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CASA Celebration of Children Gala Goes “Back In Time”

Posted by on Mar 28, 2018 in Events, Family, Giving Back, Parenting | 0 comments

  Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County, held their annual Celebration of Children: Black & White Ball, which took place on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at the Pasea Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach. 402 guests were in attendance to support CASA’s mission of serving abused, abandoned, and neglected children in Orange County with a trained and supported volunteer advocate. This year’s Gala had a net of over $1,157,000 and serves as the fourth year in a row that CASA has exceeded in breaking the previous year’s net and surpassing the million dollar threshold. This beautiful and elegant evening was planned by nine of the past gala chairs: Dana Chou, Nancy Eaton, Cathy Morrison, Lourdes Nark, Kay Patel, Urvashi Patel, Brenda St. Hilaire, Wendy Tenebaum and Lauren Wong. Evening festivities were themed “Back in Time” and guests...

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OC Rescue Mission Food Shortage

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in Family, Giving Back, Holiday, Thanksgiving | 0 comments

  As the holidays quickly approach, the OC Rescue Mission is preparing to host its 52nd annual Thanksgiving dinner, which will feed more than 660 homeless families and individuals in the region. Today, the organization has announced an urgent need for food donations from the local community. The Rescue Mission is currently in need of: ENTREES: · 106 whole turkeys · 48 whole hams · 160 pounds of ground pork SIDES: · 200 pounds of potatoes · 360 boxes of stuffing · 80 pounds of cranberries · 120 cans of corn VEGETABLES: · 120 bags of green beans · 100 bags of carrots · 30 pounds of mushrooms · 650 onions EXTRAS: · 90 containers of butter · 24 pounds of garlic · 100 boxes of breadcrumbs · 75 pounds of bacon Anyone wishing to donate any of the...

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Outlets at San Clemente Fundraising Shopping Extravaganza

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

  Outlets at San Clemente is proud to announce its third annual Shopping Extravaganza charity fundraiser on Saturday, October 7, to benefit 38 local nonprofits. During the event, consumers receive exclusive discounts at most stores, while Outlets at San Clemente donates $25 for every $35 ticket purchased to a local nonprofit organization of the shopper’s choice. In 2015, the inaugural event raised $37,465 to benefit 18 local nonprofits. Last year’s event raised $42,150 to benefit 25 local nonprofits. Participating organizations this year include: San Clemente-based organizations The Marine Monument at Park Semper Fi, Su Refugio Ministries, Because I love You – BILY, Shorecliffs Middle School Education Foundation, San Clemente High School Wellness & Prevention Center, San Clemente’s Woman’s Club, San Clemente Village, San Clemente Sunrise Rotary Club, San Clemente Junior Woman’s Club, San Clemente Christian School, Pet Project Foundation,...

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An Auto Manufacturer Deeply Rooted in our Community

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Autos, Family, Giving Back, Kia | 0 comments

 Kia has provided us with a Sorento to drive The reason that I started writing many years ago, was to give back to our community by helping families to learn about fun new ways to create magical memories with their children in Orange County. Along with sharing the best parks, beaches, and dining destinations, it has always been important for me to help support the incredible non-profits in our community that help to make Orange County the best place to live in California. I recently learned that Kia shares the same passion and is deeply rooted in our community by helping to support multiple Orange County non-profits. Kia is a Korean Company, but has their North American headquarters right here in Orange County. They have a beautiful building in Irvine that I’m sure all of you have admired when...

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OC Rescue Mission Family-Friendly Volunteering Days

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

  Looking for opportunities to give back and make an impact on your community? The Orange County Rescue Mission (OC Rescue Mission) is now offering family-friendly volunteer opportunities on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Join the community in making a difference every other Saturday morning, and choose from one of the below volunteer services: Chili Van Outreach – 1st Saturday Each Month Meet at the OC Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope and help load up Chili Vans with hot chili, bread, coffee and juice. Volunteers will follow the Chili Van to a local outreach spot, where hot meals will be shared with homeless individuals. The Village of Hope Campus – 3rd Saturday Each Month Volunteers will meet at the Village of Hope to help the homeless in various ways, including:...

