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Event raised funds for veteran programs and featured announcement of major $1.6 million grant from America’s Warrior Partnership

NEWPORT COAST, Calif. – July 6, 2015 – Goodwill of Orange County hosted its annual Goodwill Invitational golf tournament on Monday, June 29 at the renowned and unmatched Pelican Hill Golf Club North Course in Newport Coast. The event raised more than $152,000 to further its mission to help people with barriers find employment and secure purpose-filling jobs.

More than 140 golfers played in the scramble format golf tournament. Major General Paul Mock, retired Army officer and current National Chair of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, and Major General James Comstock, retired Army Deputy to the U.S. Central Command’s Reserve, were also in attendance as special guests. The evening portion of the Golf Invitational featured dinner, a silent auction, a live auction, and keynote presentation from Major General Mock.

A highlight of the evening program revealed that Goodwill of Orange County has been selected to receive a $1.6 million community integration grant from America’s Warrior Partnership “AWP” to execute a new, integrated approach to serving warriors and their families in Orange County. Goodwill is the first in the west to receive this Community Integration funding. Through this grant, Goodwill of Orange County will be the county leader for veterans, active duty warriors, and their families in need of services. Goodwill aims to identify and connect with former soldiers throughout the county and then link them and their families to local resources that provide the direct services they need. AWP CEO Jim Lorraine and Community Manager Anthony Krepps were present at the event as well as Wounded Warrior Project Warriors Sonny Seyedi and Garrett Brooks. This was the first announcement made to the public regarding the grant.

The Goodwill Invitational, presented by long-time Goodwill proponent U.S. Bank, provided the community with an exclusive networking opportunity and the chance to contribute to critical programs designed to support veterans facing barriers to employment and independence.

The proceeds from the event will directly support Goodwill’s Enduring Independence program and the Tierney Center for Veterans Services, a veteran’s advocacy program that helps veterans and their family’s transition into civilian life. With more than 130,000 veterans currently living in Orange County and approximately 6,500 military veterans joining that group each year, there is a huge need for this program in Orange County. Enduring Independence is a three-pillared program that addresses the spectrum of veteran needs, preparation, wellness, and financial independence.

“This year’s Golf Invitational could not have been more successful,” said Frank Talarico, Jr., president and CEO of Goodwill of Orange County. “I want to thank all those who joined us for the event, especially our special guests Major General Paul Mock and Major General James Comstock, and the event chairs for planning such a well organized and memorable afternoon. This tournament allows us to expand our job placement and training services to help thousands of veterans in our community, something we’re very proud to be a part of at Goodwill.”

“It was also very special to be able to share the news of the America’s Warrior Partnership grant with the public at this year’s tournament,” Talarico Jr. continued. “Through this partnership, we will be the gateway for a new effective and efficient way to serve our local veteran population and connect them with the support and resources they need.”

The Platinum Sponsor of the Golf Invitational was U.S. Bank, a longtime supporter of Goodwill and the annual event. Other event sponsors included Wells Fargo Bank, Ad Taxi, First Foundation Bank, Hays Companies, Union Bank, Adorn Premiums, Alert Security, Armstrong and Associates, Easton Pacific, Frome Family Foundation, Grainger, Hillwood Development, KSJG, Kwikset, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, UPS, Rutan & Tucker, SEIA, The Severson Family, Talley & Co., TLG Paving/GuardTop Paving, Kia Depot, Libre Spirits Company, TMS, Everett Manning Jr. and the Manning Family, 21st Century Spirits Company/Blue Ice Vodka, Jacqueline DuPont and Marc Carlson and Irvine Cottages, Los Altos Trophy, POMS & Associates, Sign Concepts, ACME, All Star Security, Crevier Family Foundation, Georgia-Pacific, Westpac, and Sherry & Michael Perry. Live auction item donors included the Resort at Pelican Hill, the Disneyland Resort, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and numerous other local businesses and individuals.

About Goodwill of Orange County
Since 1924, Goodwill of Orange County has been in the business of helping people who are facing barriers to entering 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 hundreds of 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


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