes for food and beverage tastings from more than 40 of Orange County’s best restaurants with fabulous live entertainment. 

Circle 1000 was founded by Newport Beach resident and breast cancer survivor Sandy Sewell in 1987. She gathered a group of friends and asked them each to contribute $1,000. She also tasked them with asking their own circle of friends to participate. From the powerful bonds of friendship, Circle 1000 has grown to more than 1,000 friends who gather in celebration and support of those affected by cancer at the annual Circle 1000 Founders’ Celebration Brunch.

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A nurse in front of Hoag Hospital Newport Beach

What the community needs to know.

Hoag Hospital Foundation recently completed its first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign. Hoag Promise, Our Campaign to Lead, Innovate & Transform raised more than $760 million, far exceeding the original goal of $627 million. The Hoag Promise Campaign was comprehensive in the truest sense of the word – every Institute, every center, every program and every area of Hoag was touched. Through the Hoag Promise Campaign, generous donors established 19 endowed chairs, funded thousands of employee scholarships, launched new programs and centers, accelerated clinical research, supported the acquisition of groundbreaking technology and equipment, and led to innovative advances in care. 

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Hoag Hospital Newport Beach

Names of the Foundation leadership group

Flynn Andrizzi, Ph.D. – President

Greg Gissendanner – Senior Vice President, Development

Nicole Balsamo – Vice President, Development 

Danna Grant – Vice President, Donor Relations

Adam Gafke – Vice President, Development Operations & Campaigns

Hoag Hospital Foundation Board

Executive Committee

Kathleen Armstrong – Chair

Rick Taketa – Vice Chair

Jerry Jones – Treasurer

Debbie Margolis – Secretary

Flynn Andrizzi, Ph.D. – President, Hoag Hospital Foundation

Directors

Anthony Allen

Victor Assad

Trish Berchtold

Robert T. Braithwaite, President and CEO, Hoag

James O. Buckingham

Benjamin Du

Andy Fimiano

Gary Fudge

Mark A. Hardtke Sr.

Carolyn McKitterick

Steve Muzzy

Aidan A. Raney, M.D., F.A.C.C.

Robert S. Roth

Katherine Shen

Sandi Simon

Diana Sun

Kyle Wescoat

Daniel H. Young

 

Hoag Hospital Foundation

Coufos Family Center for Philanthropy

330 Placentia Ave., Suite 100

Newport Beach, CA 92663

949.764.7217

949.764.7201 (F)

www.hoaghospitalfoundation.org

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Are you doing your fair share?

Philanthropy is the lifeblood of nonprofits throughout our community and across the country. Kindness funds help to the homeless and downtrodden; children, who in many cases, would have to do without; medical and health support for so many who are out of other options; and so much more.

Our Spotlight on Philanthropy is designed to show you the inner workings of programs touching our community and, hopefully, encourage you to take a closer look.

Featured Charitable Organization:

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What does Extraordinary Lives Foundation (ELF) do?

The mission of Extraordinary Lives Foundation (ELF) is to improve children’s mental health and wellness and support families by providing educational tools, resources and awareness events.

ELF encourages adults to recognize symptoms, overcome the stigma and reach out for help. Through prevention, early intervention and holistic treatment, ELF believes many of the big problems facing today’s youth can be transformed within a generation.

There are four primary ways that ELF helps improve the mental health of children and their families:

–Host mental health awareness events.

–Create therapeutic tools for children.

–Provide educational resources for parents, parents to be and teachers.

–Bridge the gap between traditional and holistic healing options.

Mental health affects everyone, at all ages in all walks of life. ELF’s multifaceted approach is particularly focused on children but is designed to also reach families and their communities.

How many people are serviced and who are they?

ELF donates hundreds of Piggie Bear tools to several different children’s nonprofit organizations that serve at-risk youth including Families Forward, CASA, Laura’s House, YMCA, Illumination Foundation, CHOC Children’s Hospital, Camp Pendleton and Strong Families, Strong Children.

