Olive Crest's Independence Day
The Balboa Pavilion was the bayview venue for Olive Crest’s nautically-themed fundraiser that reeled in more than $245,000 to support the Project Independence program for at risk teens and young adults. Chaired by Lorraine Bader and Lori Feeney, the festive dinner included a Cal State Fullerton freshman speaking about how Project Independence helped her out of an abusive home environment. Bryan Kaltenbach, president of Food4Less, was presented the inaugural Founder’s Award by Olive Crest founders Dr. Donald and Lois Verleur, and Steve Bernardy, a Merrill Lynch senior VP, was presented Olive Crest’s Champion for the Children Award by OC’s Board Chairman Jim Woodside. Since 1973, Olive Crest has helped 70,000 abused and at risk kids.