Irvine Philanthropists to Be Honored at National Philanthropy Day Orange County
Roosters Foundation of Orange County, Margie Wakeham, Haskell & White LLP, and Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, of Irvine, to be recognized for their philanthropic impact in the community
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Media Contact: Jess Block – JessBlockPR@gmail.com – 909-706-8525
IRVINE, CA— For their philanthropic impact to Orange County, Roosters Foundation of Orange County, Margie Wakeham, Haskell & White LLP and Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, all of Irvine, will be honored at the 28th annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon, presented by Orange County Register, to be held Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at a new location, the Hyatt Regency Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road in Irvine, CA.
Roosters Foundation of Orange County will be honored with the Outstanding Philanthropic Group award, Wakeham with the Outstanding Founder award, Haskell & White LLP with the Outstanding Mid-Size Business, and Edwards Lifesciences Corporation with the Outstanding Large Business award.
Produced by the Orange County Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, National Philanthropy Day Orange County has become the most prominent philanthropic recognition event in Orange County, with over 1000 honorees since its inception in 1986 including honors in past years for OC philanthropists Donald Bren, Doug Freeman, Marion Knott, Henry and Susan Samueli, Henry Segerstrom, Sebastian Paul and Marybelle Musco and Bruno Serato.
The 2013 National Philanthropy Day Orange County Awards Luncheon, with the theme “Giving is Always in Season” will award honorees onstage with a video tribute and a custom piece of art glass in the shape of a heart, created by local Laguna Beach artist John Barber.
Joann Leatherby, the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Outstanding Honoree, will serve as the Honorary Chair. Outstanding Honorees are selected through a thoughtful and thorough judging process, with over 150 nominations considered by an impartial judging panel comprised of community leaders and past honorees.
National Philanthropy Day Orange County is presented by the Orange County Register with 2013 marking the 25th anniversary of the Orange County Register’s event sponsorship.
Media Instructions: Members of the media are invited to attend the National Philanthropy Day Orange County awards luncheon, including the Media/VIP reception from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. to interview Outstanding Honorees and with advance RSVP, seats will be provided to attending media at the press table. Self-parking and valet parking are available with validation provided at the press lunch table.
For media inquiries, contact:
- Jess Block, NPDOC Publicist, at 909-706-8525, JessBlockPR@gmail.com
- Sheri Nazaroff, NPDOC Event Co-Chair, at 714-628-7266, Nazaroff@chapman.edu
- Kristine Peters, NPDOC Event Co-Chair, at 714-423-8301, Kpeters@kinshipcenter.org
ABOUT NATIONAL PHILANTHROPY DAY: National Philanthropy Day Orange County honors those who have demonstrated philanthropy and enhanced their communities and the world. Each year more than 100 Association of Fundraising Professionals chapters throughout the US and Canada honor the philanthropic efforts of individuals, businesses, and groups. Net proceeds of the event support the ethical advancement of philanthropy in the community by the Orange County Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. More than 800 guests attended the luncheon in 2012. http://www.npdoc.org
2013 IRVINE OUTSTANDING HONOREES:
OUTSTANDING PHILANTHROPIC GROUP
Roosters Foundation of Orange County, Irvine
Nominated by: Devil Pups Youth Program for America, Friendly Center, Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County
*Dedicated to assisting disadvantaged children in Orange County through donations of over $229,000 to 28 charities in 2013 to better the lives and futures of OC’s youngest residents
*Comprised of approximately 100 professional men of diverse backgrounds throughout Orange County, the Roosters Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a heart for the needs of disadvantaged children, having awarded 28 charities with $229,000 in 2013 alone, to better the lives and improve the futures of at-risk children. For 36 years since their inception in 1977, Roosters Foundation has supported schools, youth advocacy programs, child abuse prevention centers, shelters, children’s art organizations, boxing clubs and other community organizations. In 2008, Roosters Foundation began supporting Friendly Center’s “Success for All,” a free academic tutoring program for children and youth. Roosters has given $72,000 to the program and committed $56,000 for the 2013-2014 year, for a total of $128,000,enabling the program to grow to serve 450 students annually and expand from two sites to six sites. Roosters Foundation members also volunteer with Friendly Center’s Mobile Pantry program, having helped to distribute over 8,000 pounds of food to 200 low-income families and their children. Through collaboration with the Second Harvest Food Bank, Roosters Foundation has helped to feed tens of thousands of children and their families. In 2012, the Roosters’ Annual Holiday Food Drive at the Food Bank warehouse brought together more than 400 volunteers of all ages, including Roosters members, families, friends and military members, to sort 60,000 pounds of food and pack 3,000 boxes with traditional holiday meals for over 32,000 Orange County residents in need. Roosters’ food distribution and fundraising efforts in 2012 benefitted 65 nonprofits that all focus on the needs of disadvantaged youth and children. The organization raises their charitable funds through signature events such as the Orange County Food and Wine Celebration and Golfing for Kids charity golf tournament. Raising hundreds of thousands of dollars each year for those in need, the generosity, dedication and coordination of this group of businessmen philanthropists continues to make a significant impact to disadvantaged children and youth in Orange County.
