IRVINE, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Leaders from many of Orange County’s top real estate companies and financial institutions, in partnership with the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF), will come together on Thursday, April 20, in support of the county’s 130,000 veterans at the 2nd Annual Orange County Real Estate Luncheon. The event will be held at Hotel Irvine from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Last year alone, over $500,000 in grants were awarded to nonprofit organizations serving the critical needs of Orange County veterans.
This year’s luncheon will feature three-time Super Bowl champion and Air Force veteran Chad Hennings. Hennings attended the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he earned numerous athletic and academic honors. He postponed his entry into the NFL to fulfill his commitment to the U.S. Air Force. During his four-year stint with the Air Force, Hennings flew 45 missions, received two aerial achievement medals, a humanitarian award, and outstanding unit award for his actions in the service. After his discharge, Hennings joined the Dallas Cowboys, retiring in 2001 with three Super Bowl rings.
2016 Orange County Real Estate Luncheon Grant Recipients
|Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund||
Grant is supporting the Education and Career Transition Assistance Program, which empowers veterans to succeed in life outside the military by providing assistance with education coordination, as well as direct support to further career, education, and transition goals.
|zero8hundred||Grant is supporting the Military Transition Support Project, enabling them to open an Orange County branch of their highly successful program which began in San Diego. The project matches active duty military members with community partners and provides intensive peer navigation services focused on creating a strategic plan for reintegration into civilian life in Orange County.|
|Volunteers of America||
Grant is supporting the Battle Buddy Bridge (B3) program, which provides transitioning veterans with peer support, including referrals to healthcare providers, employment support, housing, and transportation services.
|UCI Foundation’s Veteran Resource Center||
Grant is supporting UCI’s Veteran Resource Center’s programs, which help to bridge the funding gap between the 36 months of GI education benefits and funding requirements to finish a degree and to help veteran students with emergency expenses such as gas, groceries, books, and other items.
|Cal State Fullerton||Grant is supporting Cal State Fullerton’s Veterans Resource Center, which assists veterans who have exhausted their GI benefits, fund emergency grants, internship stipends, and a student assistant to help veterans with social and academic integration.|
|Vanguard University of Southern California||Grant is supporting the Veteran Student Leadership Development and Career Preparedness Program to support adaptive technologies and pilot a Student Veteran Career preparedness partnership with Saddleback College.|
Grant is supporting Saddleback College’s Veterans Resource Center, which will use grant funds to provide emergency funding and outreach for veterans to achieve their academic goals.
|Irvine Valley College||Grant is supporting Irvine Valley College’s Veterans Resource Center in support of their case management and counseling program while providing emergency grants to veterans when necessary to help them achieve their academic and professional goals.|
|Goodwill Industries of Orange County’s Tierney Center for Veterans Services||Grant is supporting the Tierney Center program, which focuses on supporting the transitioning veteran with the goal of financial independence for the veteran and their family. The Tierney Center will identify and enroll OC Veterans into a central database and provide facilitated referrals and case management as needed to meet the need of veterans and their families.|
|Easter Seals So. Ca.-Bob Hope Veterans Support Program||Grant is supporting the Bob Hope Veterans Support Program to assist veterans in their transition back to civilian life through peer navigation, case management, and referral strategies to provide assessment, employment services, and holistic support.|
About Orange County Real Estate Luncheon
The 2nd Annual Orange County Real Estate Luncheon’s presenting sponsor is Bank of America. Founding sponsors include CBRE, Craig Realty Group, Donahue Schriber, Fidelity National Title, KBS, Lyon Living, Mark IV Capital and Rancho Mission Viejo. To attend the luncheon or become a sponsor, please visit www.oc-cf.org/2017OCRELuncheon.
About Orange County Community Foundation
Founded in 1989, the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) works with donors to strengthen the local nonprofit sector and find solutions to community needs. Since its inception, OCCF has awarded more than $425 million in grants and scholarships and ranks among the top 10 percent in asset size among more than 750 U.S. community foundations. For more information, visit oc-cf.org or call (949) 553-4202.