Star power helps Goodwill Gala shine
Goodwill of Orange County is making a tradition out of great music, entertainment and beautiful people at its annual gala. The nonprofit hosted its 3rd such event this November at the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel.
Special guests and “Full House” stars John Stamos, Bob Saget and Dave Coulier hosted the event.
Having a passion for the Goodwill and its community efforts also seem to run in the family: Stamos’ sister, Alaina, is married to Goodwill of Orange County’s CEO, Frank Talarico. Stamos, who last year played the event with his friends the Beach Boys, this year decided to ask his fellow "Full House" costars to support the cause.
“I was proud of what Goodwill does I wanted to share that with Bob and Dave,” said Stamos.
Nearly 500 guests were entertained by an all-star musical lineup. The gala featured Tony Orlando, John Cafferty of The Beaver Brown Band, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray, former lead singer of Journey, Steve Augeri and Skip Martin of Kool & the Gang.
In combination with live and silent auctions, the event netted nearly $700,000, a record for this local nonprofit.
Funds raised at the gala will benefit key programs that connect Orange County veterans to jobs, housing and educational needs. The funds will help children and adults living with disabilities have access to specialized services and equipment. The money also will also help fund Orange County’s only fully accessible fitness center for people living with disabilities, the Rogers A. Severson Fitness & Technology Center.
Goodwill President and CEO Frank Talarico, Jr. said that after the event’s success, he is nothing short of grateful.
“Such an event does an amazing job of educating and shining a bright light on the life-changing work we do every day,” he said. “I can only imagine how spectacular the 2017 gala will be.”