Margie Wakeham, Families Forward, Irvine
Nominated by: Families Forward, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Orange County Community Foundation, Orange County United Way
*Families Forward has served over 20,000 Orange County families and children over the last 29 years through Wakeham’s philanthropic leadership
*Margie Wakeham serves not just as Executive Director of Families Forward, but as the visionary leader, engaging and inspiring thousands of individuals, businesses, foundations and government entities to get involved, resulting in donations of millions of dollars, products, services, and tens of thousands of volunteer hours to provide homeless or near homeless families with programs that support them as they regain, or maintain, self-sufficiency. Through her leadership efforts, Families Forward has grown from a small group of volunteers to a large organization providing vital safety-net services to 8,400 children and adults in 2012. Prior to her work at Families Forward, Wakeham began 17 years of service as a member of the Irvine Unified School District Board. Her enthusiasm for addressing and resolving community needs and issues has a proven track record of inspiring others to action. Wakeham has ensured that Families Forward engages in and embraces significant community involvement through extensive outreach to schools, nonprofit organizations, faith and community groups, businesses, service organizations and cities, with the goal to partner and build collaborations to assist families in financial crisis. Pastor Ryan Warne-McGraw of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church says of the organization, “I have every confidence that the people we refer to Families Forward will be served by caring staff and receive excellent services.” The dedicated volunteers of Families Forward are integral to the organization’s work, providing over 16,000 hours of service on-site in 2012, including conducting 117 food drives. Donors’ response to outreach by Families Forward resulted in more than 2,000 charitable gifts last year, with gifts and grants ranging from $5 to $250,000 and totaling over $2,107,000. In addition, in-kind donations of food, furnishings, supplies, and professional services from hundreds of supporters exceeded $1,000,000 last year. Families Forward is recognized as a nonprofit leader in serving homeless families, with program outcomes of over 80% of families in two housing programs remaining stably housed. Designated as a 4 Star Charity by Charity Navigator, placing Families Forward in the top 14% of charities nationwide, the organization has served more than 20,000 Orange County families, children and their parents over the last 29 years. Wakeham’s efforts and the efforts of those she has engaged and involved continue to move even more families forward every day.
OUTSTANDING MID-SIZE CORPORATION OR BUSINESS
Haskell & White LLP, Irvine
Nominated by: America On Track, Arts Orange County, Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana, Child Abuse Prevention Center, Discovery Science Center, Irvine Barclay Theatre, Laura’s House, Orange County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Orange County Business Journal, South Coast Repertory, The Laguna Playhouse, The Wooden Floor
*Making philanthropy a part of business culture through firmwide giving, volunteerism and leadership
*As one of Orange County’s largest locally owned accounting and consulting firms, Haskell & White LLP has made a significant and positive impact to many areas of need throughout Orange County including health, safety, arts and education. The partners and staff of Haskell & White share a commitment to the community that is central to their corporate culture, not just through giving, but through taking meaningful action, inspiring and educating others to get involved. For the past 10 years, Haskell & White’s support of America On Track has helped the nonprofit to serve the most disadvantaged children and families throughout Orange County. Haskell & White Partner Patrick Ross has served on the nonprofit’s Board of Directors since 2003, currently holding the position of Chairman of the Board, and his work helps vulnerable children in difficult situations, including those who live in impoverished areas, high crime gang areas, and the over 20,000 children of prisoners in Orange County. Additionally, for the past six years the firm has selected America On Track as a recipient of their Casual for a Cause program, where every Friday their partners and employees donate $5 or $10 for dressing down in the office, with proceeds donated to local charities. In total, the firm has donated in excess of $150,000 on an annual basis along with many hours of volunteer time. Taking it a step further, Haskell & White recently developed a ‘how to’ memo regarding the logistics of their Casual for a Cause program to motivate others to act charitably and to implement similar programs. Continued firm support for children includes a commitment to the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana, with support beginning over 20 years ago and since raising over $225,000 for the Club and the children it serves. Managing Partner Wayne Pinnell is currently the Club’s Board President, but firm employees also support the Club, including volunteering for the annual Thanksgiving Dinner, serving over 1,200 meals to families, and during Christmas at the Club, which brings 1,500 gifts to children of