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OC's Top Philanthropists Announced for 28th Annual National Philanthropy Day Orange County



OC's Top Philanthropists Announced for 28th Annual National Philanthropy Day
Orange County

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Orange County's top
philanthropists, business leaders and individuals will be honored at the 28th
annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon, presented by Orange County
Register, on November 21, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hyatt
Regency Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road in Irvine, CA.

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.

The 2013 National Philanthropy Day Orange County outstanding honorees include:

OUTSTANDING PHILANTHROPIST
Victoria Collins, Ph.D., CFP, Corona Del Mar
*Committed to educating and inspiring the next generation of female leaders

OUTSTANDING PHILANTHROPIC GROUP
Roosters Foundation of Orange County, Irvine
*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

OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER FUNDRAISER
Mary Lynn Coffee, Tustin
*Passionate about providing educational opportunities to those in need,
helping THINK Together increase from serving 2,000 OC children in 2003 to over
100,000 children statewide

OUTSTANDING FOUNDER
Margie Wakeham, Families Forward, Irvine
*Families Forward has served over 20,000 Orange County families and children
over the last 29 years through Wakeham's philanthropic leadership

OUTSTANDING SMALL CORPORATION OR BUSINESS
Chemers Gallery, Tustin
*Committed to supporting Orange County's nonprofit community, education, and
the arts through giving and hosting charitable events

OUTSTANDING MID-SIZE CORPORATION OR BUSINESS
Haskell & White LLP, Irvine
*Making philanthropy a part of business culture through firmwide giving,
volunteerism and leadership

OUTSTANDING LARGE CORPORATION OR BUSINESS
Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, Irvine
*With a dedication to health and education, charitable giving exceeds $4.5M
worldwide and over $1M in Orange County

OUTSTANDING YOUTH
Natalie Cernius, Friday Night Club, Newport Beach
*Dedicated to providing those with special needs a rare opportunity for much
needed social, recreational time with typical peers in a safe, accepting
environment

The 2013 National Philanthropy Day Orange County Awards Luncheon will award
honorees onstage with a video tribute and a custom piece of art glass in the
shape of a heart.

National Philanthropy Day Orange County is presented by the Orange County
Register with 2013 marking the 25^th anniversary of the Orange County
Register's event sponsorship.

Public information:
http://www.npdoc.org
949-436-2939
office@afpoc.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

CONTACT: For media inquiries, contact:
         Jess Block, NPDOC Publicist, at 909-706-8525,
         JessBlockPR@gmail.com

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