Press Room

April 25, 2011

Goodwill Contact:
Katherine Ransom, Marketing & Communications Director
714.547.6308 Ext. 308, via email

## Goodwill of Orange County ##

Goodwill Honors Local Individuals And Businesses

During a breakfast event on April 19, 2011 Goodwill of Orange County started the day by honoring 25 individuals, who have helped the non-profit organization extend its reach in the community. The honorees were comprised of individuals and companies that go the extra mile to support Goodwill’s good work in the community. Local business leaders, advocates and business partners came together from a variety of disciplines united in their passion for Goodwill’s cause to help individuals with disabilities and other barriers achieve their highest levels of personal and economic independence.

“Each person we recognized has a connection to Goodwill that may have started out as a business decision, but they deepened their relationship with Goodwill in a number of ways. Some made introductions to decision –makers, some made their companies more green using our business services and some were purely inspired by the relevance of our mission to create social change. All of them helped us to have a greater impact in the community. Their generous support and enthusiasm for Goodwill is immeasurable,” said Dan Rogers, president and CEO, Goodwill of Orange County.

The event was sponsored by and held at First American Trust, where Goodwill board member Kenneth Peterson, Vice President, Business Development Officer for First American Trust, gave a warm welcome to the guests. Peterson explained that for many years, First American Corporation has employed Goodwill-trained workers and utilized Goodwill’s document destruction services. “Goodwill trained workers don’t think of work as a four-letter word, but rather a three-letter word—fun. Their positive can-do attitude is inspiring for our employees and Goodwill’s top-notch approach to both workforce development and business services make for a great partnership in the community,” said Peterson.

Goodwill honored the following individuals for their service to Goodwill in 2010: Ali Akbarzadeh and Jeffrey Horn Akorn Entertainment; Robert Baird, Saddleback Shredding; Shari Battle, Bank of America; Clayton Chau M.D., Ph.D., OC Health Care Agency Behavior Health; Steve Churm, Churm Media; Alicia Edmunds, Volunteer - Goodwill of Orange County- ATEC Program; John Edwards, Irvine Valley College; MD Ferdous, St. Jude Medical Center; Lisa Fujimoto, Change A Life Foundation; Kurt Golding, Rutan & Tucker; Steve Beazley, OC Fair & Event Center; Gina Homik, Mile Square Golf Course; Ken Kube and Aron Kube College Hunks Hauling; Scott Kutner, City of Santa Ana; Michael Eugene Martell, US Marshall - Ronald Reagan Federal Building and Courthouse; Carol Meyers, Coldwell Banker; Joyce Pando, GSA; Adam Probolsky, Probolsky Research LLC; Larry Sherman, McCormick & Schmick’s; Melanie Salata Fitch, Irrelevant Week; Susan Soria, Orange County Conservation Corporation and Andy Tse, City of Cypress.

Goodwill of Orange County operates 21 retail stores including the online auction site as well as a variety of critical business services. The organization has provided thousands of people with disabilities and other barriers the opportunity to achieve the highest levels of personal and economic independence though competitive employment. Ninety-one cents of every dollar spent is reinvested back into programs and services, earning Goodwill of Orange County a four-star rating from Charity Navigator for organizational efficiency and capacity. Additional information can be found at or by calling 714-547.6308 ext. 352.