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(L-R) Rachel Popplewell, Sapphira Ha Roberson and Mara James when ELF donated 300 “The Power of Piggie Bear” books to Miracles for Kids

What services are available?

Currently, ELF provides The Power of Piggie Bear book and a Piggie Bear stuffed animal to help support children’s emotional wellness. 

The HUGS for Life Healing Center is in the developmental stage and will bridge the gap between medical professionals and accredited holistic healers. The facility will be available to all wishing to seek holistic healing options to conquer their mental health challenges and ELF will raise funds to offer treatment options to low-income children and their families.

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(L-R) Mara James and Crystal Wishart when ELF donated 25 “The Power of Piggie Bear” coloring books to Laura’s House

Why give to ELF?

Now more than ever, children’s mental health challenges are on the rise. Your donation will directly benefit vulnerable children in need and will help increase their emotional intelligence and mental well-being.

How can you give to the ELF? 

Donations are accepted via the nonprofit’s website at www.elfempowers.org and checks can be mailed to ELF, 26800 Crown Valley Parkway, Suite 460, Mission Viejo, CA 92691.

Can someone volunteer? If so, how? What opportunities are available? 

Yes! ELF is always looking for volunteers to assist in outreach, miscellaneous projects and to “high five” attendees at their Mental Health Awareness events.

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ELF donated 50 “The Power of Piggie Bear” books and plush toys to the YMCA. The author Mara James read the book and Kim Gubner sang the “Piggie Bear I am Amazing” song.

Please describe any internal clubs, partnerships, leagues, college programs, etc.

Early Childhood OC, UCI, CHOC Children’s, First 5, United Healthcare and CalOptima.

What are the major fundraisers and when are they?

ELF hosts annual comedy night fundraisers and mental health awareness events. This year the nonprofit is also considering hosting a mental health awareness concert. Dates are TBD as well as virtual or hybrid/in person.

Names of the leadership group

ELF Board Members

Mara James – Founder & CEO

Rachel Popplewell – Vice Chairman 

Martha Bowers – Secretary

Dan Zinn – Treasurer 

Amy Betonte – General Member

Dr. Kevin Alexandar DBH, LPCC – General Member

Damion Young – Attorney

Lauren Perry McVicker – General Member

Jennifer Annes – General Member

Albert Ramos – General Member

ELF Advisory Board Members\

Dr. Kenneth James, M.D. OB/GYN and collaborator

Dr. Adrienne Matros, Psy.D. & Mental Health Advocate

Dr. Brett Patterson, Ph.D. CEU/CME Webinar Presenter

Dr. Lina Ponder, Psy.D. PPS, Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Jessica Borelli, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychological Science, UC Irvine

Sandy Avzaradel, Director, Early Childhood OC, ELF Advisory Board Member and moderator for webinars

Hoda Shawky, NP, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Susan Kenny, CASA Employee and ELF Advisory Board Member

Renata Ururahy, Dietician and Holistic Therapist

Amy Hamilton, Business Adviser

Sheryl Erani, Meeting Planner

Naresh Worlikar, Business Executive 

Randi Johnson, Marketing Consultant

Carrie Cesario, Transpersonal Hypnotherapist

Chris DiFonso, MBA, Finance Professional

ELF

26800 Crown Valley Parkway, Suite 460

Mission Viejo, CA 92691

949.484.9366

www.elfempowers.org

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SPOTLIGHTON

Are you doing your fair share?

Philanthropy is the lifeblood of nonprofits throughout our community and across the country. Kindness funds help to the homeless and downtrodden; children, who in many cases, would have to do without; medical and health support for so many who are out of other options; and so much more.

Our Spotlight on Philanthropy is designed to show you the inner workings of programs touching our community and, hopefully, encourage you to take a closer look.

Featured Charitable Organization:

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What does MOMS Orange County do?

