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Honda helps Big Brothers Big Sisters raise $522,000 at annual gala

The organization’s 47th Annual Gourmet Dinner will raise money for its mentoring programs

By Morgan WardPublished: November 22, 2011 12:15 PM

Big Brother David Fanous with Little Brother Jose
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County’s 47th Annual Gourmet Dinner earlier this month raised more than $544,000 for the mentoring program. More than 360 guests attended the black tie gala presented by Honda at the Balboa Bay Club. The funds will go towards the organization’s one-on-one mentoring programs for children in need of positive role models in their lives.

Highlights of this year’s event included a live auction, scotch tasting, opportunities to win various prizes and a martini bar. Wine was provided courtesy of Layer Cake Wines, and Title Sponsors included the Anaheim Ducks and Honda Center, Farmers & Merchants Bank, Auction.com, the Albert J. Crosson Family and the Share our Wine Foundation.

Tim Ryan, executive vice president and COO for the Anaheim Ducks and president and CEO of Anaheim Arena Management, LLC, was presented with the Joel K. Rubenstein Award and was honored for his more than11 years of support for the children of Orange County.

Since Ernest Coulter founded the program in 1904, studies have proven that a mentor that invests their time with an “at-risk” child and provides them with the support they need reduces the child’s risk of using drugs or alcohol, dropping out of school, and becoming violent, among many other things.

“The Gourmet Dinner is a longstanding tradition and a fundraising event that is critical in raising funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters, allowing us to serve more of Orange County’s most vulnerable children - children of single, low-income and incarcerated parents,” said Keith Rhodes, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County. “Thanks to all of our generous supporters of this event, these young people can look forward to brighter futures.”

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