• January 19, 2020

2020 Game Day

January 19, 2020 | Blog, Game Day

Thank you to all those who attended Project Youth OCBF’s Game Day Fundraiser on January 11, held by our Associate Board under the leadership of 2020 Associate Board President Anthony Modarelli III. A special thanks to Advanced Depositions and Jeff Easton for underwriting the event and hosting Game Day at their fantastic, fun-filled venue. And, of course, we are so appreciative of all our Game Day sponsors. For 49ers fans it was a very exciting day. Tacos and treats were served and free day care was provided, making for an enjoyable time for fans of either team!

Together we were able to raise funds to support Project Youth OCBF’s Higher Education Mentoring Program. On May 12, 28 high school students will be awarded college scholarships and dorm kits to start them on their journey in pursuit of higher education. Proceeds from Game Day will help support these scholarships and college supplies.

  • December 25, 2019

2019 Annual Meeting & Society of Fellows Recognition Reception at First American Corporation

December 25, 2019 | Blog, Events

Thursday, December 12, 2019
Annual Meeting & Society of Fellows Recognition Reception

Master of Ceremonies the Honorable David O. Carter welcomed guests and introduced 2019 Project Youth OCBF President Steve Card. Steve discussed the 2019 launch of our Elevate Educate Empower Comprehensive Campaign--a three-year effort to raise $5 million in new funds and $9 million total with all of our annual funds included. He remarked how fortunate Project Youth OCBF is to have many dedicated volunteers and supporters to help us--most notably our campaign committee chairs, Jim & Linda Skorheim, Patrick & the Honorable Judith Ryan (Ret.), Allan & Cindy Stokke, and Honorary Chairs Ygal & Justice Sheila Prell Sonenshine (Ret.), all tremendously loyal and dedicated couples. 

The event continued with Judge Carter and Steve presenting several awards, beginning with the inaugural Project Youth OCBF Volunteer Excellence Award honoring Ygal & Sheila Sonenshine, who were thanked for their belief in our mission and for their loyal and continual leadership and support. 

Next on the program was the 26th Annual Sammy Award - Project Youth OCBF’s “Sammy” award, which is given each year to a recipient who has contributed to Project Youth in order to assist in best serving the youth and families of Orange County. The “Sammy” is dedicated in loving memory of Robert Samuel Barnes, who was a Project Youth OCBF longtime supporter and friend that contributed greatly to the organization. This year's "Sammy" award recipient, Eric V. Traut, joins a distinguished group of past recipients including: our very first recipient, Robert Samuel Barnes, Don Morrow, Judy Ryan, Ann Andres, John Herklotz, Jane Martin, Ygal and Sheila Sonenshine, Mike Pursell, Bill O’Hare, Michael Maguire, Cindy Stokke, Jim Skorheim, the Santa Ana Police Department, John Hurlbut, Mark Minyard, Carolyn McKitterick, Dennis Ghan, Kyle Kawakami, and last year’s recipient, Bill Grenner. Eric is a longtime supporter and past president of Project Youth, and current member of the Project Youth OCBF Board of Directors. He has diligently supported Project Youth as a volunteer and friend. Each year, he provides a Higher Education Mentoring Program student with a college scholarship, employees a Project SELF intern at his firm, and is always one of, if not the top, fundraiser of Project Youth OCBF’s OC Marathon effort. Eric was presented with the “Sammy” on behalf of Project Youth OCBF, to be congratulated by all on receiving this well-deserved, prestigious honor. 

The final award recipient to be recognized, Maria Solis Martinez, was presented with the Outstanding Community Leadership Award. Maria has been a long-term supporter or the Higher Education Mentoring Program. She began by providing a college dorm kit to one of our graduates back in 2002. Each year she provides up to three college scholarships to Santa Ana high school students in our Higher Education Mentoring Program who have the desire to pursue higher education. We are extremely grateful Maria has chosen our Higher Education Mentoring Program to provide her generous college scholarships and we were very excited to honor her. 

  • October 27, 2019

144 Golfers Participated in 18 Holes of Scramble Golf Raising Funds and Awareness for Project Youth OCBF

October 27, 2019 | Blog, Golf Tournament

Smiles were endless as we raised over $96,000 for Project Youth OCBF at our 23rd Annual John C. Herklotz SHORTSTOP Golf Classic. Without the support and dedication from the players, sponsors and volunteers, this wouldn’t have been possible. Thank you all!

