Friday, October 15, 2021
We are thrilled to announce a brand new event supporting Share Our Selves and the work we do providing care and assistance to those in need in Orange County — Share Our Selves’ Soirée on the Shore! This evening of food, drinks, live music, and fundraising for a great cause is sure to be a party you won’t forget!
Taking place under the twinkling market lights of Paséa Hotel & Spa’s outdoor, oceanfront lawn, the Soirée on the Shore will feature food stations from some of Orange County’s most loved restaurants in a casual, cocktail party atmosphere that encourages guests to mingle with the chefs and each other as they try the delicious bites, sip on wine and signature cocktails, and enjoy music from the live band. A silent auction, live auction, and wine pull will give those in attendance many ways to show their support for SOS’s many services. After the short program, guests can dance the night away under the stars to the music of the All Star Trio.
We hope you will join us at this exciting new event, as we look to SOS’s next 50 years of serving our neighbors in need!
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For more information, please contact Elizabeth Hopkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or 949.270.2137 (office) or 949.402.1182 (cell).
COSTA MESA, CA, – More than 280 people cruised over to the OC Fair & Event Center on Saturday, April 24th to take part in the first drive-through style event in the 28 year history of Share Our Selves (SOS) Wild & Crazy Taco Night.Read More
Costa Mesa, CA — We anticipated the pandemic significantly impacting our seasonal programs. Our planning required us to consider many options in delivering our 2020 Adopt A Family Program. However, an option that we knew we didn’t have was cancelling the program altogether.Read More
Costa Mesa, CA — Our annual Family Service Night went virtual this year, as over 300 parents and kids participated in our first At Home! event. Families, small groups of classmates, and Scout troops spent the evening together at home assembling over 2,000 hygiene kits, diaper kits, shaving kits and snack bags for our neighbors in need.
They later joined a Zoom discussion on homelessness in our community with SOS CEO Christy Ward, and a lively Q&A with staff where families learned more about Share Our Selves and the services we provide to the community, and additional ways to get involved. We were so impressed with the thoughtful questions the children asked, and their creative ideas to help assist our homeless population.
Although we are looking forward to the time when we can welcome families back onsite to volunteer with us, our virtual event gave participants the flexibility to complete the projects at their convenience, and we received a unanimous request to hold another event later this year. Thank you to everyone who participated and donated items.
Stay tuned for details and date for our Summer Service Night!
In lieu of this year’s in-person Celebrity Chef Dinner we spent the month of October celebrating our 50th Anniversary online! Supporters participated in an online auction and “raise the paddle” fundraiser to raise critical funds for individuals and families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Costa Mesa, CA — Did you know that the SOS Adopt A Family program has been taking place every December since just before Share Our Selves began? Continuing with this amazing local tradition of care during an added time of need, Adopt a Family was able to celebrate a successful 50th anniversary with the help of thousands from the community.Read More
Costa Mesa, CA — Share Our Selves welcomed families from the Orange County community to two events, Saturday of Service and Family Service Night, to kick off the holiday season by serving their homeless neighbors. Participants worked on projects that helped our homeless neighbors and taught children about the challenges they face. Geared towards families with children elementary school to high school age, these events provided the opportunity to introduce the next generation of OC philanthropists to issues of hunger and homelessness in our community. Throughout the night, our families helped SOS prepare for the holiday season by:
- Sorting 2,000 pounds of canned and assorted goods
- Packing 625 bags full of hygiene items
- Packing 400 diaper kits with diapers, wipes, and hand sanitizer
- Creating and decorating 150 gift card holders for our Adopt A Family program
- Packing 150 lunches for our homeless clients
- Preparing over 100 bags of Thanksgiving produce
Thank you to the 260 community members those who helped make this night a true success!
Huntington Beach, CA — The 29th Annual Share Our Selves (SOS) Celebrity Chef Dinner brought over 250 generous community members together for an exciting evening of fun, delicious food and drinks, and philanthropy. The event, held at the beautiful Paséa Hotel & Spa on Friday, October 11, 2019, highlighted 12 phenomenal local chefs committed to helping those in need in Orange County. The event netted approximately $129,000 in support of the SOS Food Pantry and Comprehensive Service Center, which provides food and needed services such as rental and utilities assistance, transportation, and seasonal programs for low-income individuals and families.
