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Mission Viejo, CA – May 17, 2016 – Frank Talarico, Jr., President and CEO of Goodwill of Orange County, Orange County’s largest nonprofit, will serve as the featured commencement speaker at Saddleback College’s 2016 commencement ceremony on May 24th at 9 a.m.

Talarico, Jr. will address the 1,833 graduates and 1,849 certificate of achievement recipients with a simple message for their next step toward a career: “It is ‘ok’ to do well by doing good.”

He will encourage the graduation class of 2016 to look deeper when selecting a job and find the intersection of passion and the betterment of the world; find a job that does some good in the world and love the outcomes of your work.

Talarico, Jr. will use his experience as CEO at Goodwill as the basis for his speech, highlighting the mission behind the $6 billion international business, putting people facing barriers, such as disabilities or substance abuse, to work.

Note: Email Nicole Morrison at for a copy of his full speech on or after the May 24th ceremony.

About Goodwill of Orange County Since 1924, Goodwill of Orange County has been in the business of helping people who are facing barriers to entering the workforce in a meaningful, fulfilling manner. Founded on the belief that every person should have the opportunity to achieve the independence that work provides, Goodwill is most recognized for being the conduit where donated goods are sold in America’s favorite thrift stores to generate the revenue that provides the services to those who face employment challenges. Celebrating its 90th year in 2014, Goodwill of Orange County has supported hundreds of thousands of Orange County residents since its inception by creating and providing quality training and employment services to empower its program participants to be productive and independent. The nonprofit organization has dozens of programs that support this effort, including the Goodwill Fitness Center, Orange County’s only facility specially designed for people suffering from chronic illnesses and physical disabilities; its global approach to serving veterans and their families, Goodwill of Orange County Tierney Center for Veteran Services, which helps former service members and their families find resources and services to meet and serve their unique needs, including housing, job placement, education, and wellness; and its Assistive Technology Exchange Center (ATEC), which provides access to more than 1,000 state-of-the-art technology devices for children and adults with disabilities. These are just a few of Goodwill of Orange County’s innovative programs that have served those facing barriers in Orange County for the past nine decades. In 2012, Goodwill was named one of Orange County’s Most Trusted Brands. To learn more about Goodwill of Orange County, visit


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Media contact: Nicole Morrison, or (949) 200-6110