TUSTIN, CA, July 10, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- A spirited tapas and wine reception designed to both fundraise and friend-raise, hosted by Girls Inc. Board Member Pam Adams, scooped up over $5,000 in donations and many new friends of Girls Inc., the non-profit organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart and bold.
"I'm very pleased with our event, which attracted not only our most loyal corporate sponsors but also a wonderful array of businesswomen who previously were not involved with Girls Inc.," said Adams, First Vice President-Investment Officer with the Adams Financial Group of Wells Fargo Advisors LLC.
Approximately 50 individuals attended the reception at Adams' home in Mission Viejo, where Adams, Lucy Santana-Ornelas, Girls Inc. CEO, and Diana Avila, Girls Inc. national scholarship winner, described the many successes achieved by Girls Inc. and thanked corporate donors for underwriting programs where girls, ages five to 18, learn to develop leadership capabilities, life skills, and plan for higher education and careers.
Adams, a longtime Girls Inc. champion, reported that while some supporters choose to donate dollars, others participate through volunteer efforts. "The girls at Girls Inc. gain so much whether the donation is underwriting an event or being a mentor to one of the girls. Believe me, every contribution is huge and Girls Inc. makes the most of it all."
Diana Avila, a recent graduate of Estancia High School, spoke on the impact Girls Inc. had made on her life. Avila is preparing to go to Cal Poly Pomona this fall, where she will major in computer hardware engineering. In June, she was matched with her mentor Dr. Debra Richardson, professor of informatics at UC Irvine and founding dean of the UCI's Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences to help guide her through her college experience. As a Girls Inc. National Scholar, Avila has garnered $35,000 in scholarship support and says, "Now my family doesn't have to worry about how they can afford to give me a college education. I'm the first in my family to go!"
Santana-Ornelas pointed out that many companies have generously supported Girls Inc. programs this past year, and she highlighted a few in attendance: Applied Medical, ADP, Disneyland Resort, Rutan & Tucker, UC Irvine, Orange County Business Journal, SingerLewak, and Wood Guttman Bogart.
About Girls Incorporated of Orange County
Girls Inc. of Orange County has been a respected member of the non-profit community for almost 60 years. The mission of Girls Inc. is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. We put our mission into practice through the Girls Inc. experience that equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow into healthy, educated and independent adults. Girls Inc. of Orange County positively changes the lives of 4,500 girls, ages 4 1/2 to 18, each year, by providing year-round holistic, compensatory, and intentional programming focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math), financial literacy, sound body image, healthy relationships, and college and career readiness. For more information, or to inquire about involvement opportunities, please visit http://www.girlsinc-oc.org.
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