The event began with an outdoor reception highlighting the beautiful beachfront location. Guests were able to mingle with chefs and beverage sponsors, enjoy live music, and learn about SOS from staff and informational signage as the sun set behind the Huntington Beach pier just across the street. The reception featured hors d’oeuvres stations, and wine and beer tastings. A wine pull gave guests the chance to buy a mystery bottle of wine for $30 that was valued anywhere from $20 to $175. The silent auction afforded attendees another chance to bid on fun items donated by local individuals and businesses.
Guests then moved to the ballroom for the first course, entrée and dessert during the live auction and program. New CEO Christy Ward addressed the crowd, speaking to her excitement in joining the SOS team. Social Services Director Michael McGlinn then gave a heartfelt talk about SOS’s homeless clients and the many measures the organization is taking to address their health and get them into housing. One-of-a-kind dinners prepared by our chefs made for an enticing live auction lineup, and emcee Zack Krone kept the frenzied bidders raising their paddles. The evening ended with a lively Fund A Need, in which bidders raised their paddles one last time to make a contribution to SOS. The Fund A Need raised over $59,000 in just over five minutes.
A huge thank you to our generous chefs, sponsors, event sponsors, Celebrity Chef Dinner Committee & volunteers for making this event a huge success!
PARTICIPATING CHEFS & MENU
Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Caprese Salad Bites
Hamachi Tostada: Dashi Avocado Purée, Guajillo salsa, Hearts on Fire
Sonoma Lamb Neck Crepinette, Tomato Tapenade, Petite Frisee Salad, Lemon Vinaigrette
Short Rib Taco & Hot and Raw Ceviche
Crispy Pork Belly Crostini with a Pineapple Mango Jalapeño Reduction & Pickled Red Onions
Fried Jidori Chicken with Parmesan Foam, Truffles, Lemon Powder, Maldon Salt
Seared Vintage Beef Striploin, Smoked Potato Puree, Bordelaise Sauce
Sweet Corn “Pozole Verde” with Roasted Sweet Corn, Pulled Pork, Poblano Tomatillo Broth, Fresh Herbs and Fennel
Mini Mamma Margherita Veal Meatball in a Slow Briased 12 hour Ragu, Micro Basil, Melted Homemade Burrata Fondue, Crostini Crumble with 24 Month Aged Reggiano, drizzed with EVOO
“Lumpia” Smoked Jidori Chicken, Rock Shrimp, House Made Sweet Chili Sauce
Kune Kune Suckling Pig Panini Sandwich, Broccoli Rapini, Caramelized Onions, Raclette Cheese & Roasted Tomato & Piquillo Pepper Soup, Sharp Watercress Cream
Roasted Delicata Squash “Sope”
Featuring ingredients generously donated by Melissa’s Produce
72-hour Braised Short Rib and Crab Imperial Stuffed Jumbo Shrimp, Creamy Polenta, Butternut Squash Crisp and Lemon Butter
Apple Butter Sour Cream Cheesecake with an Oat Streusel Crust, Garnished with Caramelized Apples in a Cider Reduction
Anne and Bob Cress
BNY Mellon Wealth Management
Frome Family Foundation
Christopher L. Blank
Marc & Lura Harper
Dr. Richard & Mrs. Sandra Haskell
Will & Annick Klatte
David & Georgina Takemoto
Eric & Betty Christiansen
Michael & Kathy Lewis
James & Pam Hardenbergh
Deborah Schneider, Sol Cocina
Rich Mead, Farmhouse
Jim & Diane Bailey
Theresa Madden; Sandy Fainbarg
Christina & Bob Gannon
Gaye Besler, Kara Demostene, Maggie Hayes, Elizabeth Hopkins, Helen Kinsey, Marie Macaulay, Mary Moyer, Julie Neja, Karen McGlinn, Katie Santore, Debbie Springer, Cindy Tuch
Costa Mesa, CA — On June 7, 2019 the SOS First in Family College Readiness Program celebrated the achievements of 8 low-income first-generation high school seniors with a special event held at the SOS Community Health Center. The program prepares students for success in college by supplying them with laptop computers, dorm room essentials, money for textbooks, and case management support through their first year of college. SOS also helped participants select new professional attire outfits for a school presentation that they can use for job interviews and other formal occasions in the future. By working with their college guidance counselors, SOS is also ensuring that they will have the support they need once in college.