The mission of MOMS Orange County is to help mothers and their families have healthy babies by offering health coordination, education and access to community services.

How do adults/children qualify for services?

MOMS programs are open to expectant couples and families with babies up to 18 months of age who lack resources, support and access to quality healthcare. 

What services are available?

MOMS Orange County offers a variety of health education courses during pregnancy, in-home visits (now done virtually), and post-childbirth classes including breast feeding, group sessions for couples and mommy and me courses to name a few. In addition to promoting a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby, mothers are screened for maternal depression/anxiety and other health issues, as well as lack of food/clothing and other basic needs. Babies are screened for developmental indicators and mothers are coached on promoting their babies’ growth and healthy development. A special class for new dads is also available. MOMS connects families to services and resources in the community. Diapers, baby clothing and maternity items are also provided to at-risk mothers and babies. 

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Infant development includes mommy and me courses (now done virtually)

How many adults/kids does MOMS Orange County impact annually?

5,000 low-income and vulnerable mothers, babies and fathers each year.

Why donate to MOMS Orange County?

MOMS Orange County’s services achieve infant health outcomes in underserved populations that far exceed those throughout the rest of the United States. For example, 94 percent of babies are developmentally on track at program closure. 

MOMS has a deep commitment to sharing the same culture and languages as the families they work with. Research findings suggest that this cultural competency and the strong relationships formed between home visitors and clients contribute significantly to the positive birth outcomes MOMS Orange County achieves.

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An in-home visit (now occurring virtually)

How can you give? 

Visit www.momsorangecounty.org/donate, or call 714.352.3456, ext. 456.

Through Amazon Smile, you can shop online and AmazonSmile will donate 0.5 percent of your eligible purchases to MOMS Orange County. Visit https://org.amazon.com/.

Can someone volunteer? If so, how? What opportunities are available? 

MOMS welcomes volunteers to assist with sorting and organizing donated baby and maternity items to be provided to families in need. Contact Luisa Santa at 714.352.3420. 

Please describe any internal clubs, partnerships, leagues, college programs, etc.

There is a Junior Board of Directors consisting of young professionals and a Steering Committee for MOMS’ annual May fundraising event: Healthy Beginnings, Bright Futures. Additionally, there are periodic advocacy programs that stem from its vision for healthy babies, empowered mothers and strong families throughout Orange County.

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Playtime for parents and infants to interact (now occurring virtually)

What are the major fundraisers and when are they?

MOMS’ major annual fundraiser, Healthy Beginnings Bright Futures, is held every May just prior to Mother’s Day. In 2021, it will be held virtually on May 6.

Names/tiles of the leadership group

Administrative Team

David Lugo – Chief Executive Officer

Andrea Pronk-Dunn – Chief Development Officer

Luisa Santa, MPH – Chief Program Officer

Board of Directors

Sadie Sacks, RN, MSN – President

  Retired, Director

  Regional Perinatal Program, Orange County

David Lagrew, MD – Vice President

  Executive Medical Director

  Women & Children’s Services Institute

  Providence St. Joseph Health

  Southern California Region

Craig Myers – Treasurer

  Healthcare Consultant

Allyson Brooks, MD – Secretary

  Chief Quality Officer, Hoag

  Ginny Ueberroth Executive Medical Director Endowed Chair, Women’s Health Institute

Patricia Bartlett

  Executive Vice President

  The Resmark Companies

Brian Gomez

  President and CEO

  GreenFruit Avocados

Tom Horton

  National Account Manager

  Exagen Inc.

