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Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray, Skip Martin of Kool & The Gang and Others to Support Orange County’s Largest Nonprofit

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. – August 9, 2016 – Goodwill of Orange County is bringing an all-star lineup of musical entertainment for its third annual Gala, raising funds to help people with barriers find employment and secure purpose-filling jobs.

The nonprofit’s largest fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, November 5 at The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel and will feature six musical acts sure to delight guests of all ages.

  • Newport Beach local and O.C. favorite, Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray. Hit songs include “Fly,” “Every Morning,” “Someday,” and “When It’s Over.”
  • Grammy Award winner Skip Martin of the Dazz Band and 18-year veteran lead singer of Kool & The Gang. Hit songs include “Celebration,” “Let It Whip,” “Get Down On It” and “Ladies Night.”
  • Former Journey lead singer Steve Augeri performing some of the band’s greatest hits, including “Don’t Stop Believing,” “Lights,” and “Open Arms.”
  • 1960s and 70s favorite Tony Orlando singing some of his hit songs, including “Tie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Ole Oak Tree,” “Knock Three Times,” and “Candida.”
  • Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night. Smash hits include “One,” “Joy to the World,” and “Mama Told Me (Not to Come).”
  • John Cafferty of The Beaver Brown Band with hit songs “On The Darkside” and “C-I-T-Y.”

Each musical act will perform a selection of their respective hit songs and come together for a grand finale performance to close the annual event. The lineup will be backed by the eight member Wes Quave Live, Southern California’s No. 1, high-energy top 40 dance band.

In addition to the stellar entertainment lineup, additional “surprise” guests will join the celebration and be announced closer to the Gala date.

The Gala will benefit three key Goodwill programs, Goodwill’s Tierney Center for Veteran Services, a global approach to serving veterans and their families that connects them with resources and services to meet their unique needs, including housing, education, job placement, wellness and more; Goodwill’s Rogers A. Severson Fitness & Technology Center, Orange County’s sole fully accessible fitness center designed specifically for people living with physical disabilities or chronic illness; and Goodwill’s Assistive Technology Exchange Center (ATEC), a program that helps children and adults living with disabilities reach maximum potential via specialized services and equipment.

“Our annual Gala is a time for the community to come together to raise funds, support and learn more about Goodwill’s key programs, and make a sustained difference in areas of critical importance in Orange County,” said Frank Talarico, Jr., President and CEO, Goodwill of Orange County. “Our unique and innovative programs, including our holistic approach to serving Orange County’s more than 130,000 veterans, have become models for businesses around the country and this fundraising event allows us to amplify that reach and impact even further.”

Last year’s Gala raised more than $450,000 to further Goodwill’s mission to serve people facing barriers, including individuals with disabilities and veterans. These funds helped the organization increase its total number of individuals served last year in Orange County to 19,900.

Both the 2014 and 2015 Galas sold out quickly and Goodwill officials expect this year’s event to be no exception. Individual tickets start at $550.

For more information about the third annual Goodwill Gala, to purchase tickets and learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact Goodwill at (714) 480-3355 or email


About Goodwill of Orange County Since 1924, Goodwill of Orange County has been in the business of helping people who are facing barriers find and keep meaningful employment. 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 Rogers A. Severson Fitness & Technology Center, Orange County’s only facility specially designed for people suffering from chronic illnesses and physical disabilities; its global approach to serving veterans and their families, Goodwill of Orange County Tierney Center for Veteran Services, which helps former service members and their families find resources and services to meet and serve their unique needs, including housing, job placement, education, and wellness; 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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