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Artisan Eco-Friendly Jewelry

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Giving Back, Shopping | 0 comments

 Sponsored I love wearing handmade jewelry and supporting local artisans. Recently, one of my friends was wearing a beautiful piece of jewelry, and when I looked at the website where she purchased it, I immediately knew that I wanted to get a beautiful necklace to add to my jewelry collection. The company, Songa, is unlike any other artisan website that I have ordered an item from before. They employ skilled women throughout the country of Rwanda to make jewelry and handbags. They provide the women with skills that they need to create beautiful pieces of art and give them an opportunity to money to help support their families. A great part of the jewelry line is that everything is made with recycled products, and the women receive fair wages for their work that help them to move forward with...

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10th Annual Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Dining, Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

  Montage Laguna Beach, the luxurious five star, five diamond oceanfront Laguna Beach resort, will host the 10th annual Laguna Beach Taste of the Nation For No Kid Hungry event on May 21, 2017. A number of celebrity chefs will come together to prepare fresh farm-to-table delicacies to further Share Our Strength’s mission to end childhood hunger in Orange County and across the nation. Event attendees will enjoy an afternoon of delectable tastings, fine wines, signature cocktails, and picturesque panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean at Montage Laguna Beach. In addition to delicious food and drinks, the event will feature a silent and live auction with live entertainment by the local band, The Kalama Brothers. As contributors to the charity, guests will enjoy the following: Celebrity Chef Tasting and VIP “Meet the Chefs” After Party | 2:00 p.m. –...

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OC Rescue Mission Faces Food Shortage

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

  As homelessness continues to rise throughout Orange County, the Orange County Rescue Mission is in dire need of food supplies. The nonprofit organization is urgently seeking the community’s help to provide more than 33,600 canned and boxed food items, which will help to feed 400 local families in need each month for six months. “Hunger is an epidemic that is spreading right here in our community,” says Jim Palmer, President of the Orange County Rescue Mission, who explains that the homeless population in Orange County continues to increase significantly year after year. “Homelessness increased by 20 percent from 2013 to 2015, and the need continues to grow. Ensuring that these men, women and children have enough food to eat is a priority for all of us,” says Palmer. Donated food items will be shared with local families through...

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Tips for Invisalign Teen Hygiene

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Family, Giving Back, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 5 comments

  “I am a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board and my son has received complimentary treatment.” Ever since my son started high school, he has been struggling with his Invisalign hygiene. He leaves early in the morning, comes home late at night, and then dives into a homework before falling asleep. I’ve noticed that his trays have started to yellow, and even have a little bit of an unpleasant scent. Once I noticed this, I talked to his orthodontist about how he can take better care of his Invisalign trays. Set Reminders on your teenager’s cell phone I set reminders on my son’s cellphone to remind him to take out his Invisalign trays and thoroughly brush his teeth and trays three times a day. Since he leaves for school at 6 am, this has been extremely helpful...

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2016 CASA Holiday Luncheon

Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

  Friends of CASA, a fundraising auxiliary of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), hosted its 2016 Holiday Luncheon on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at The Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point. The Luncheon and Fashion Show proved a hard ticket to come by as the event was sold out prior to invitations even hitting mailboxes. This year’s event netted more than $344,000 that will go directly to supporting CASA’s mission of recruiting, training, and supervising community volunteers who mentor and advocate for children in the foster care system. Top Tier Diamond Starfish Sponsors of this event included Barclay Butera Interiors and Lugano Diamonds. The sophisticated yet modern event was co-chaired by Molly Jolly and Kimberly DeLamar Matties, who were assisted by a team of over 60 members from the Friends of CASA auxiliary group, which is led by Interim...