Mark Marten

  Principal, Healthcare Consulting

  Mazars USA LLP

Elenea Medina, MD

  Pediatrician

  Kaiser Permanente

Ellen Olshansky, PhD, RN

  Professor Emerita,

  Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing

  Founding Director,

  UCI Program in Nursing Science

  University of California, Irvine

Davina Samuel

  Director, Branch Manager

  Union Bank

Betha Schnelle

  Chief Operating Officer

  Planned Parenthood Orange and San Bernardino Counties

Anusha Wijeyakumar, MA

  Founder and Director

  Shanti Within

Sasha Yamaguchi

  Regional Vice President

  Cigna Healthcare

Dottie Andrews

  Emeritus Member

  Founding Executive Director

MOMS Orange County

1128 W. Santa Ana Blvd.

Santa Ana, CA 92703

Andrea Pronk-Dunn

Chief Development Officer

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www.momsorangecounty.org

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SPOTLIGHTON

Are you doing your fair share?

Philanthropy is the lifeblood of nonprofits throughout our community and across the country. Kindness funds help to the homeless and downtrodden; children who, in many cases, would have to do without; medical and health support for so many who are out of other options; and so much more.

Our Spotlight on Philanthropy is designed to show you the inner workings of programs touching our community and, hopefully, encourage you to take a closer look.

Featured Charitable Organization:

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What does Meals on Wheels Orange County do?

Meals on Wheels Orange County has been the largest nonprofit senior nutrition and supportive service provider in Orange County for more than 50 years. Currently serving 200,000 meals to more than 7,600 at-risk older adults per month, Meals on Wheels Orange County delivers programs and services that reduce hunger and improve wellness so that seniors may live independently in the homes and communities they love. The nonprofit’s mission is to nourish the wellness, purpose and dignity of seniors and their families in our community.

How do adults qualify for services?

Traditionally, home-delivered meals are intended for homebound older adults age 60-plus who are not able to cook for themselves and meet some additional criteria. Interested individuals should submit an inquiry form online at www.mealsonwheelsoc.org/covid-19-mow-form/ and will then be contacted by a Meals on Wheels OC representative to assess eligibility.

Grab & Go meals are available for pick-up at many local senior and community centers for anyone age 60 and over with proper identification. If individuals are unable to pick up meals on-site themselves, they may have someone pick up meals on their behalf as long as that person has the ID for the individual for whom the meals are intended.

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Due to COVID-19, Meals on Wheels has delivered 200,000 meals to more than 7,600 vulnerable seniors each month

How many adults/kids does Meals on Wheels impact annually?

Meals on Wheels Orange County previously served nearly one million meals to more than 10,000 at-risk older adults each year. However, due to COVID-19 that number has skyrocketed to 200,000 meals to more than 7,600 vulnerable seniors each month.

What services are available?

Meals on Wheels Orange County currently offers two meal programs in Central and North Orange County. Traditional home-delivered Meals on Wheels are delivered to the homes of older adults age 60 and over who are not able to cook for themselves and meet additional criteria. Grab & Go frozen meals are available to anyone age 60 and over for pick-up at local senior and community centers.

Adult Day Services are community-based services that support both the medical and social needs of individuals who are living at home but need daytime assistance for their health and safety. Meals on Wheels Orange County’s two adult day health care centers welcome adults facing challenges with their daily life and physical or mental health that comes with aging, managing a health condition, or a physical limitation. Their person-centered care means they are prepared to handle a range of complex medical conditions and offer nursing care, medication management, physical occupational or speech therapy, counseling, eating assistance and more.

The Buena Park center welcomes those with dementia or with behavioral conditions needing assistance and care in a supervised, caring environment. As a “social program,” this center is primarily aimed at providing social opportunities, recreation, meals and friendship in a safe environment.

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Grab & Go frozen meals are available to anyone age 60 and over for pick-up at local senior and community centers

Why donate to Meals on Wheels?

Thousands of older adults in Orange County have become newly vulnerable due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are unable to safely leave their homes. In September alone, Meals on Wheels served nearly 200,000 meals – the same amount typically served over seven months. Meeting this unprecedented surge in need is only possible through donations. 

How to give to Meals on Wheels?

Donations can be made online at www.mealsonwheelsoc.org, or by mailing a check to 1200 N. Knollwood Circle, Anaheim, CA 92801.