Tournament participants enjoyed a variety of competitions in addition to 18 holes of golf. Activities included a “Hot Shot Cannon”, where participants attempted to launch their golf ball down to the green. Cleveland Golf provided a professional golfer for the day – for a donation, players allowed the pro to hit a tee shot so they could get closer to the hole.

  • August 17, 2019

Rooftop Brewfest – Friday, June 28, 2019

August 17, 2019 | Blog, Rooftop Brewfest

Thank you for coming out to the 7th Annual Rooftop Brewfest Fundraiser. The weather was fantastic, the beer & sliders were delicious and we all had a great time!

We wish to thank our sponsors for all their support, and our Associate Board for all their hard work and hours devoted to helping make your experience more enjoyable. Finally, we wish to thank you, our Brewfest attendees! There would be no Brewfest without you!

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  • January 20, 2019

Game Day – Saturday, January 12, 2019

January 20, 2019 | Blog, Game Day

Each year, the Project Youth OCBF Associate Board hosts a Game Day fundraiser to raise funds for the Higher Education Mentoring Program. The event is held at Advanced Depositions' swanky “Settlement Lounge.” In addition, Advanced Depositions is the official Touchdown Sponsor providing fabulous Game Day food and beverages. This year's event featured the showing of NFL playoff games. Fans supported their teams by sporting their team colors while attendees enjoyed playing ping pong, pool and darts.  Thanks to Advanced Depositions and all Game Day sponsors, as well as participants who purchased tickets and squares, the event raised almost $9,000 for the Higher Education Mentoring Program. Another highlight of the event was the awarding of three Outstanding Mentor Awards to Alonzo Ledezma, Zaira Zavalza and Cythina Vilchis.

  • January 20, 2019

2018 Annual Meeting and 12th Annual Society of Fellows Recognition Reception

January 20, 2019 | Blog, Events

The Honorable David O. Carter – Master of Ceremonies – welcomed guests to Project Youth OCBF’s Annual Meeting and 12th Annual Society of Fellows Recognition Reception on the evening of Thursday, December 13, 2018. He thanked First American Corporation for allowing us to be there to enjoy the beautiful setting. He introduced Parker Kennedy and Garrett Rogers of First American and expressed our gratitude for their loyal support throughout the years and for our relationship with First American, in which we take great pride.

  • May 21, 2018

Project Youth OCBF’s Spring Food & Wine Society Dinner – May 7, 2018

May 21, 2018 | Blog, Food and Wine Society

An ocean view was one of many dazzling features found at the home of Ygal and Sheila Sonenshine, the hosts of this year’s Spring Food & Wine Dinner. Amazing décor, stunning art, elegant table settings, and the warmest of welcomes were experienced at what can only be described as an enchanted evening.

Food & Wine Society members dined on delicious Italian food prepared by Valentino’s - Santa Monica, except for this one evening, Valentino’s came to Laguna Beach. In the splendor of the Sonenshines’ kitchen, magic was created; in the magnificent dining room, that magic was consumed. As if the night could get even better - and it did – the magical food was paired with exquisite wines selected by Wine Cellar Master Ygal Sonenshine from the Project Youth OCBF wine cellar. Ygal educated the group on the wines and had everyone in laughs with his witty remarks. Sheila, too, brought laughter to all with her words, speaking from the heart as she expressed her warmest of welcomes to all who dined at their table. Later that night, wine from the cellar was auctioned to raise funds to support Project Youth OCBF programs.

  • July 2, 2017

Board Member Maria Stearns Continues the “Race” for Charity

July 2, 2017 | Blog, OC Marathon

Maria's Italian Road Race for OCBF Charity

  • January 15, 2017

2016 Annual Meeting & Society of Fellows Recognition Reception

January 15, 2017 | Blog, Events

OCBF’s 2016 Annual Meeting and Society of Fellows Recognition Reception was held on Thursday, December 8, at First American Financial Corporation. It was a great turnout and a wonderful evening for friends and supporters. Judge David O. Carter represented OCBF with pride as master of ceremonies. The event offered an opportunity to reflect on 2016 and recognize the donors, agencies, businesses, and volunteers that make our work possible and successful.

