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ESSC Hosts Sip and Savor Summer Fundraiser Eat, Drink & Laugh While Supporting Diversity August 18th, 2018

Thursday, July 12, 2018

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Easterseals Southern California (ESSC) which assists more than 10,000 people with disabilities in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Imperial, Kern, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura counties – is hosting its inaugural Sip and Savor summer fundraiser Saturday, August 18, at its new headquarters located at 1063 McGaw Avenue, Irvine, CA.

As champions for ability, ESSC's programs – including autism therapy, adult day services, child development services, living options, employment services and the Bob Hope Veterans Support Program – make it possible for children and adults to reach their full potential at school, at home, at work and at play.

With all proceeds benefitting ESSC's services throughout southern California, the evening will feature an array of delicious tastes from popular local restaurants; specialty wines, brews and spirits; live music and dancing under the stars; entertainment including a caricaturist, strolling magician, tarot card reader and photo booth; opportunity drawing; silent auction; and a tour of ESSC's new Autism Therapy and Disability Services Center.

Said Mark Whitley, president & CEO of ESSC, “Community is the foundation of Easterseals' cause. When we help everyone reach their potential, we become stronger as a whole. We are grateful to those who support our mission and enable us to continue to empower those we serve to fully participate in their communities as they lead fulfilled, independent lives." 

WHO:             Easterseals Southern California

WHAT:           Inaugural Sip and Savor Fundraiser

WHEN:           Saturday, August 18, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

WHERE:         Easterseals Southern California Headquarters, 1063 McGaw Ave., Irvine, 92614

R.S.V.P:          Tickets are $75 and are available online:

Event Sponsors: Mark Bertrand, Center for Behavioral Sciences Inc., Coyne & Associates, HomeStreet Bank, South County Photo Club, FOP.

Food & Beverage Sponsors: Bon Appetit, Bon Suisse, Chef Tiffany Heremans/Valley High Culinary Academy, Coca Cola, Date Café, Don & Sons, EATS Kitchen & Bar/Hotel Irvine, Fallbrook Winery, Farrell’s Ice Cream, Happy: Hour Wine Co., Jessup Cellars, Katella Deli Bakery and Restaurant, Lost Coffee Bean, Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ, Slapfish, The Capital Grille, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and more!  

Silent Auction:  Signed Chargers football; signed Clippers basketball; Beats Solo 3 wireless headphones; Fireball branded acoustic guitar; JBL Flip4 speaker; Quicksilver package; Sugarfina luxury candy bento box; JT Schmidt’s and TAPS gift cards; Jack Daniels branded corn hole game; Total Wine and More private wine class; Assorted wine baskets; Banana Boat basket; and more.

Changing the Way You See Disability:  Celebrate. Don’t Separate

In 2018, ESSC launched a thought-provoking new awareness campaign – featuring southern California residents who receive services from Easterseals – aimed at Changing the Way You See Disability. With a goal of inclusion, the multi-faceted campaign asks people to reconsider how they view people with disabilities with such challenges as: Celebrate. Don’t Separate; Dialogue. Not Doubt; Encourage. Don’t Exclude; Include. Don’t Isolate; Be Supportive. Not Sorry; and Spread Awareness. Not Assumptions. The campaign encompasses print, outdoor and internet ads, as well as a grassroots social media component with a “Make the Promise” call to action to support the campaign under the hashtag #CelebrateDontSeparate.  Learn more at:  

About Easterseals Southern California

For nearly 100 years, Easterseals has been an indispensable resource for individuals and families with developmental disabilities or other special needs. The services provided by Easterseals Southern California (ESSC) – in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Imperial, Kern, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura counties – make profound and positive differences in people's lives every day, helping them address life’s challenges and achieve personal goals so that they can live, learn, work and play in our communities. With 2,300 employees, 60+ service sites and hundreds of community partnership locations, ESSC assists more than 10,000 people, providing adult/senior day services; autism therapy; child development/early education; employment services, veteran employment support; independent living options; and more. At Easterseals, 88% of our income is spent on services. Join us in changing the way the world defines and views disabilities. 

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