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Legacy Award
General William and Willa Dean Lyon

Throughout the past 30 years, General William and Willa Dean Lyon have been an integral part of many Orange County philanthropic organizations. Their dedication to improving local art and education programs is seen through their leadership within Orange County – as key supporters of Orangewood Children’s Foundation, Santa Margarita Catholic High School, Segerstrom Center for the Arts and much more. Their generosity and desire to make a difference has helped tens of thousands of people in the community.

Nominated By: Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America; Orangewood Children’s Foundation; Pretend City; Santa Margarita Catholic High School; Segerstrom Center for the Arts
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Outstanding Philanthropist
Catherine Klein Sorensen

A long-time philanthropist, Catherine Klein Sorensen shares in the achievements of the Lloyd E. and Elisabeth H. Klein Family Foundation of improving the opportunity for youth with encouragement, education and emotional support. Through her involvement with many non-profit organizations over the years, Sorensen exemplifies her family’s legacy. Her dedication and commitment to helping empower disadvantaged youth in Orange County has helped changed countles

Nominated By: Assistance League Anaheim; Grandma’s House of Hope; Providence Speech and Hearing Center
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Outstanding Philanthropic Group
Building Block Foundation Fund

Building Block Foundation Fund was established to help disadvantaged children in Orange County. Created in 2004, Building Block is a philanthropic organization for the commercial real estate industry that brings together real estate professionals to support a common goal. The program was designed to enable the commercial real estate community to give back in an organized and meaningful way for the long-term future of Orange County.

Nominated By: Project Access; Taller San Jose
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Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser
Ralph B. Linzmeier, Jr.

Ralph B. Linzmeier, Jr. has devoted most of his life to service for others. Having recently been awarded with the Pope St. John Paul II Award for Diligence, Linzmeier founded and chaired the Annual Men of Character Award for the Boy Scouts for the past 15 years. As a supporter of youth services, he is also vested in Catholic education – having co-founded Serra Catholic Grade School in the 90’s. Currently, Linzmeier is the Managing Director, Wealth Management, Financial Advisor and Senior Portfolio Management Director at Morgan Stanley in Irvine.

Nominated By: Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America
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Outstanding Founder
Je’net Kreitner

Je’net Kreitner is the Founder and Executive Director of Grandma’s House of Hope whose mission is to empower the Invisible Populations of Orange County, those who truly fall through the cracks. She founded GHH in an effort to give back to a community that helped her rebuild her life after she experienced an episode of homelessness in 1991. Currently, Kreitner is serving a two year term on the Anti- Human Trafficking Congressional Advisory Committee and is involved in the Continuum of Care 10 year plan to End Homelessness in Orange County.

Nominated By: Acacia Housing Advisors; Anaheim City School District; Brilliant Management; Hands On Solutions; California Senate-37th District-Honorable Mimi Walters; J9 Leading Solutions; Juliette Madison; Amtrak Police Department; Denise Voss; 2-1-1 Orange County
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Outstanding Corporation or Business, Small
MOST Brand Development + Advertising

MOST Brand Development + Advertising is a brand development advertising agency that elevates every brand they sink their teeth into. From individual products to parent companies, their focus on people and potential leads them to discover what a brand means. Founded by John G. Most, the company is the brand development and marketing partner for the Pacific South Coast Chapter of the MS Society and has been involved with the organization for more than 10 years.

Nominated By: National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Pacific South Coast Chapter
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Outstanding Corporation or Business, Medium
Rutan & Tucker, LLP

With offices in Costa Mesa and Palo Alto, Rutan & Tucker is California’s largest full-service law firm headquartered in Orange County, California. Rutan & Tucker is recognized as a company that has created a culture of philanthropy and has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to philanthropy through its financial support of one or more nonprofit organizations, leadership involvement, and volunteer participation and commitment of its workforce in establishing a role model for other businesses in our community.

Nominated By: Angels Baseball; Chapman University; Susan G. Komen, Orange County; OneOC; The Wooden Floor
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Outstanding Corporation or Business, Large
ACT Anaheim

Launched in November 2013, Accelerate Change Together (ACT) Anaheim is an initiative managed by the Orange County Community Foundation dedicated to meeting the needs of youth in Anaheim. With inaugural funding from the Disneyland Resort, Angels Baseball, the Anaheim Ducks and the Orange County Community Foundation, ACT Anaheim aims to provide a targeted philanthropic response to the challenges of serving youth in California’s 10th largest city.

Nominated By: City of Anaheim Community Services Dept.; Anaheim City School District; Anaheim Community Foundation; Children and Families Commission of Orange County; Orange County Community Foundation
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Outstanding Youth or Youth Group
Ariel Yarrish-Future in Humanity

Ariel Yarrish at the young age of 20 founded Future in Humanity in 2011, a non-profit organization that empowers change throughout communities. The group connects the community to the problems in their local area to the resources necessary for every person to progress with hope for their future and to support those who suffer in school, at home and in society. Yarrish recently received the Women of Distinction award through the 65th Assembly District in honor of Women’s History Month, from Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva.

Nominated By: Colleen Yarish