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Sue Stern Honored with Power-Packed Philanthropy Award 


Larry ActermanNewport Beach, Calif. (May 21, 2013) – The Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) presented a Power-Packed Philanthropy Award on April 25 to Sue Stern,  a15-year volunteer with Girls Inc. Stern was honored for dedicating many years to empowering youth as a community advocate and volunteer.  The award was presented by Shelley Hoss, president of Orange County Community Foundation, at the Annual Day of Giving event hosted at First American Trust in Santa Ana. The honor comes with a $500 grant to the nonprofit of Sue Stern’s choice.

Stern served on the Girls Inc. Board of Directors for 11 years and serves as an active member of the Girls Inc. Legacy Council. In 2011, Sue and her husband, Ralph Stern, provided a $5 million gift to Girls Inc. – the largest in the organization’s history to expand the Eureka! Program.  Eureka! is a year-round program with a four-week, all-day summer curriculum for girls in middle school that features personal and professional development. The expansion is taking place over five years and will grow the program from 65 girls to more than 500. 

Stern started her volunteer service with Girls Inc. as a “Grade Coach” to a group of 12 girls at Estancia High School who were struggling to find their way in school and in life. Not only did Sue and her friends help the girls with language, writing and math, they also provided weekend field trips to explore higher education and a variety of careers.  Fifteen years later, Stern continues to keep in contact with this group and arranges reunions at her home.

In addition to Girls Inc., Sue has devoted countless hours to several Orange County nonprofit organizations, including the Jewish Community Center, Jewish Federation and Assistance League

“Sue is the kind of person who does not give because of what she gets back, but only because she feels compelled to give,” says Lucy Santana-Ornelas, Executive Director of Girls Inc. “She started by changing the lives of a few and is now changing the lives of thousands. Her legacy will continue in Orange County for countless years.” 

About the Orange County Community Foundation: 

Founded in 1989, the Orange County Community Foundation works with donors, strengthens the local nonprofit sector and works to find solutions to community needs. The Foundation has granted more than $200 million since its inception. In 2011 OCCF ranked as the 10th most active grantmaker among more than 750 U.S. community foundations. For more information, visit or call 949-553-4202.

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