One of the most difficult seasons for our residential kids is summer. During those months, our kids lose a key element of stability; the schedule that comes with school. To help maintain a sense of schedule, Olive Crest looks to our wonderful volunteers and donors to help us provide our teens with positive and fun activities to fill their summer days.
We are so grateful for Portfolio – Express Systems for treating the young men in our residential program to some end-of-summer fun. Our guys spent the day on the lake boating, barbequing, and laughing.
Olive Crest’s annual spring fundraiser, held at the world-famous House of Blues in Anaheim on May 7, boasted a crowd of more than 300 guests passionate about child abuse prevention. Jimmy Wayne, country music star and New York Times bestselling author of Walk to Beautiful, shared his inspirational account of growing up as a foster kid. Mr. Wayne performed for the group, and Olive Crest foster kids shared their stories of transformation in a dramatic stage presentation. More than $200,000 was raised for Olive Crest programs serving at-risk children and families in the Orange County area. Thank you to all our guests, volunteers, committee members, and sponsors who made this event so successful!
For National Foster Awareness Month in May, Olive Crest celebrated by hosting a Foster Family Appreciation Day at Disneyland. All certified foster families from our Orange County, Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Diego areas were invited. There were 177 families welcomed to Disneyland for this special day.
Olive Crest thanks the Tommy Bahama organization for its 16 years of support and assistance in raising more than $1 million. We would also like to thank Chad Sisco and Jill Barnes, managers of the Newport Beach Tommy Bahama restaurant and store, and their staff, as well as Waleska Coffman from the Palm Desert location.
Olive Crest thanks our sponsors, including top sponsor, Jacobus Consulting, our Birdie of Paradise sponsor; and Advertising Sponsor, Farmers & Merchants Bank.
Big Kahuna Sponsors were: 360 International, Arizona Canning Co./The Performance Group, Jimco Sales, Kaiser Permanente, Pepsi, Rutan & Tucker, Snyder’s-Lance/Jack Links, and SoCal Pizza.
Island Cowboy Sponsors were: Farmers & Merchants, HUB International, JP Morgan Chase, Merrill Lynch, Mondelez Global, Rutan & Tucker, Stremicks, United Airlines, and United American Mortgage.
We are grateful for the 155 golfers who participated and afterward celebrated at the awards dinner prepared by Chef Jimmy Chang and his staff.
We also appreciate the dedication of our volunteer planning committee chaired by Olive Crest Trustees Jeff Mathews and Bill Neavel. Their committee included: Anna Murphy-Duehring, Carolyn Zainer, Heidi Gatej, Laura Van Deudekom, and Stephanie Schmitz.