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Jim Doti To Lead United Way “Rally For Change”

Jim Doti to Lead United Way “Rally for Change”


Orange County’s top corporate supporters will gather in Newport Beach September 8, celebrate community champions, while learning how they can make an even more significant impact in 2017

WHAT: 2016-17 United Way “Rally for Change

WHO: Keynote speaker Jim Doti, outgoing President of Chapman University; Orange County United Way President and CEO Max Gardner; CNBC guest expert Jackie Kelly, Ernst & Young and United Way Board member; Keith Morrison, NBC Dateline Correspondent and United Way Board member (video presentation); Sue Parks, iCount Wellness, United Way Board Chair; John McGrath, VP Quality/Regulatory at Edwards Lifesciences and United Way Board member; and Ian Leisegang, Executive Director, JPMorgan, United Way Board member

WHEN: Thursday, September 8, 2016; 7:30 – 9 a.m.

WHERE: Fairmont Newport Beach, 4800 MacArthur Blvd, Newport Beach, California

WHY: The annual Rally for Change has quickly become one of the most impactful events on Orange County’s corporate and philanthropic calendars. The focus is to inspire and call the local community and business to action, instilling a sense of urgency to make an immediate and lasting impact on the many serious issues facing residents countywide. Attendees will get an update on United Way’s progress thus far in meeting the bold goals laid out in its FACE 2024 community-wide action plan. This 10-year plan, established in 2014, calls for:

  1. Cutting the high school dropout rate in 1/2
  2. Decreasing the percentage of financially unstable families by 25 percent
  3. Increasing the number of healthy youth in Orange County by 1/3 and
  4. Reducing homelessness and housing-insecurity by 1/2 for local children and families

In addition, Orange County’s most generous corporate donors and volunteers will be recognized at the event for their generosity of time, talent and treasure throughout the past year, including the announcement of the 2016 “Dimensions in Giving” Award recipient, won last year by the Automobile Club of Southern California.

For more information about the Rally for Change or Orange County United Way’s FACE 2024 community-wide action plan, please visit the Orange County United Way website.


Katherine Ransom, Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Orange County United Way 949.263.6176, katheriner@unitedwayoc.org

Michael Suydam
21Strat 949.981.5008, mike@21strat.com


Since 1924, Orange County United Way has been working to improve lives and strengthen our community by mobilizing the caring power of Orange County. To do this, we focus on the building blocks for a good quality of life: Education, Income, Health and Housing. By investing in Orange County’s children, families and individuals, we help them meet their most basic human needs, including food, shelter and medical care, while at the same time creating pathways to self-sufficient futures through education and training. In short, we help people help themselves. Through our 10-year initiative “FACE 2024” (an acronym for Fund, Advocate, Collaborate, Educate), United Way is mobilizing local businesses, community organizations, governmental agencies and individuals to make a long-term measurable difference in the lives of Orange County youth and families. Orange County United Way holds a 4-star rating from America’s largest and most-utilized independent charity evaluator, Charity Navigator. To learn more or to join our movement, visit www.unitedwayoc.org.

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