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Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 1/26/2015 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Judy Swayne’s dream to create an enduring home for local philanthropy was realized with the founding of the Orange County Community Foundation in 1989, and furthered through her leadership of OCCF over the next ten years. At the same time, her husband Keith was building his family’s company—Case Swayne Co.—into an iconic Orange County business success. When Keith retired after selling his company to BestFoods, he shifted focus to the passion for philanthropy he had shared with Judy throughout their lives together.

Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 1/12/2015 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Each holiday season, Orange County reveals its generous heart through the hundreds of volunteers who serve at homeless shelters, soup kitchens and local nonprofits helping our neighbors in need. It’s an admirable way for individuals and families to connect with our community, and can help teach children the importance of giving back.

Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 1/5/2015 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Living on the streets alone in 2010, 50-something Ellen became an unlikely agent of change in Orange County. The San Clemente High School graduate once lived the typical Orange County dream. Then a diagnosis of cancer turned her life into a nightmare. 

Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 12/15/2014 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Newport Beach mom Danielle grew up in a family of all girls, so when her son, Matthew, didn't click with his preschool classmates, she chalked up his behavior to that of a “goofball” boy. But when the admissions counselor at a private kindergarten denied admission to Matthew saying that he “wasn't quite with us,” Danielle and her husband Dave could no longer ignore his behavioral issues.

Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 11/10/2014 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

At 11, Gabriel Sanchez was already living on the streets. By 12, his attempts at survival had landed him in trouble with the law. By his 18th birthday, he would be incarcerated three times. Those statistics may describe Gabriel on paper, but they don’t come close to telling the story of a child faced with life-and-death decisions, when the hardest thing he should have been facing were his multiplication tables.

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