National Philanthropy Day Orange County will take place Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Hyatt Regency Orange County. The event will honor those in Orange County who have gone above and beyond in their philanthropic efforts in the community to help make a difference.
The 2011 Honorees are made up of individuals, philanthropists and business leaders who are being recognized for their outstanding support and service to Orange County.
This year’s Lifetime Achievement award will go to Marybelle and Sebastian Musco of Newport Beach, who have aided education and arts programs for over 50 years in Orange County. Alongside the Muscos, Jim and Sheila Peterson of San Juan Capistrano will receive the Outstanding Philanthropist award for their impact in children’s arts education across California. The HeARTs for Healing Guild of Laguna Niguel will be awarded the Outstanding Philanthropic Group award for their efforts to help those suffering from abuse, illness, and grief through various community art programs.
The Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser award will be awarded to Jackie and Norm Kallan of Newport Beach, who have spent countless hours and dollars volunteering and donating to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, in honor of their daughter who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Mission Viejo High School Athletic Department will be awarded for their efforts in bring awareness to the community about Pediatric Cancer, as well as their fundraisers and donations to the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation. Their contributions as a whole give them the Outstanding Youth Group Award. Shulman Hodges & Bastian LLP of Irvine will also be awarded for their support and donations to the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation with the Outstanding Small Corporation/Business Award.
Kaiser Permanente of Santa Ana will be honored with the Outstanding Large Corporation/Business Award for its commitment to providing low-income families with health care services. The Award for the Outstanding Mid-Size Corporation/Business will go to Trace 3 from Irvine, which matches funds that employees donate to Project HOPE, a program that supports public transportation and education for children living in poverty motels in Orange County. Last but not least, “Woman of the Year” Dr. Marilyn Ditty of Aliso Viejo––a title conferred by the California State Senate––will be awarded Outstanding Founder, for her program Age Well Senior Services, which helps serve and aid the low-to-middle-income seniors in southern Orange County.
The dedication these individuals and businesses have towards bettering Orange County are matched by none, yet encourage the support of those who wish they could do more. All proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the “ethical advancement of philanthropy in the community by the Orange County Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.”
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