Can I volunteer? If so, how? What opportunities are there?

Volunteer needs are very dynamic and change weekly. They always accept interest forms and will reach out to prospective volunteers as opportunities arise. If you are interested in volunteering, please submit an application at www.mealsonwheelsoc.org/volunteer-sign-up/.

What are Meals on Wheels’ major fundraisers and when do they take place?

Meals on Wheels participates in online fundraisers: Giving Tuesday in November, and a collaborative fundraiser called Preserving Dignity, which usually happens in July. 

The major fundraiser is the annual Senior Care Hero Awards, an Academy Awards-style gala celebrating the organizations and individuals dedicated to serving older adults in the community. Due to COVID-19, the 10th anniversary event was postponed until October 16, 2021. 

As a replacement to the Senior Care Hero Awards this year, Meals on Wheels created a virtual event called Step Up to the Plate, which included a documentary about our community in action during the pandemic.

Locations

While Meals on Wheels operates out of their corporate office in Anaheim, Grab & Go services operate out of various senior and community centers throughout central and north Orange County. View list of locations here: www.mealsonwheelsoc.org/covid-19-lunch-cafe/.

Names of the leadership group

Management Team

Holly Hagler – President and CEO

Darla Olson – Vice President of Advancement

Jane Roth – Chief Financial and Administrative Officer

Gio Corzo – Vice President of Home & Care Services

Board of Directors

Earle Zucht – Board Chair

Scott Heinila – Vice Chair

Stuart M. Moss, MBA – Past Chair

Corey Saenz – Secretary

DeVon Wiens, CPA – Treasurer

Meals on Wheels Orange County

Main office:

1200 N. Knollwood Circle

Anaheim, CA 92801

714.220.0224

www.mealsonwheelsoc.org

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SPOTLIGHTON

Are you doing your fair share?

Philanthropy is the lifeblood of nonprofits throughout our community and across the country. Kindness funds help to the homeless and downtrodden; children, who in many cases, would have to do without; medical and health support for so many who are out of other options; and so much more.

Our Spotlight on Philanthropy is designed to show you the inner workings of programs touching our community and, hopefully, encourage you to take a closer look.

Featured Charitable Organization:

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What does Art & Creativity for Healing (ACFH) do?

Since 2000, the driving mission of ACFH has been to support emotional healing through art and creative expression for those living with pain, grief, fear or stress. ACFH was founded with a vision that the creative process and emotional healing often intersect when words are not adequate, and pain is too deep. 

ACFH assists children, women, men, families and military personnel suffering from the emotional impacts of abuse, illness, grief, fear or stress using their Art4Healing® method. 

Their workshops, designed for non-artists and artists alike, provide expression, encouragement, clarity and insight, and are held at their facility in Laguna Hills, and on-site at hospitals, treatment centers, schools, military facilities, family resource centers, shelters and other nonprofit centers. 

They serve all individuals, regardless of race, creed, sex, age, or emotional stability. 

How many adults/kids does ACFH impact annually?

ACFH provides programs and services for approximately 4,000 Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego county residents each year. 

Why give to ACFH?

From the very beginning, Art & Creativity for Healing has strived to offer their Art4Healing® workshops free of charge to 45+ community partner agencies. They have applied for grants to support these programs and also receive support from foundations and individual donations. Donations are crucial to keep their healing mission thriving and growing. 

Just one workshop or bedside visit can be a life-changing event:

“I healed my loss of a loved one with silence and becoming numb. After taking an Art4Healing® workshop, I feel that I have now healed with love, strength and understanding. I haven’t felt this full since I lost that person until now.”

Whether it is $20 for a Healing Art Box or $50 for a workshop space to any participant you wish to impact, any amount helps strengthen their mission to give pain a voice. 

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This child is delighted to open her Healing Art Box

How to give to ACFH?

