A Year in Review

An Update from Our CEO

Cathy with firefighters CEO Cathleen Collins shares in this upcoming Summer Newsletter a review of this past year and celebrates the mark of UCP-OC’s 60 years of serving Orange County

2013 marks a special year as we celebrate our 60th Anniversary in Orange County, and the different core programs, people and events that have played a vital role in our organization. We are excited to reflect on the past 60 years and those who have made a difference this year to empower families and help children challenged with special needs to live a “Life Without Limits”.

Thank you to all of our donors who contributed to our Golf Tournament, Life Without Limits Gala and our Annual Fund Campaign. With your support we were able to raise more than $1.398 million this year!

October launched our fundraising season with our Annual “Autumn Golf Classic” and Brianna Cup Golf Tournament, chaired by Scott Pievac CEO of SPC Retail Display Group with lead sponsor Dana Dowers and DLD Insurance. Please Save the Date for this year’s tournament on Monday, October 21, 2013.

In March our support guilds ushered in spring with two spectacular events, the first a festive Fashion Show hosted by Psi Delta and the second a glamorous Casino Royale, hosted by the Sea & Sky Guild and chaired by Guild Founder and President, Linda Beresford.

On Friday May 10, 2013 we held our most successful Life Without Limits Gala to date. Honoring our 60th Anniversary and the philanthropic leadership of Michael K. Hayde. His example of community support and personal philosophy on giving back made him the perfect recipient of our UCP-OC Impact Award. We are very grateful for Mr. Hayde’s support of our organization and the children and families we serve. We are especially grateful for our many event sponsors including lead Life Without Limits Sponsor, The Argyros Family Foundation. For a complete list of event sponsors please see our upcoming newsletter.

UCP-OC is fortunate to have a team of skilled and professional therapists, administrative staff and program specialists who work tirelessly throughout our community. Our collaborative and coordinated children’s services strive to meet the comprehensive needs of families to ensure the support they need throughout a child’s life. This year many of our therapists and staff have spent countless hours outside of UCP-OC earning new certifications and accreditations to further serve the children that come to UCP-OC.

You can remain updated on the happenings at UCP-OC by following us on our Facebook, blog and even Twitter page!

Thank you for supporting our mission to serve the Orange County community and acknowledging the importance of the programs and services our organization provides. Please consider a gift to UCP-OC to support our Annual Fund this year. Annual gifts to UCP-OC help to ensure that every child in need of services receives help and supports critical infrastructure needed to provide excellent care and service. Most importantly, your support helps to ensure a Life Without Limits for every child with disabilities!

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Life Without Limits Gala: through the eyes of a child

Our Life Without Limits Gala is next week!


When: Saturday, April 28th 2012

Where: Balboa Bay Club and Resort, Newport Beach

Why: This is our key fundraising event of the year! Come and support our organization and children with disabilities.


Our Annual Gala will be held next Saturday, April 28th at the Balboa Bay Club and Resort. The evening will start at 6:00pm with a cocktail reception, followed by a dinner and live auction as well as music and live entertainment.

UCP-OC will honor James V. Mazzo, President of Abbot Medical Optics, for his resounding leadership and for supporting our collaborative efforts to bring about the United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County Early CVI Screening Program Collaboration with The Gavin Herbert Eye Institute of UC Irvine. The Vision Program is aimed at improving the diagnosis and rehabilitation of infants at risk for vision complications associated with CP as well as premature infants at risk for cortical visual impairment and decreased central vision resulting from prematurity.

It’s not too late to sign up! www.ucp-oc.org/gala

Make sure to check out our sneak peek of our Live Auction items on the website (link above)

We wouldn’t have been able to put on this amazing event if it wasn’t for our many sponsors!

Glimmer of Hope Gala: Post-Gala

Glitz and glamour is what awaited the attendees of this year’s Life Without Limits Gala on Saturday the 26th of March at Newport’s Balboa Bay Club. Children ambassadors to UCP-OC greeted each person with a smile and a wave as they arrived to the event, and then ushered them into the cocktail reception where they had a wine and silent auction. Guests were offered specialty “Wickedtinis” and hors d’oeurves as they waited to enter the Grand Ballroom for the dinner and live auction.

Once you entered the ballroom you were ushered into an elegant world of sparkling emerald and stunning candlelit trees, each place setting fully equipped with emerald glasses and playbill for the evening. The main course was a mouth watering filet mignon and garlic roasted prawns with the musical talents of 19 year old Marna Rough and Sage Hill High School sophomore, Caitlin Cohn to entertain.

The night also honored Julia and George Argyros for their years of steadfast support for children with disabilities. The Reverend John and Mrs. Anne Huffman shared stories of friendship and philanthropy prior to the award presentation, and the couple was joined by their children and grandkids. The event was supported by DLD Insurance Brokers Inc, The Argyros Family, The Dubia Family Foundation, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, The Tunney Foundation and Fish & Richardson.

A live auction included packages worthy of the King of Oz. There was a Montecito beach house, Top Gun Fighter experience, Grammy tickets, a trip to New York including a shopping spree at Bergdorf-Goodman, theater tickets and accommodations at the renowned Plaza Hotel (sold 4 times!), a complete Hawaiian vacation and a sports lovers dream weekend with Lakers tickets, golf and luxurious Bentley. The night raised a total of over $380,ooo for UCP-OC. Live entertainment by Liquid Blue ended the night on the dance floor.

Make sure not to miss out next year on this unforgettable night, as you wine and dine in style to support UCP-OC!

Please follow this link to look at the pictures from the event! http://lilystein.smugmug.com/CLIENT/UCP-Gala

written by: Elizabeth Wylie