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The Crowd: Community works for KidWorks

May 01, 2013|By B.W. Cook
  • Brandon Hancock swings for KidWorks at the inaugural golf classic.
Brandon Hancock swings for KidWorks at the inaugural… (Daily Pilot )

The first annual KidWorks Classic Golf Tournament took over the greens at Aliso Viejo Country Club this week, raising more than $90,000 for the educational enrichment programs of an Orange County organization that impacts the lives of underprivileged youth in significant ways all throughout the year.

KidWorks, led by the super-dedicated Ava Steaffens, joined forces with an impressive list of civic and corporate sponsors supporting the golf tournament in a big way. At the top of the list were Steve Craig and Citadel Outlets, Payday Workforce Solutions, CBRE, Wells Fargo Bank, Paul Capital, Deloitte and Toyota Financial Services, to name only a few.

The impressive list of Orange County businessmen and women took over the greens with a contingent of celebrity players from the world of sports, including Paul McDonald, Brandon Hancock, Thomas Williams, Wayne Cook, Matt Stevens and Laird Hayes.

Super OC philanthropist Sandy Daniels was also front and center for KidWorks, along with the folks from Fletcher Jones Motorcars and Donahue Schriber, who have been a mainstay of support for the organization for many years.

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Share Our Selves held its 20th annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night attracting some 675 guests sampling the exotic and unusual tacos prepared by 23 of the OC's most celebrated chefs. The taco party held at their Costa Mesa headquarters netted over $70,000, which will go to support the SOS Orange Aid Project, which feeds residents of the county at risk of going hungry.

Major sponsors of the Wild & Crazy Taco Night include Taco Bell Corporation, Hoag Hospital Foundation, Bob and Anne Cress, Frome Family Foundation, Thompson Family Foundation and Dr. Richard and Sandra Haskell, to name only a few. Committee members deserving praise include Elizabeth Evans, Karen McGlinn, Cindy Tuch, Julie Larson, Minnie Ballard, Gaye Besler, Sheri Blackwood, Shannon Burns, Lynn Gosselin, Helen Kinsey, Katie Santore and Debbie Springer.

The multitalented Lee Healy invited the culinary world of Orange County to an elegant spring luncheon in the private dining room of Pinot Provence at the Westin South Coast Plaza. The first-class affair was a celebration of the publication of the Spring/Summer 2013 issue of the OC's Taste Magazine, sponsored by South Coast Plaza, which has become a culinary bible of sorts for dining on the California Riviera.

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