Top Companies Gather in Support of Local Veterans at the 2nd Annual Orange County Real Estate Luncheon

Last year alone, over $500,000 in grants were awarded to nonprofit
organizations serving the critical needs of Orange County veterans

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#OCRELuncheon–Leaders from many of Orange County’s top real estate companies and
financial institutions, in partnership with the Orange County Community
Foundation (OCCF), will come together on Thursday, April 20, in support
of the county’s 130,000 veterans at the 2nd Annual Orange
County Real Estate Luncheon. The event will be held at Hotel Irvine from
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Last year alone, over $500,000 in grants were
awarded to nonprofit organizations serving the critical needs of Orange
County veterans.

This year’s luncheon will feature three-time Super Bowl champion and Air
Force veteran Chad Hennings. Hennings attended the U.S. Air Force
Academy, where he earned numerous athletic and academic honors. He
postponed his entry into the NFL to fulfill his commitment to the U.S.
Air Force. During his four-year stint with the Air Force, Hennings flew
45 missions, received two aerial achievement medals, a humanitarian
award, and outstanding unit award for his actions in the service. After
his discharge, Hennings joined the Dallas Cowboys, retiring in 2001 with
three Super Bowl rings.

2016 Orange County Real Estate Luncheon Grant Recipients

Organization       Program Description
Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund      

Grant is supporting the Education and Career Transition
Assistance Program
, which empowers veterans to succeed in life
outside the military by providing assistance with education
coordination, as well as direct support to further career,
education, and transition goals.

zero8hundred       Grant is supporting the Military Transition Support Project,
enabling them to open an Orange County branch of their highly
successful program which began in San Diego. The project matches
active duty military members with community partners and provides
intensive peer navigation services focused on creating a strategic
plan for reintegration into civilian life in Orange County.
Volunteers of America      

Grant is supporting the Battle Buddy Bridge (B3) program,
which provides transitioning veterans with peer support, including
referrals to healthcare providers, employment support, housing,
and transportation services.

UCI Foundation’s Veteran Resource Center      

Grant is supporting UCI’s Veteran Resource Center’s
programs, which help to bridge the funding gap between the 36
months of GI education benefits and funding requirements to finish
a degree and to help veteran students with emergency expenses such
as gas, groceries, books, and other items.

Cal State Fullerton       Grant is supporting Cal State Fullerton’s Veterans Resource Center,
which assists veterans who have exhausted their GI benefits, fund
emergency grants, internship stipends, and a student assistant to
help veterans with social and academic integration.
Vanguard University of Southern California       Grant is supporting the Veteran Student Leadership Development
and Career Preparedness Program
to support adaptive technologies
and pilot a Student Veteran Career preparedness partnership with
Saddleback College.
Saddleback College      

Grant is supporting Saddleback College’s Veterans Resource
, which will use grant funds to provide emergency
funding and outreach for veterans to achieve their academic goals.

Irvine Valley College       Grant is supporting Irvine Valley College’s Veterans Resource
in support of their case management and counseling
program while providing emergency grants to veterans when necessary
to help them achieve their academic and professional goals.
Goodwill Industries of Orange County’s Tierney Center for
Veterans Services
      Grant is supporting the Tierney Center program, which focuses
on supporting the transitioning veteran with the goal of financial
independence for the veteran and their family. The Tierney Center
will identify and enroll OC Veterans into a central database and
provide facilitated referrals and case management as needed to meet
the need of veterans and their families.
Easter Seals So. Ca.-Bob Hope Veterans Support Program       Grant is supporting the Bob Hope Veterans Support Program to
assist veterans in their transition back to civilian life through
peer navigation, case management, and referral strategies to provide
assessment, employment services, and holistic support.

About Orange County Real Estate Luncheon

The 2nd Annual Orange County Real Estate Luncheon’s
presenting sponsor is Bank of America. Founding sponsors include CBRE,
Craig Realty Group, Donahue Schriber, Fidelity National Title, KBS, Lyon
Living, Mark IV Capital and Rancho Mission Viejo. To attend the luncheon
or become a sponsor, please visit

About Orange County Community Foundation

Founded in 1989, the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) works
with donors to strengthen the local nonprofit sector and find solutions
to community needs. Since its inception, OCCF has awarded more than $425
million in grants and scholarships and ranks among the top 10 percent in
asset size among more than 750 U.S. community foundations. For more
information, visit or call (949) 553-4202.


Donahue Schriber Realty Group
Audrey Yokota Rhoads
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