OC's Top Philanthropists Announced for 28th Annual National Philanthropy Day Orange County

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IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Orange County's top philanthropists, business leaders and individuals will be honored at the 28th annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon, presented by Orange County Register, on November 21, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road in Irvine, CA.

Produced by the Orange County Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, National Philanthropy Day Orange County has become the most prominent philanthropic recognition event in Orange County, with over 1000 honorees since its inception in 1986.

The 2013 National Philanthropy Day Orange County outstanding honorees include:

OUTSTANDING PHILANTHROPIST
Victoria Collins, Ph.D., CFP, Corona Del Mar
*Committed to educating and inspiring the next generation of female leaders

OUTSTANDING PHILANTHROPIC GROUP
Roosters Foundation of Orange County, Irvine
*Dedicated to assisting disadvantaged children in Orange County through donations of over $229,000 to 28 charities in 2013 to better the lives and futures of OC's youngest residents

OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER FUNDRAISER
Mary Lynn Coffee, Tustin
*Passionate about providing educational opportunities to those in need, helping THINK Together increase from serving 2,000 OC children in 2003 to over 100,000 children statewide

OUTSTANDING FOUNDER
Margie Wakeham, Families Forward, Irvine
*Families Forward has served over 20,000 Orange County families and children over the last 29 years through Wakeham's philanthropic leadership

OUTSTANDING SMALL CORPORATION OR BUSINESS
Chemers Gallery, Tustin
*Committed to supporting Orange County's nonprofit community, education, and the arts through giving and hosting charitable events

OUTSTANDING MID-SIZE CORPORATION OR BUSINESS
Haskell & White LLP, Irvine
*Making philanthropy a part of business culture through firmwide giving, volunteerism and leadership

OUTSTANDING LARGE CORPORATION OR BUSINESS
Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, Irvine
*With a dedication to health and education, charitable giving exceeds $4.5M worldwide and over $1M in Orange County

OUTSTANDING YOUTH
Natalie Cernius, Friday Night Club, Newport Beach
*Dedicated to providing those with special needs a rare opportunity for much needed social, recreational time with typical peers in a safe, accepting environment

The 2013 National Philanthropy Day Orange County Awards Luncheon will award honorees onstage with a video tribute and a custom piece of art glass in the shape of a heart.

National Philanthropy Day Orange County is presented by the Orange County Register with 2013 marking the 25th anniversary of the Orange County Register's event sponsorship.

Public information:
http://www.npdoc.org
949-436-2939
office@afpoc.org

ABOUT NATIONAL PHILANTHROPY DAY: National Philanthropy Day Orange County honors those who have demonstrated philanthropy and enhanced their communities and the world. Each year more than 100 Association of Fundraising Professionals chapters throughout the US and Canada honor the philanthropic efforts of individuals, businesses, and groups. Net proceeds of the event support the ethical advancement of philanthropy in the community by the Orange County Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. More than 800 guests attended the luncheon in 2012. http://www.npdoc.org

CONTACT: For media inquiries, contact: Jess Block, NPDOC Publicist, at 909-706-8525, JessBlockPR@gmail.com

Source: National Philanthropy Day Orange County