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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.