OneOC Selects CASA as “Giving is Living” Honoree for 2012 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards

Hundreds of volunteers to be celebrated at annual event, Friday, April 20

SANTA ANA, Calif., April 9, 2012 – OneOC, formerly Volunteer Center Orange County, will honor Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County with the “Giving is Living Award” for its commitment to empowering volunteers to serve as life-changing mentors and advocates for the county’s most severely abused, abandoned and neglected children.

The honor will be bestowed at OneOC’s 36th Annual Spirit of Volunteerism Awards Luncheon, set for Friday, April 20 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm.

In addition, the ceremony will spotlight 355 of Orange County’s unsung heroes nominated by 159 nonprofits, community organizations and companies for the time, skill and labor they have contributed to build stronger, more vibrant communities.

Nominated by 16 business leaders, CASA was selected from a field of 18 worthy nonprofits that all contribute to the betterment of the residents of Orange County.

“It’s difficult task to single out an individual nonprofit for the Giving is Living Award, as Orange County is indeed fortunate to have so many worthy organizations that advocate for and provide critical services to those in need,” said Daniel J. McQuaid, OneOC president and CEO. "CASA stands out as a protector of the rights of our most vulnerable children.  Through CASA, there is a chance for a better outcome.  Their volunteers stand up for them, giving them a voice and a chance for a better life.  We are honored to recognize their contribution to making Orange County a better place to live."

“We are absolutely thrilled to be acknowledged by OneOC, one of the county’s premier organizations that mobilizes volunteers,” said Gene Howard, executive director of CASA. "The rights of our most vulnerable children are being lost in the shuffle of a strained system. On any given day in Orange County, there are over 2,500 children in foster care.  We hope that this honor will increase awareness of the need that is out there and the support our volunteers provide.”

“Spirit of Volunteerism Awards also provides a meaningful, non-competitive celebration for Orange County’s nonprofits and companies to honor community members and employees who selflessly give their time and talent to build a stronger community.  Whether preserving the environment, educating and mentoring our youth, caring for our sick and elderly or cultivating the arts, volunteers are the heart and soul of a richer, more vibrant Orange County," said Daniel J. McQuaid, OneOC president and CEO.

Event co-chairs Tawnya Bond of Jacuzzi Brands Corp. and Daniel Koblin of Pinnacle Consulting Group spearheaded a committee of 21 corporate and community leaders in this largest and longest- running recognition of Orange County’s community volunteers.  The Orange County Register is the Presenting Sponsor of the 2012 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards.  More than 50 companies, foundations and individuals have sponsored the event and include the following supporters from $5,000 to $25,000 in descending order:  FLUOR, Bank of America, Corinthian Colleges Inc, Disneyland Resort, PIMCO Foundation, Wells Fargo, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County, Allergan Foundation, Cox Communications, Edison Mission Energy, Peter and Michele Duncan, Edwards Lifesciences, Senn Delaney, Strategic Resources Alliance, Union Bank, Taco Bell, and Western Digital Foundation.

Thus far, more than $174,000 has been raised to fund much-needed volunteer, training, consulting and business services that help Orange County’s nonprofits become as effective and efficient as they are passionate about their missions.

Entertainment will be provided by the Orange County High School of the Arts (OCHSA), a nationally recognized arts school that provides bright and talented students with a creative and challenging educational environment.


About CASA

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County is a non-profit organization that trains community volunteers to serve as powerful mentors and advocates for our community’s most severely abused, abandoned and neglected children. More information is available at

About OneOC

OneOC, formerly Volunteer Center Orange County, is a nonprofit 501c3 organization committed to accelerating nonprofit success through volunteer, training, consulting and business services. Serving Orange County, California, OneOC provides support and solutions to more than 650 nonprofit organizations and community initiatives each year. Building on a 52-year history of mobilizing volunteer action, the organization announced its new name on September 15, 2010 to signal the expansion of its integrated service offerings to help nonprofits become as effective and efficient about their mission as they are passionate. OneOC is affiliated with Points of Lights Institute and HandsOn Network, enabling participation in national community service initiatives and connection to a larger movement of change. For more information, visit

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