IRVINE – In the sea of 900 people in dark business attire at the Hyatt Regency on Thursday, Natalie Cernius, 17, stood out for more than her bright fuchsia dress.

Cernius is the recipient of the National Philanthropy Day Orange County Outstanding Youth award.

She and seven more of Orange County’s top philanthropic businesses, people and organizations were honored for their community contributions at the 28th Annual National Philanthropy Day Orange County Awards luncheon. The winners were selected by members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and other local community leaders. The event was presented by the Orange County Register.

Knowing she was going to leave for college one day, Cernius was af