Passion for a Cause

Thursday, November 16th was a day to celebrate ‘Passion for a Cause’ at the National Philanthropy Day luncheon, supported by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The afternoon served its purpose in recognizing the impact philanthropy has on our community and to honor individuals, companies and organizations that have contributed greatly to our community. (more…)

Unleashing the Power of Philanthropy

On Wednesday, November 8th, superheroes unleashed the power of philanthropy at the Orange County Community Foundation’s 2017 Annual Meeting. The superheroes in the room were local philanthropic movers and shakers, which prompted OCCF’s president, Shelley Hoss, to joke “who is watching over Orange County right now?”. (more…)

You Matter | Civic 50 Orange County

On Thursday, October 19th, the Orange County Business Journal in partnership with OneOC recognized the 50 most community-minded companies in Orange County at the inaugural Civic 50 Orange County luncheon. The Civic 50, created in 2012, is a National Initiative of Points of Light and for the first time has been localized for a specific market – right here in Orange County! Companies were nominated and selected based upon four categories within their community initiative programs: investment, institutionalization, integration and impact. The event showcased how companies and employees use their time, skills and resources to get involved within the community and how they exemplify the meaning of superior corporate citizenship. (more…)

Keep in Touch 

Keeping in touch and present in the lives of family and friends can be a challenge. Thank goodness for the ease of apps that show us where a friend may be traveling, where he/she is dining, who just got married, an outfit of the day, and on and on… right? But, how present is that really, and what about those few, such as myself, who choose to not be on social media (except LinkedIn)? Have I lost all my friends? (more…)

Special People

Father's Day

This past Sunday was Father’s Day – a day to celebrate and thank those who play the important role of dad. Last month I gushed about the special feeling I felt when I was wished a happy Mother’s Day for the first time, and this time it was my husband’s first Father’s Day! We are only a few weeks from seeing and holding our little girl, and already we feel the immense love and role of parenthood…without the sleepless nights and diaper changing! (more…)

A Walk on the Bright Side

Back Bay

Two of the many daily blessings I feel living in Orange County are the weather, combined with the variety of outdoor opportunities to get out and be active. Behold Newport Back Bay – pictured above. I walk a small portion (the Back Bay Loop totals 10.5 miles) of this scenic trail at least twice a week and not only has it been my daily form of exercise during pregnancy, but it is my go-to for catching up with a friend through a power walk session, AND getting my daily dog fix in through seeing all the adorable pooches that grace this trail. (more…)

Card for Thought

Cards

This was the first year I was wished a Happy Mother’s Day by friends and family. What a new, special feeling! The picture for this post includes cards I received from my baby shower (Saturday before Mother’s Day) and the adorable golden retriever card (friends know any dog card will fill my heart with joy) is a Mother’s Day card. (more…)

Make a wish!

walk for Wishesss

World Wish Day was on Saturday, April 29th, as was Make-A-Wish of Orange County & the Inland Empire’s annual Walk for Wishes. I began my involvement with Make-A-Wish of Orange County & the Inland Empire as a general volunteer in 2013 and in January 2014 went through training to become a Wish Granter. I have so far granted 11 wishes and 3 currently pending. Through being a Wish Granter and interviewing parents of kids going through life-threatening illnesses and the superhero kids themselves, I have witnessed true strength, joy, resilience, hope and love. (more…)

Spirit of Volunteerism

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This week is National Volunteer Week (April 23-29, 2017)! In celebration of this special week, I, along with around 1,100 Orange County community members, attended OneOC’s annual Spirit of Volunteerism luncheon at the Disneyland Hotel. This event honored volunteers, nonprofits and companies for their contributions within Orange County. (more…)