Welcome our new Olive Crest – Orange County Region Executive Director!

Chief Executive Officer of Olive Crest, Donald Verleur II, announced the appointment of Kerri Dunkelberger as Executive Director of the Orange County region. Kerri comes with 26 years of experience in organizational leadership and on-profit program management. With 24 years of leadership experience at Olive Crest and 2 years as the Executive Director of Bethany Christian Services, Kerri not only brings the highest caliber of expertise, but passion for providing at-risk children with strong, loving families. Kerri holds a dual BA degree in Mass Communications and Business Administration, as well as a Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling.

This appointment fits within Olive Crest’s strategy in achieving the organization’s Vision 2020 to increase its reach to 100,000 more children and families by the year 2020. Tim Bauer will continue in his key role as the Executive Director of Development, working alongside Kerri in building awareness and raising much needed community resources.

Olive Crest Teens Spend a Day on the Lake

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.
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Olive Crest’s Spring Concert Event Rocked at the House of Blues


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!

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Foster Families Are Treated to a Day at Disneyland!

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.

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Tommy Bahama Golf Tournament Raises $145,000 for Olive Crest Programs

Tim TB Comm ChairsThe 16th Annual Tommy Bahama Pacific Coast Classic Golf Tournament was the most successful yet, raising $145,000 to benefit Olive Crest programs and services.

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.