The 2015 Goodwill Gala, continuing our tradition…
Our second annual Goodwill of Orange County Gala was held on Saturday, November 7 at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott in Dana Point, and raised more than $450,000 to further our mission to help people with barriers find employment and secure purpose-filling jobs!
Funds raised during the sold-out event will benefit three key programs, the Goodwill Tierney Center for Veterans Services, a global approach to serving veterans and their families that helps find resources and services to provide housing, employment training and job placement, educational advancement, and wellness programs; The Goodwill Fitness Center, Orange County’s sole fitness center designed specifically for people living with physical disability or chronic illness; and Goodwill’s Assistive Technology Exchange Center (ATEC), a program that helps children and adults living with disabilities reach maximum potential via specialized services and equipment.
In addition to the more than 550 guests who attended our sold-out Gala, the event was packed with special guests. Actor and OC native, John Stamos joined legendary rock band The Beach Boys as guest artist. Cast-mates from Stamos’s newest shows, “Grandfathered” and “Fuller House,” including Paget Brewster, Kelly Jenrette, Jodie Sweetin, and Emelia and Layla Golfieri also attended the event!
The fun fundraising event featured the inspirational story of Bunk, a Goodwill Program Participant (watch video), a live and silent auction, presentation of the Face of Independence Award to local philanthropists, Tom and Elizabeth Tierney, and an hour-long performance from the Beach Boys and John Stamos. The show closed with the “Grandfathered” and “Fuller House” cast mates taking the stage to sing “Barbara Ann” with the band.
We thank our sponsors:
Visionary Sponsors: Dr. Jacqueline L. DuPont and Marc Carlson, Easton Pacific, Jeff Burch and Hot Ticket Racing, Justin Hodgdon and Drew Netherton and Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, POMS & Associates, The Manning Family, T.M.S. and Libre Spirits.
Signature Sponsor: Chevron
Presenting Sponsors: Armstrong Associates and Hazelrigg Claims, Bank of America, Edison International, Karen and Tom Mauro, Outlets at San Clemente and Craig Realty Group, Rutan and Tucker, LLP, The Severson Family; and Supporting Sponsors: City of Dana Point, Edward Schrum and Care Choices, Ferruzzo and Ferruzzo, LLP, Grant Thornton, Greenberg Gross LLP, Hytron and the Rehling Family, JP Morgan Chase, Kerry Michael Finn and Erin Fukuto, Nancy and Derek Lewis, Pamela and David Moellenhoff, Sara and Jim Sullivan, Union Bank, UPS, U.S. Storage and Westport Properties, Val Cantwell and Waste Management.