23rd Annual Back to School Program
28th Annual Celebrity Chef Dinner

23rd Annual Back to School Program – Preparing OC Children for Success

Children living in poverty start their school year at a large disadvantage. Without crucial school supplies, these students cannot fully participate in classroom activities or complete their homework. The annual SOS Back To School Program was launched in 1994 with the goal of closing the educational gap for in need K-12 students.

In 2017 alone, over 4,000 backpacks were distributed to Orange County children enabling them to start the school year prepared and ready to learn. With your generosity, we will continue to grow both the number of students served as well as the resources offered. Thank you for helping us bring joy and learning to those in need.

How You Can Help

Donate Now
Your generous donations allow us to bulk-purchase supplies and expand our reach.
Lead a Drive
Organize your own backpack and school supply drive with your corporation or social club.
Help us sort and prepare backpacks. Contact Julie Neja at 949.270.2113 or to sign up.
Fund the SOS Back to School Program’s major needs so that we can continue to provide students with the tools needed to learn.


Click here for more information on how your group or organization can get involved.
Click here for a school supply flyer to post at your Back to School drive.

Please contact Marie Macaulay at 949.270.2100 or with any other questions about this program.

28th Annual Celebrity Chef Dinner

Friday, October 5, 2018
Paséa Hotel & Spa
21080 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Join us for an evening of fun, delicious food and drinks, and philanthropy at the 28th Annual SOS Celebrity Chef Dinner! This event highlights outstanding local chefs with a passion for their community, and all proceeds benefit the SOS Food Pantry, which provides bags of groceries to an average of 235 families and individuals each day.

Following the success of last year’s event, Celebrity Chef will once again feature a more casual format, taking advantage of Paséa Hotel and Spa’s beautiful indoor/outdoor space. Guests will be able to mingle during the outdoor reception and watch the sun set over the ocean while enjoying hors d’oeuvres stations and wine and beer tastings. The program will take place in the ballroom, where the bidding over the live auction items is sure to be thrilling!

2018 Chefs to Date

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Hopkins at 949.270.2137 or