Workshops to the 45+ partner agencies are provided free of charge to participants. These workshops include an Art4Healing® Certified Facilitator and art supplies with 10 items needed in order to complete three final paintings. 

The organization also fundraises for the Healing Art Box annual campaign in order to donate 1,500 boxes to the children of the deployed, children in long-term hospital care, children exposed to domestic violence and children whose families are experiencing financial hardship or homelessness. 

Throughout the year, ACFH also contributes to partner agencies and local nonprofits with smaller art bags/projects in order to continue to reach all of their demographics. 

Can I volunteer? 

Yes. ACFH hosts orientations for individuals in the Orange County area to come and learn more about their volunteer program. In the orientation, those who are interested will learn more about the organization and four different volunteer categories. The volunteer requirements include:

–Must attend Art & Creativity for Healing Volunteer Orientation.

–Must be at least 18 years of age.

–Commitment to volunteer at least once every six months.

For more information, visit www.art4healing.org/volunteer/.

What is the ACFH HeARTS for Healing Women’s Guild? 

A compassionate, energetic and creative group of women helping fulfill the mission of Art & Creativity for Healing is the HeARTs for Healing Women’s Guild. Their mission is to be Art for Healing Ambassadors, to support, advocate and fundraise for ACFH in the community. For more information, visit www.art4healing.org/volunteer/.

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A blooming young artist painting his unique creation

What are your major fundraisers and when do they take place?

ACFH hosts an annual Healing Art Box campaign in order to give pain a voice to the underserved and underprivileged children in the community. 

A Healing Art Box is a shoebox filled with 10 brand new art supplies distributed into the hands of children of the deployed military at Camp Pendleton, children whose families are experiencing financial hardship or homelessness, children in long term hospital care and children exposed to domestic violence.

You can coordinate a group to help assemble boxes, help with a Healing Art Box Delivery and Distribution, or start a fundraising page as a leader at www.art4healing.org/artboxes

Names of the leadership group

Administrative Team

Laurie Zagon – Founder & Executive Director

Taylor Arias – Program Manager

Amy D’Urso – Program Coordinator

Board of Directors

Rose Aebig – Founder/Director of Ignite HR Partners

Lino Cambaliza – Partner at LT Cambaliza LLP

Dr. Carolyn Cherie – Psychologist, PsyD

Sherri Elgas – Community Advocate and Speaker

Don Goodwin – Executive Vice President of Goodwin Co.

Dipika Kaur – Counseling Psychologist 

Kyle Rooke – Senior Sales Executive at Robinson Pharma

Kathleen Strukoff – Vice President of AON

Tina Van Dam – Attorney

Laurie Zagon – Founder/Director of Art & Creativity for Healing

Art & Creativity for Healing, Inc.

23011 Moulton Parkway, Suite i-5

Laguna Hills, CA 92653

949.367.1902

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SPOTLIGHTON

Are you doing your fair share?

Philanthropy is the lifeblood of nonprofits throughout our community and across the country. Kindness funds help to the homeless and downtrodden; children who, in many cases, would have to do without; medical and health support for so many who are out of other options; and so much more.

Our Spotlight on Philanthropy is designed to show you the inner workings of programs touching our community and, hopefully, encourage you to take a closer look.

Featured Charitable Organization:

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What does Orangewood do?

Orangewood Foundation was founded in 1981 and today is one of the leading providers of services to foster and community youth in Orange County. Foundation programs focus on four critical areas: health & wellness, housing, life skills & employment, and education. Recognizing that 46 percent of foster youth do not graduate from high school, in August 2013, the Foundation opened Samueli Academy, a free public charter school for community, including underserved and foster, teens and located in Santa Ana. Today, Samueli Academy is a Gold Ribbon School and ranked by US News & World Report among the top 6 percent of high schools in the nation in 2020. Annually, Orangewood Foundation serves 2,200 foster and community youth. Beyond its programs for thousands of youth in our community, Orangewood means “family,” “opportunity” and “hope.” Learn more at www.OrangewoodFoundation.org and www.SamueliAcademy.org.

