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Irvine-based Team Kids raises more than $100,000

The fifth annual Imagine event, held May 23 at Il Fornaio in Irvine, drew 450 attendees.

By Kristen SchottPublished: May 28, 2010 01:59 PM

Irvine-based nonprofit Team Kids raised more than $100,000 during its fifth annual Imagine event, which was held May 23 at Il Fornaio in Irvine.

Some 450 attendees descended upon the fundraiser, which featured, among other items, a live auction with the grand prize of a personal tour of Oakley's Foothill Ranch headquarters, and a helicopter and tank ride with CEO Colin Baden.

Irvine investor and Team Kids Board member Mike Cupps garnered the prize, with the high bid of $6,500.

"From a business standpoint, Team Kids is an incredible investment," said Cupps. "All the funds raised by children – 100 percent – are given away. Every dollar I give to Team Kids helps a kid raise another $5 to benefit several other nonprofits."

Team Kids provides service programs in elementary schools and the community through partnerships with local public safety agencies and schools.

In addition, Dr. Gwen Gross, Irvine Unified School District superintendent, received the Team Kids Spirit Award for her dedication to supporting youth and helping them make a positive impact in their community.

“It’s all about the kids,” said Julie Hudash, Team Kids founder and CEO. “The Imagine fundraiser honors our nine years of innovative community and business partnerships, and invites us to imagine what is possible when we see the needs of others through the eyes of a child.”

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