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Orange County United Way To Host Women’s Philanthropy Fund Breakfast Virtually With A Q&A With Special Guest Lisa Ling

Orange County United Way to Host Women’s Philanthropy Fund Breakfast Virtually with a Q&A with Special Guest Lisa Ling

Registration now open for virtual event aimed at transforming lives of Orange County families and children in need

Irvine, CA (May 4, 2020) – Orange County United Way will host its annual Women’s Philanthropy Fund Breakfast virtually on May 20, 2021 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., with a Q&A with renowned executive producer, host, and journalist Lisa Ling. As we continue to grapple with COVID-19, vital funds are needed to support Orange County’s most vulnerable families and children facing poverty and housing instability in challenged neighborhoods.

The virtual Breakfast is free to attend.

“The annual Breakfast gives us the opportunity to celebrate the power of philanthropy and the women who are leading the charge to change the future for the next generation,” said Susan B. Parks, president and CEO of Orange County United Way, and one of the Founding Members of the Women’s Philanthropy Fund. “At Orange County United Way, our mission is to improve lives and provide equal opportunity for all. This has never been more evident than in the last year. I’m blown away by the passion, hands-on involvement, and commitment by so many, who together continue to create long-lasting social and economic change for underserved communities.”

As the event’s celebrity guest, Lisa Ling will participate in a Q&A. Lisa Ling is the executive producer and host of This is Life with Lisa Ling on CNN. For five seasons prior, Ling executive produced and hosted Our America on OWN: the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Lisa got her start in journalism as a correspondent for Channel One News, where she covered the civil war in Afghanistan at 21 years of age as well as stories in dozens of countries around the world. She later went on to become a co-host of ABC Daytime’s hit show The View, which won its first daytime Emmy during her time at the show. She is also a co-founder of, and a contributor to

This year’s Breakfast will highlight the needs stemming from the pandemic, and how United Way’s Impact Hubs are helping to ensure local families and children can continue to thrive.

Anne Michaelson Yahn, founder of Anne Michaelsen Design and Dilanthi De Alwis, vice president of finance for UPS West Region will serve as this year’s Breakfast co-chairs.

“It’s such an honor to be able to host this year’s Breakfast. After seeing so many families in our community struggle over the course of this last year, we knew we needed to do more to help enrich and enhance the lives of these underserved families and children,” added Michaelson Yahn and De Alwis.

Bank of America and UPS are the Champion Sponsors of this year’s Breakfast. These companies are longtime supporters of the Women’s Philanthropy Fund and United Way’s initiatives to create a brighter Orange County.

Interested parties can register for the event live stream here. If you are not able to join the event, you can still support Orange County United Way’s life-changing initiatives and programs, and make a donation.

To learn more about the Women’s Philanthropy Fund and Orange County United Way, visit or contact Jessica Vanderwell at



Today’s Orange County United Way is doing more for the Education, Health, Housing and Financial Stability of every person in Orange County. More than a fundraiser, we’re hands-on, delivering more than 50 Community Impact programs countywide. We focus on long-term solutions to the most critical interconnected challenges facing local children and families. United Way is doing more to make long-term measurable difference in the lives of children and families right here in Orange County. To learn more or do more with us, visit

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