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July 30, 2014

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## Goodwill of Orange County ##

The Beach Boys To Perform At Inaugural Gala Supporting Goodwill Of Orange County

Actor John Stamos Also to Add Star Power at Event

SANTA ANA, Calif. – July 30, 2014 – Legendary rock band The Beach Boys, featuring actor John Stamos as guest drummer, will perform a full-length set at an inaugural beached-themed gala for Goodwill of Orange County, raising funds to help families living with disabilities and other barriers to employment.

The fund-raiser for the social enterprise organization, which helps people secure purpose-filling jobs, is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott in Dana Point, Calif., in a ballroom that boasts a view of the shimmering Pacific Ocean.

The gala also will benefit The Goodwill Fitness Center, the region’s only gym designed for people living with physical disabilities, as well as young veterans transitioning to civilian life.

Goodwill officials expect the gala to sell out quickly and note that sponsorship opportunities abound for the fun, star-studded evening. Top-level sponsors will enjoy a private “sound-check” reception with the Beach Boys. Pre-sales have been strong.

“This year marks our 90th in Orange County, and our anniversary is the perfect reason to start a new tradition of celebrating the hard work and success of our organization,” says Frank Talarico, Jr., president and CEO of Goodwill of Orange County. “We’re grateful for the community’s generosity in supporting Goodwill’s mission through the years.”

Added Talarico: “On Nov. 15, we will come together to network, raise funds and support Goodwill of Orange County’s ongoing efforts to help people living with disabilities and other barriers find employment and become independent. It’s sure to be an amazing night, especially with the beloved, iconic Beach Boys on hand to provide unforgettable entertainment.”

Proceeds will benefit three key Goodwill programs:

* The Goodwill Fitness Center, Orange County’s only completely accessible fitness center designed specifically for people living with physical disabilities or chronic illness
* Enduring Independence, a veteran’s advocacy program that helps young veterans find employment and transition into civilian life
* Assistive Technology Exchange Center (ATEC), a program that helps children and adults living with disabilities reach maximum potential via specialized services and equipment

A timeline highlighting milestones for Orange County and Goodwill over the past 90 years will be on display at the gala, where guests also will have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction featuring luxury items and experiences.

The gala costs $300 per person, with tables for 10 available for $3,000.

Sponsorship levels include Title Sponsor ($50,000), Visionary ($25,000), Presenting ($10,000), Signature ($7,500) and Supporting ($5,000). Presenting Sponsors and above will receive exclusive invitations to meet the Beach Boys before the gala, while higher-level sponsors will receive guest rooms at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott, a tour of Goodwill, specialized Goodwill services for their companies, and numerous other benefits.

For more information about the Goodwill Gala, please contact Goodwill of Orange County at 714.480.3401, or email

To purchase tickets to the gala online, visit

About Goodwill of Orange County
Since 1924, Goodwill of Orange County has been in the business of helping people who are facing barriers to enter the workforce in a meaningful, fulfilling manner. Founded on the belief that every person should have the opportunity to achieve the independence that work provides, Goodwill is most recognized for being the conduit where donated goods are sold in America’s favorite thrift stores to generate the revenue that provides the services to those who face employment challenges. Celebrating its 90th year in 2014, Goodwill of Orange County has supported thousands of Orange County residents since its inception by creating and providing quality training and employment services to empower its program participants to be productive and independent. The nonprofit organization has dozens of programs that support this effort, including the Goodwill Fitness Center, Orange County’s only facility specially designed for people suffering from chronic illnesses and physical disabilities; its veterans’ advocacy program, Enduring Independence, which helps veterans and their families transition to civilian life through the power of work; and its Assistive Technology Exchange Center (ATEC), which provides access to more than 1,000 state-of-the-art technology devices for children and adults with disabilities. These are just a few of Goodwill of Orange County’s innovative programs that have served those facing barriers in Orange County for the past nine decades. In 2012, Goodwill was named one of Orange County’s Most Trusted Brands. To learn more about Goodwill of Orange County, visit