neighborhoods served by the Club. Pinnell is also a founding Board Member of Laura’s House, a comprehensive domestic violence agency. In January 2011, Pinnell became the Chair of the Laura’s House Cornerstone Capital Campaign, a $4.5M fundraising initiative to rebuild and expand the Laura’s House Emergency Shelter, and to purchase a facility for their Step Ahead transitional living program. Supporters of the arts, Haskell & White Founding Partner David White II is an Emeritus Board Member at Arts Orange County, and currently Partner-in-Charge Rick Smetanka is President of Arts Orange County, continuing the firm’s legacy of volunteerism and giving to the organization. Today, Haskell & White remains one of the largest corporate donors to Arts Orange County. The Irvine Barclay Theatre is another arts recipient of Haskell & White’s philanthropy, being a client of the firm since 2000 and receiving a significant portion of their fees donated back as cash gifts to the theatre every year for the past 13 years. From a partnership of 14 years with South Coast Repertory, the firm has benefitted tens of thousands of Orange County residents by giving the opportunity to experience live professional theatre at Orange County’s only Tony Award-winning theatre, having underwritten 14 productions at the theatre, among supporting their education and outreach programs. A partner to Susan G. Komen Orange County’s Race for a Cure, Haskell & White helps raise awareness for breast cancer research and prevention, in addition to the firm’s team participating in the annual walk. Pinnell has also served as a Pink Tie Guy since 2010. To create a distinctive promotion of their 2010 Race for the Cure and breast health messages, Pinnell’s 40-foot-long, 12-foot-high RV was converted into “The Pink RV” from July through October 2010, with a corresponding “Pink RV Tour” visiting a variety of high-profile locations, such as Angel Stadium and the Grove of Anaheim. Haskell & White continually demonstrates outstanding giving and stewardship of its organization, making philanthropic engagement in the community a priority for its partners and staff.
OUTSTANDING LARGE CORPORATION OR BUSINESS
Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, Irvine
Nominated by: Project Tomorrow
*With a dedication to health and education, charitable giving exceeds $4.5M worldwide and over $1M in Orange County
*As a global leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring, Edwards Lifesciences has forged its own path as a philanthropic pioneer when it comes to supporting those in need in Orange County and the world. Edwards’s passion to help patients is central to its corporate mission and its employees embrace this mission not only in regard to helping heart patients, but in helping all citizens in need. Edwards Lifesciences’ history began in 1958 when Miles Lowell Edwards partnered with Dr. Albert Starr to develop the world’s first replacement heart valve, a catalyst for developing many life-saving and enhancing technologies that have transformed patient care and kept Edwards at the forefront of innovation. Fifty-five years later, Edwards has a presence in approximately 100 countries with more than 7,800 employees globally and sales of more than $1B. Its corporate office in Irvine is home to more than 2,600 employees, who help to save lives and make a difference in the Orange County community every day. The Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology at the University of California, Irvine was founded in 2007, with a naming endowment gift from Edwards Lifesciences, and opened in 2009 with a mission to stimulate research and training in the cardiovascular field. During the past five years, Edwards Lifesciences has partnered with Project Tomorrow, a national education nonprofit based in Irvine that supports innovative uses of science, math and technology resources. Edwards supports Project Tomorrow’s YouthTEACH2Learn Program for high school students interested in careers in teaching, and its Youth Leadership Summit for Math and Science, an event that supports STEM career exploration for Orange County high school students. Edwards provides financial assistance and generosity of spirit to the programs, making their corporate culture unique. Since 2004, the Edwards Lifesciences Fund has supported health-focused programs and community programs that strengthen the communities where Edwards’s employees live and work. In 2012, the Edwards Lifesciences Fund’s charitable giving exceeded $4.5M worldwide and over $1M in Orange County alone. Also last year, Edwards’s employees coordinated volunteer efforts that assisted charities in Orange County through their “Strengthen Our Community” program, with 269 Edwards’s Orange County employees volunteering a total of 1,099 hours to community activities with: Goodwill of Orange County, Someone Cares Soup Kitchen, American Red Cross: Orange County Chapter, Giving Children Hope, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Project Access, Orange County United Way, Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, Orange County Rescue Mission, Human Options, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, Second Harvest Food Bank, Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center, Project Tomorrow and PBS SoCal. Through grants from the Fund, employee volunteerism, and product donations, Edwards increases access to healthcare and helps community members in difficult circumstances.