On Wednesday, June 29, Goodwill of Orange County hosted its annual Golf Invitational at the renowned Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Coast. It was a warm, sunny day and more than 140 golfers came out to support our annual fundraising event.
The tournament raised more than $152,000 for our Enduring Independence program, a pioneering effort that helps veterans and their families easily transition into civilian life. The Enduring Independence program is a three-pillared program that addresses the spectrum of veteran needs:
- Preparation: Developing the readiness to capitalize on job opportunities sourced by Goodwill Orange County;
- Wellness: Ensuring veterans maintain their service fitness to sustain enduring independence;
- Financial Independence: Making certain that veterans have both the knowledge and financial decision making assets to protect their enduring financial independence.
The evening portion of the Golf Invitational featured a buffet dinner, and both a silent and live auction. Keynote speaker Major General Paul Mock and Goodwill of Orange County employee Andrew Ellis delivered moving speeches during the event discussing how Goodwill of Orange County has positively impacted the lives of veterans in the community and looks to expand those efforts.
Mr. Ellis shared his personal story – from serving in Afghanistan to his transition back to civilian life. Mr. Ellis explained how Goodwill of Orange County has helped him on his journey to employment and how his new role on the Goodwill Veteran Services Team has allowed him to connect and provide opportunities to fellow veterans.
Another highlight of the evening program revealed that Goodwill of Orange County has been selected to receive a $1.6 million grant from America’s Warrior Partnership (AWP) Community Integration to execute a new, integrated approach to serving warriors and their families in Orange County.
Goodwill aims to identify and connect with former soldiers throughout the county and then link them and their families to local resources who provide the direct services they need. AWP CEO Jim Lorraine and Community Manager Anthony Krepps were present at the event as well as Wounded Warrior Project Warriors Sonny Seyedi and Garrett Brooks.
Thank you to Platinum Sponsor, U.S. Bank. We are so grateful for your longtime support of Goodwill of Orange County and this annual event!
Other event sponsors included Wells Fargo Bank, Ad Taxi, First Foundation Bank, Hays Companies, Union Bank, Adorn Premiums, Alert Security, Armstrong and Associates, Easton Pacific, Frome Family Foundation, Grainger, Hillwood Development, KSJG, Kwikset, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, UPS, Rutan & Tucker, SEIA, The Severson Family, Talley & Co., TLG Paving/ GuardTop Paving, Kia Depot, Libre Spirits Company, TMS, Everett Manning Jr. and the Manning Family, 21st Century Spirits Company/ Blue Ice Vodka, Jacqueline DuPont and Marc Carlson and Irvine Cottages, Los Altos Trophy, POMS & Associates, Sign Concepts, ACME, All Star Security, Crevier Family Foundation, Georgia-Pacific, Westpac, and Sherry & Michael Perry.
Live auction item donors included the Resort at Pelican Hill, the Disneyland Resort, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and numerous other local businesses and individuals.
A special shout out to our Golf Committee, Jim Connor, Adam Compton, Josh Ivey, John Kearney and Todd Tripp. It was a fantastic event because of your time and dedication!
Thank you to everyone who participated in the tournament and to everyone who has supported Goodwill of Orange County’s veteran programs. You have made a difference in the lives of people who have barriers to employment, and for that your community thanks you!