  • August 21, 2016

Update: Catching up with Board Member Maria Stearns

August 21, 2016 | OC Marathon

The following is an update to our February 28 post regarding OCBF board member Maria Stearns' latest fundraising efforts. Notwithstanding a significant injury, Maria successfully completed the Nike Women's Mexico City Half Marathon, yet another achievement in her race to raise funds benefiting the programs of the Orange County Bar Foundation. Thanks again, Maria, for your continued support!

  • February 28, 2016

Catching up with Board Member Maria Stearns

February 28, 2016 | Blog, OC Marathon

The Surf City Half Marathon is an award-winning course, considered one of the best half marathon courses in the country. It is well known for being scenic and flat. Runners come from all over to experience this exhilarating run. It starts along Pacific Coast Highway and passes by the famous Huntington Beach pier. Runners enjoy […]

  • January 26, 2016

Third Annual Game Day Fundraiser

January 26, 2016 | Blog, Game Day

OCBF’s Associate Board hosted its 3rd Annual Game Day Fundraiser on Saturday, January 9, 2016. The event was held at Advanced Depositions’ swanky “Settlement Lounge.” In addition to hosting, Advanced Depositions was the official Quarterback Sponsor, providing fabulous Game Day food and beverages and a photo booth for lasting memories. The event featured the showing […]

  • December 13, 2015

2015 Annual Meeting & Society of Fellows Recognition Reception

December 13, 2015 | Events

On Tuesday, the 8th of December, OCBF held its Annual Meeting and Society of Fellows Recognition Reception at the lovely First American Corporation location, which featured a beautiful holiday setting and amazing food. Masters of Ceremonies Justice David Thompson, along with OCBF’s 2015 President Christopher P. Wesierski, recognized OCBF volunteers and supporters. Several awards were presented, in gratitude for the commitment […]

  • October 9, 2015

2nd Annual Game Day Fiesta

October 9, 2015 | Game Day

On January 10, 2015, the OCBF Associate Board hosted the second annual Game Day Fiesta Fundraiser to benefit the Foundation’s Higher Education Mentoring Program, supporting students’ pursuit of higher education. The event raised over $3,200 and the funds were used to host a special event for our Higher Education Mentoring Program participants.

  • July 21, 2015

What the Food & Wine Society Means to Us

July 21, 2015 | Food and Wine Society

We have been enthusiastic members of the Food & Wine Society for well over ten years.  We always look forward to the dinners – they are a wonderful way to experience the old and new in fine dining in Orange County.  But the best part is learning about and supporting OCBF programs in the company […]

  • July 14, 2015

Thank you to previous Golf Committee Chair Don Morrow

July 14, 2015 | Golf Tournament

A special thank you to Don Morrow, who has dedicated his time to chairing the Golf Tournament Committee for the past 18 years. We greatly appreciate all of the work he has put into making this event possible year after year. Don now hands over the reins to co-chairs Brian Daucher and Jon Skorheim.

  • July 14, 2015

Thank you for attending the 2015 Rooftop Brewfest Fundraiser

July 14, 2015 | Events, Rooftop Brewfest

On Friday, June 5, the Orange County Bar Foundation Associate Board hosted the 2015 Brewfest Fundraiser on the Rooftop Sky Garden at 3161 Michelson Drive, Irvine. It was another successful event, raising over $6,000 for the programs of the Foundation. Over 200 guests enjoyed good company, beer, and a great view while supporting a wonderful […]

  • July 1, 2015

2015 Rooftop Brewfest Fundraiser in Irvine, CA

July 1, 2015 | Events, Rooftop Brewfest

The Orange County Bar Foundation hosts various casual events around town for the purpose of raising awareness and funds for the programs of the Foundation. On Friday, June 5, the OCBF Associate Board will host the 2015 Rooftop Brewfest Fundraiser in Irvine, CA. This event benefits the programs of the Orange County Bar Foundation.

  • May 15, 2015

Maria Stearns of Rutan & Tucker Finishes Marathon

May 15, 2015 | Events, OC Marathon

Your Support Helped Get Me Past The Finish Line & Raise over $7,000! Thank you!!