Orange County Family Pledges $5 Million

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Philanthropists help Girls Inc. of Orange County serve its community.

Girls Inc. of Orange County's Annual Gratitude Luncheon

Lucy Santana-Ornelas, Executive Director, Girls Inc. of Orange County; Sue Stern, Board Member, Girls Inc. of Orange County; Gena H. Reed, President & Chair, Girls Inc. of Orange County Board of Directors.

With the infrastructure in place and the unfilled needs of the community, we hope other donors will join us so Girls Inc. can provide the Eureka experience to a 1,000 girls.

When it comes to support and generosity, it is no surprise that Orange County boasts an extremely charitable group. One of the philanthropic families is Sue and Ralph Stern who recently pledged $5 million to Girls Inc.® of Orange County, a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold.

Thanks to the Sterns’ generous gift, Girls Inc. of Orange County received its largest donation to date, which will be used for the expansion of the organization’s Eureka! Program. Eureka! exposes young women to career paths in mathematical, scientific and technical fields and also encompasses sports, self defense and personal developmental activities that meet the intellectual, social, physical and emotional needs of adolescent girls.

As a long-time volunteer and board member, Sue Stern has had first-hand experience with the organization’s powerful influence throughout Orange County. “Over the years, we have observed the direct impact Girls Inc. of Orange County has had on girls and young women,” said Sue Stern. “We love the Eureka summer program which currently has the capacity of helping 70 girls per year. Our goal is to see at least 500 participants each year. “

As part of the expansion to encourage more girls in Orange County to complete school, seek higher education and secure careers, a new site in Santa Ana will be launched. With two sites, Eureka! will be able to reach 500 girls per year. Another new component of Eureka! is Girl Power Symposium, a program committed to informing, motivating and inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold while actively engaged in the pursuit of their personal best. The initial Girl Power Symposium begins on August 1st where 7th-9th graders will have an opportunity to develop skills and confidence to make positive life choices…all in a fun, hands-on environment at the beautiful Rancho Las Lomas.

“Girls Inc. of Orange County and all of the girls we serve are deeply grateful for the Sterns’ bigheartedness,” said Lucy Santana-Ornelas, Executive Director of Girls Inc. of Orange County. “It gives us an opportunity to motivate and inspire even more girls through innovative programs and an upcoming new site.”

On Thursday, May 18th Girls Inc. of Orange County hosted a gratitude event thanking its partners, donors, volunteers and staff, where the organization publically thanked the Sterns and introduced one of the new Eureka! programs, Girl Power Symposium.

“With the infrastructure in place and the unfilled needs of the community, we hope other donors will join us so Girls Inc. can provide the Eureka experience to a 1,000 girls,” said Ralph Stern. “Working together we can make a difference in their lives!”

About Girls Inc. of Orange County
Girls Incorporated of Orange County has been a respected member of the non-profit community since 1954. The organization is an affiliate of the Girls Incorporated national organization, the nation's leading research and evaluation organization on issues pertaining to girls and young women. Girls Inc. of Orange County works with girls ages 4½ to 18 with proven "girl-focused" programs at the center located in Costa Mesa and at 54 outreach sites established at schools and community centers throughout Orange County. In 2010, the organization served 4,700 girls. However, for every girl served, there are 64 others who need our help. With the community's assistance and support, our numbers can continue to grow. For more information, visit http://www.girlsinc-oc.org.

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