Why give to Orangewood?

By giving to Orangewood Foundation, YOU are helping prepare teens and young adults in our community to reach their greatest potential. These vulnerable youth come from the foster care system, are experiencing homelessness, or are the victims of sex trafficking. Oftentimes, Orangewood staff are their only source of encouragement, guidance and resources. 

Every contribution, regardless of the gift level, is critically important to the work of the organization. By making a gift, you enable the Foundation to serve even more youth and show them that there are generous individuals in the community who care about their success. Here are some examples:

–$10 buys a bus pass for one of our youth.

–$100 pays for a high school graduation expense.

–$500 pays for a college student’s textbooks for a semester.

–$1,000 pays for a youth’s 1-on-1 weekly therapy session for three months.

How to give to Orangewood?

You can make a general donation to Orangewood Foundation at https://orangewoodfoundation.org/donate-general/, or donate to our COVID Relief Fund at https://orangewoodfoundation.org/covid19. To see our list of in-kind items needed on Amazon, please visit https://orangewoodfoundation.org/help/

How can I volunteer? 

Orangewood offers many volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups. Currently, the Foundation is seeking mentors. More information can be found at the https://orangewoodfoundation.org/mentor flier. The Foundation’s Youth Connected Program is also seeking foster parents for students at Samueli Academy charter school. Details are at https://orangewoodfoundation.org/ycp/.

Other volunteer opportunities, such as volunteering in our onsite kitchen, at events, and in our offices, are currently on hold due to COVID-19. 

What are Orangewood PALS and the 44 Women for Orangewood? 

Orangewood Foundation is fortunate to have the support of two volunteer auxiliary groups. Orangewood PALS is a group of fun, energetic professionals who support the work of the Foundation by hosting events and activities for the youth of Orangewood.

44 Women for Orangewood, founded in 1999 by Susan Samueli, contributes to the Foundation by nurturing, supporting and inspiring adolescents exiting the foster care system, generally from ages 18-21. The group focuses its efforts on three key areas: providing mentoring and education, increasing community awareness about child abuse and neglect, and hosting annual fundraising events.

What is Samueli Academy?

Samueli Academy, a program of Orangewood Foundation, is a charter 7th-12th school in Orange County that serves foster and community youth – especially those who can benefit from the school’s hands-on, project-based teaching approach. Later this year, Samueli Academy will open its new on-campus dorm, fulfilling Orangewood’s original vision of offering foster students stability in both their educational experience and living situation. 

Operations of the dorm will fall under Orangewood’s Youth Connected Program (YCP) and follow an innovative 5/2 model – offering foster students the ability to live in the on-campus dorms Sunday night through Friday afternoon, and with a foster family on weekends. This will provide students with educational and emotional support during the week and consistent family connections on weekends.

What are the major fundraisers and when do they take place?

Due to COVID-19, Orangewood is evaluating each of its events to determine whether to host in-person or virtually. Below is a list of Orangewood’s annual key fundraising events:

–October 29, 2020 – 23rd Annual (virtual) Ambassador Luncheon (open to Ambassador-level donors only)

–March 13-14, 2021 – Athletes First Classic Gala & Golf Tournament

–April 24, 2021 – Orangewood Adventure Challenge

–June 2021 – 17th Annual 44 Women for Orangewood Scholarship Luncheon

–June 24-27, 2021 – Stars & Stripes Tournament (benefits Orangewood and other local children’s charities)

–Date TBA – Anaheim Ducks Center Ice Theme Party

Details can be found at https://orangewoodfoundation.org/events

Names of the leadership group

Chief Executive Officer – Chris Simonsen

Chief Development Officer – Kendra Puryear

Chief Program Officer – Shay Sorrells

Chief Financial Officer – John Luker

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