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Frontier Communications Twelve Days of Giving

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Christmas, Family, Giveaways, Giving Back, Holiday, Tech | 0 comments

 Sponsored What do you love about the holidays? We love to spend the holidays giving back. Tis’ the season for giving. Frontier Communications is giving back to the community this holiday season with their Twelve Days of Giving Sweepstakes. They are giving back to local charities and customers from now until December 21st on their Instagram page. Every day during the sweepstakes, Frontier Communications will announce a different prize and charitable contribution, on their website, and on their Instagram page. Then consumers are encouraged to enter the sweepstakes by sharing a picture on Instagram of ‘what you love about the holidays.’ In the Instagram post, make sure to include the hashtags #Frontier #12daysofgiving and #Sweeps – don’t forget to tag @FrontierSoCal. Once you’ve shared your picture on Instagram, then complete the Twelve Days of Giving Sweepstakes entry form. Then...

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OC Rescue Mission in Need of Holiday Gifts

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

  The Orange County Rescue Mission is in need of over 750 gifts this holiday season for formerly homeless families living at the Village of Hope in Tustin. Donated gifts will be given to men, women and children during the organization’s annual “Magic at the Mission” event, taking place on Saturday, December 17th. “This season is about giving and bringing joy to others, and with the community’s help we can ensure that every child is able to experience the magic of the holidays.” Orange County Rescue Mission President, Jim Palmer The Orange County Rescue Mission’s Magic at the Mission event features a variety of activities for families, including gift “shopping,” an appearance by Santa Claus, holiday games, and even snow. “There is nothing quite like Magic at the Mission. Seeing a child’s face light up with joy at the...

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OC Rescue Mission Needs Thanksgiving Donations

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Giving Back, Holiday, Thanksgiving | 0 comments

  The Orange County Rescue Mission is preparing for the holiday season and is urgently seeking the community’s help to provide Thanksgiving meal items for the homeless families living at the Village of Hope, the Rescue Mission’s transitional living facility. The organization is seeking over 840 pounds of turkey and ham, 800 pounds of vegetables, several desserts and more to provide a Thanksgiving to remember for formerly homeless men, women and children. Several of the families who currently live at the Village of Hope have never experienced a traditional Thanksgiving meal, while others reminisce on the times when they were once able to gather around their own table to enjoy a festive meal. The Orange County Rescue Mission is asking the local community to donate specific food items, including: ENTREES: · 106 whole turkeys · 48 whole hams ·...

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Donate Your Costume’s to Homeless OC Children

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Family, Giving Back, Halloween | 0 comments

  The Orange County Rescue Mission is urgently seeking the community’s help to provide nearly 100 Halloween costumes for its record number of homeless children living at the Village of Hope, the Rescue Mission’s transitional living facility. Orange County Rescue Mission President Jim Palmer explains that many of these children have experienced traumatic life events that children their age should never have to encounter, which is why creating opportunities to be social and enjoy a common interest among other children their age is crucial to their well-being and development. The Orange County Rescue Mission is seeking a total of 93 different costumes and up to 500lbs of candy for the upcoming “Trunk or Treat” community event being organized by Mission Bible Church, and taking place on Monday, October 31 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Rescue Mission....

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Tickets Available for Luau at the Disneyland Hotel

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

  Families are invited to a special Luau at the Disneyland Hotel Adventure Lawn in support of Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) CHOC Walk. The event will take place on Saturday, October 29th from 2pm to 6pm. This special Polynesian-themed event for the whole family will be the perfect way to celebrate the day before the CHOC Walk. The event will feature activities for attendees of all ages, including: *Special photographs with Disney® characters *Tattoos by Kaman’s Art Shoppe *Ambassadors’ silent auction *Delicious luau-inspired dinner *Authentic Polynesian entertainment with special appearances by Tupua Productions, Loa Greyson, Jerome Grey, Halau Hula Lani Ola and “Auntie” and an exciting finale featuring world-famous Polynesian fire dancers! Guests will also enjoy a dash of Disney magic with a special visit from artist Jimmy Mulligan. This year’s master of ceremony will be KTLA’s...

