‘Tis the season for Irvine giving
There was a buzz in the rock music world recently when the members of Thrice announced they were getting back together. The band was born in Irvine, with members Ed and James Riley Breckenridge graduates of University High School, while Dustin Kensrue and Teppei Teranishi went to Irvine High School.
The four will be honored at the Irvine Public School Foundation’s 2016 Spirit of Excellence Gala on Oct. 22, along with Will Ferrell and the Irvine Company. The 7th Annual Spirit of Excellence Gala is as Irvine centric of a fundraising gala as one can get. It’s presented by FivePoint, honors Irvine citizens and companies and will be held at KIA Motors headquarters in Irvine. Plus, the evening celebrates IPSF’s work enriching the educational experience of each child in every Irvine public school.
September is the start of the social season in Orange County, and that includes Irvine. IPSF got a jump on the September season this past August, joining with Angels Baseball Foundation, along with current and former professional athletes, at the 4th Annual Aces and Athletes Poker Tournament at the Shady Canyon Golf Club. The event raised more than $53,000 to help fund crucial programs for students in need.
Many important OC fundraisers and stylish galas coming up have Irvine connections—some direct, others that only insiders may know. The Mission San Juan Capistrano is the location of the Working Wardrobes “That’s the Spirit” fundraising dinner on Sept. 24, while HomeAid OC’s Doorways for Hope Gala is on Nov. 5 at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach. Both nonprofits do amazing work for individuals and families in need, and both are based in Irvine.
The Second Harvest Food Bank is located in Irvine at the Orange County Great Park—and those who have volunteered there packing boxes of food for the hungry in OC know it. The organization’s major fundraiser of the year is the very stylish Harvesters Fashion Show. It’s held Oct. 6 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts and the fashion show is sponsored by South Coast Plaza. The co-founders of the Harvesters organization are Jill Johnson-Tucker and Jennifer Van Bergh. The dynamic Van Bergh is an executive with City National Bank in (you guessed it) Irvine.
The Natalie’s Wish Fore a Cure Golf Tournament is in Irvine-adjacent Newport Beach on Oct. 17, at Pelican Hill. It’s a fundraiser for the Irvine-based Cystinosis Research Foundation (CRF), that has donated more than $30 million to support crucial scientific and medical research aimed at curing the deadly disease of cystinosis. Some of the most important research toward that end is taking place at UC Irvine. The founders of CRF are Nancy and Jeff Stack (he’s a managing director of Irvine-based Sares-Regis Group), and the Natalie of Natalie’s Wish is their daughter.
The Girl Scouts of Orange County hold their 2016 Celebrate Leadership Gala on Nov. 4 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. One of the deserving female leaders honored at the event will be Lucy Dunn, president and CEO of the Orange County Business Council, which is based in Irvine. ICN urges you to support these and other great causes.