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Orange Catholic Foundation's annual conference recognizes local business leaders

Community-centered corporations to be commended by Orange-based organization

by Jennifer OckPublished: April 16, 2012 08:15 AM

Bishop Tod Brown, leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange County, will honor several of Orange County’s business leaders for their commitment to ethical practices at the Orange Catholic Foundation’s 10th annual Conference on Business and Ethics.

Randy Redwitz, president of Robert R. Redwitz & Co., and Frank Kavanaugh, managing partner at Fort Ashford Holdings, LLC, will receive the Foundation’s prestigious Bishop Tod D. Brown Award for Exemplary Business Integrity. This accolade distinguishes honorees’ business accomplishments and personal commitment to ethical practices.
 
“The importance of ethical business practices has been on dramatic display over the past several years as our collective economic future has been placed in jeopardy by the actions of a self-interested few,” Bishop Brown said. “Our honorees have risen to prominence in their respective fields without cost to their faith or personal integrity. They have demonstrated that holding true to the values of fairness and honesty can be a gateway to success and not a hindrance; they serve as an inspiration for others.”
 
This year’s Conference will also unveil two inaugural awards. To mark the Conference’s 10th anniversary, Farmers & Merchants Bank will receive the first-ever Corporate Stewardship Award for its ongoing support to community programs and educational initiatives throughout Orange County and Long Beach. In addition, the first-ever Community Impact Award will be presented to restaurant proprietor and 2011 CNN Hero, Bruno Serato. Owner and chef of the noted Anaheim White House Restaurant, Serato has been carrying on his award-winning program, serving dinners to underprivileged children at the local Boys & Girls Club every night for more than six years.

The annual Conference on Business and Ethics is an integral component of the Orange Catholic Foundation’s overall mission to provide a permanent source of endowment funds for religious and educational purposes, foster planned giving, and encourage the practice of Christian stewardship.

The half-day event is also an important fundraiser for Catholic education in the diocese. All proceeds will go towards Catholic education and render tuition assistance allowing financially disadvantaged families the opportunity to obtain a quality Catholic education.
 
The ceremony will be held at the Irvine Marriott on Wednesday, April 18, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
 

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