Participants in this year’s project were high school seniors from Newport Harbor High School, Costa Mesa High School, Foothill High School and Estancia High School. Each student was recommended to SOS by an advocate at their school because of their determination to overcome difficult circumstances to succeed. They also submitted an application and wrote a personal statement describing why they should be considered for this project, as well as confirmed their attendance at a college or university in the fall.
All the participants will either be the first in their family to attend college, or part of the first generation in their family to do so. Some of the schools they will be attending are the University of California, Irvine; California State University, Fullerton; Saddleback College; California State University, Bakersfield; and Orange Coast College. Here are a few of their stories (we have changed their names to protect their identities):
Jane’s motivation for performing well in school arose when she came to the United States. She is constantly trying to push herself and try new things because she wants her family back in Mexico to be proud of her. She realized that higher education would open more doors for her. She paved her way to college with great grades and perseverance. She learned English in a record time and became involved in helping other students in the ELD program. Although she wanted to follow in her family’s footsteps of education and medicine, she wants to pursue her passion of performing. Her peers and teachers are very proud of her and know that her natural leadership will allow her to accomplish anything she sets her mind to, and she believes that with hard work and her motivation, she will truly get a chance to shine.
Besides her parents, Mary’s inspiration for attending college is her fourth-grade teacher, who shared stories about her college experience and showed Mary what she could accomplish if she followed her heart. Mary has demonstrated her ability to be a dedicated student by the amount of work she has taken on. From competing on both the soccer and volleyball teams to keeping up with demanding courses such as AP Calculus, she has shown her peers and teachers that she is more than prepared for college. She plans to pursue a business degree at the University of California, Irvine. She is self-motivated and hopes to make her parents –who sacrificed their education for her well-being – proud.
Jason has a passion for helping others. As a young boy he was raised in another country and moving back to the United States, his country of origin, was a difficult task. He thanks his counselors and teachers who taught how this new world worked and the English language. His passion for helping others expanded when he was helped by his counselors to learn English and reach his goals. His new goal became attending college to be a counselor and help students transition from high school to college, as his counselors and teachers have helped him. His leadership skills and school involvement have allowed him to move forward through high school successfully. His counselors and teachers describe him as a natural leader and supportive team player. He is motivated to be the first person in his family to graduate from college and give back in the way that his counselors did for him.
The students and their invited guests gathered at SOS in Costa Mesa on Friday afternoon to celebrate their acceptance into the SOS First in Family College Readiness Program and accept their college supplies. Each student received a laptop computer and a $100 gift card for Amazon for textbooks. Student attending a community college got a backpack filled with school supplies, while those who will be living on campus got luggage with dorm supplies including hangers, towels, sheets and a hygiene kit. As a special surprise, SOS procured a sweatshirt for each student from their college or university. Many of the schools donated these items for the students.
Speakers at the event on Friday included community facilitator Maria Barragan from Estancia High School, who spoke about the school’s senior project and the history of the collaboration with SOS; SOS Director of Social Services Michael McGlinn; a student panel featuring past program participants; and the keynote speaker, Megan Lattimer, who spoke about her experiences helping those in need at the OCC food pantry. The event included dinner and cake for the participants and their families.
This project would not have been possible without the generous support of our community. Their kind donations of funds, college supplies and hygiene items allowed SOS to provide each student with a wonderful care package that will make the transition to college as effortless as possible.
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. SOS’s annual Back To School Program was launched in 1994 with the goal of closing the educational gap for low-income K-12 students.
Last year’s program provided approximately 4,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to local students. With your support, 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
Join Us at We Care Wednesday at the OC FAIR!
Wednesday, July 17th
Bring $5 worth of school supplies (must be new in sealed packaging) and get free admission to the OC Fair and a carnival ride! One ticket per person per donation.
- Filler Paper
- Colored Pencils
Your generous monetary donations allow us to purchase supplies in bulk and expand our reach. Looking to donate items? Check out our Amazon wish list and send donations of our most in-demand items directly to us!
Lead A Drive
Organize your own backpack and school supply drive with your corporation or social club! You can use the flyer below or contact us if you’d like other materials created.
Help us sort supplies and prepare backpacks! Contact Marie Macaulay at 949.270.2118 or email@example.com 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.
Register for Backpacks
If you are a client who would like to register for backpacks, please click here to see our registration dates and locations.
Click here for more information on how your group can get involved!
Click here for a school supply flyer to post at your Back to School drive!
Click here if you would like to register for backpacks!
Please contact Alina Pineda at 949.536.3913 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about this program.