At the National Philanthropy Day luncheon, it’s not uncommon to leave with a tear in your eye.

That’s what Mitch Spann, senior co-chair, said of the event recognizing Orange County residents for their outstanding philanthropic services.

“It really is the single largest showcase for the importance of nonprofits in Orange County and beyond,” Spann said. “The event vacillates from total excitement and energy to deep and meaningful stories that are sometimes difficult to get through without having a little bit of a tear in your eye.”