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Inaugural O.C. Real Estate Luncheon Raises Over $580,000 for Local Veterans

Posted by: Orange County Community Foundation on 5/25/2016

They fought to protect our homeland, and now Orange County’s real estate industry is stepping up to help protect them. After serving in the longest war in U.S. history, post-9/11 veterans reported more difficulty adjusting to civilian life, with 61% of veterans who served after 9/11 reporting adjustment challenges compared to 30% of pre-9/11 veterans. This discovery – just one of the findings from “The State of the American Veteran: The Orange County Veterans Study” that OCCF commissioned – spurred 450 real estate leaders to contribute $580,000 at the inaugural O.C. Real Estate Luncheon last month. And even more importantly, event organizers are committing to hold the fundraiser annually and donate proceeds for the first three years to local organizations serving veterans. “The real estate industry truly cares about our community, and we couldn’t think of a better place to start our efforts than with heroes coming home to Orange County," said Donahue Schriber Chairman and CEO Pat Donahue.

After we presented study findings last year, Donahue and Allen Staff, market president and region executive for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, decided to organize and host a luncheon to inspire other businesses, philanthropists and community leaders to work together on critical areas of veteran needs.

Their vision came together on April 21 as leaders from Orange County's top real estate companies and financial institutions, in partnership with OCCF, banded together to support the county's 130,000 veterans. In organizing the event, Donahue had the vision to revive another local tradition, the Commercial Real Estate Luncheon, a fundraising event created by Ranney Draper in the 1990s.

Retired Admiral Mike Mullen, 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, served as keynote speaker. He addressed the challenges facing military veterans as they transition to civilian life, a topic he discussed as OCCF unveiled the report to 200 donors and business and community leaders in February 2015.

"Our culture is such that if you are in active duty, we love you; we will take a bullet for you on Friday,” Mullen said. “On Monday when you leave with your sea bag or your duffle bag, we say, ‘We salute you.’ We say, ‘Thank you very much for your service, have a nice life.’”    

A selection committee of well-respected business leaders and former military members will join OCCF in reviewing grant applications and funding local nonprofits helping returning veterans integrate into civilian life successfully.

“The purpose of our veterans’ initiative is to fuel innovative approaches to solving critical gaps in services for local veterans and their families,” explained Shelley Hoss, president, OCCF. “The generous investment from the Orange County real estate community demonstrates what’s possible when businesses, philanthropists and community leaders work together to solve the greatest barriers preventing our military veterans from re-entering civilian life successfully.”

Bank of America Merrill Lynch served as presenting sponsor of the O.C. Real Estate Luncheon. Other founding sponsors included CBRE, Craig Realty Group, Donahue Schriber, Fidelity National Title, KBS, Lyon Living, Mark IV Capital and Rancho Mission Viejo.

To learn more about OCVI or get involved, contact Carol Ferguson, OCCF senior donor relations and programs officer.

 

 

 

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