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Story Angels Bridges the Gap Between Generations

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Culture, Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

 Sponsored The Story Angels project is part of the Fullerton School District’s iPersonalize curriculum in Narrative Writing and Listening.  Fifth-grade teacher, Angela Platon, said that when she was young, her grandparents were the best storytellers and she thought that by pairing the younger generation with the seniors from Morningside Retirement Community, it would be a great vessel for the district’s iPersonalize curriculum. 90 fifth grade students from Fullerton School District would work in teams of 4 and be partnered with a senior from Morningside who would share a life-changing story from their past.  The goal of the students would be threefold.  First, the students would meet with their seniors and take notes on their stories. Then  the students would work as a team to ask the appropriate “why’s and how’s” to make sure they knew all the details of the story....

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OC Rescue Mission Diaper Drive

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in Events, Giving Back | 0 comments

  The OC Rescue Mission is in critical need of diapers for its record number of young children living at The Village of Hope, the Rescue Mission’s transitional living facility in Orange County. The nonprofit is urgently seeking help from the local community to provide a total of 22,000 diapers and 32,000 wipes. “We go through approximately 5,500 diapers and 8,000 wipes per month, which can add up very quickly,” says says Orange County Rescue Mission President Jim Palmer. “The 22,000 diapers and 32,000 wipes will help to provide enough of these supplies to last for the next four months or to the end of this year. We rely heavily on the generosity of the local community and without their tremendous support we wouldn’t be able to ensure each and every child is afforded this basic necessity.” Their deepest...

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Supporting CHOC at the Taste of Downtown Disney

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Dining, Disney, Events, Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue We had the pleasure of recently attending the Taste of Downtown Disney in support of the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). It is a lovely event, giving us the opportunity to explore the restaurants of Downtown Disney. It was the 9th annual year for CHOC and Disney; as they combine efforts to create a lovely evening, raising awareness and funds for CHOC and part of the annual CHOC Walk in the Park fundraising campaign. Last year’s CHOC Walk fundraising efforts brought in $2.5 million for the CHOC Children’s Kids’ Care Fund. This special fund provides funding to the programs and services in the greatest need both at the hospital and in the community—from mental health services to an expanded neonatal intensive care unit to care for children and families who...

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OC Rescue Mission Seeks School Supply Donations

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in Family, Giving Back | 0 comments

  Imagine not having fresh new school supplies to start the school year? The OC Rescue Mission is gearing up for another school year and is seeking help from the local community to gather school supplies for the children living at the Village of Hope, the Rescue Mission’s transitional living facility in Orange County. These children attend various schools within the Tustin Unified School District, and it is because of the community’s incredible generosity that we are able to equip these children with the basic necessities to begin the new school year. Currently there are 79 children living at the Village of Hope, and approximately 42 of those children are school-age. The Orange County Rescue Mission is asking the local community to donate items that will provide children with basic “back-to-school” essentials, including: College ruled paper Wide ruled paper...

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How to Find the Best Faith-Based Credit Union

Posted by on Jul 10, 2016 in Family, Giving Back, Hot Topics | 0 comments

 Sponsored Financial Institutions have changed a lot over the years. When I was a child, my mom would go to the bank once a week to deposit checks, get cash, and talk with our local banker. The banker knew all our names, and would always say “hello” when bumping into each other around town. In this day in age, banking has become automated, and a lot of families feel like they have lost that personal connection with their financial institution, making it harder to find a credit union that still makes you feel like they care. When looking for a credit union that has the same personalized feeling like you once had, it is important to find one that has values and supports your faith. A financial institution that won’t treat you like a number and will help your...

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