One of the most important social events on the Orange Coast to raise funds that directly affect the lives of disadvantaged young people recently drew 300 generous donors to the Island Hotel, Newport Beach.
An auxiliary of the Orangewood Children's Foundation, 44 Women for Children is a grassroots confederation of local citizens that raises significant funds every year to for college scholarships for foster youth. The recent luncheon, co-chaired by Andrea Casaw and Jessica Wohl, brought in $100,000 net in support of the cause.
The title sponsor of the luncheon was Sunwest Bank, with major support from the Samueli Foundation, the Anaheim Ducks, Doug and Sandi Jackson, Opus Community Foundation, Shirley Pepys and Jaynine Warner. The keynote speaker was actress Melissa Gilbert of "Little House on the Prairie" fame.
"None of us is alone or unique in our suffering, " said Gilbert, who has shared her public struggles with alcoholism and her recent divorce. "People who do this work, helping foster youth through Orangewood, are angels on Earth."