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Photography by Ann Chatillon

On Wednesday, June 20, at the Orange County Fairgrounds and Event Center in Costa Mesa, the third annual Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala – Orange County, raised $325,000 for services benefitting California’s children in crisis.

The Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala – Orange County, co-hosted by Barrett-Jackson brought out OC’s movers-and-shakers and celebrities including Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis Jr., Sandie Newton, Jen Lilley, Jodi Sparks and Vicki Gunvalson.

Attendees enjoyed a silent auction, delicious food and grooved to the R&B classics of Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening was Sandie Newton. Julian Movsesian, owner of Succession Capital Alliance, was the event’s honorary chair.

Special awards were given out at the event from Childhelp Co-Founders, Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson. Julian and Aleen Movsesian were presented with the Childhelp Philanthropic Award, for their commitment and generosity towards children’s causes. The Childhelp Lifetime Award was presented to Patti Edwards for her hard work and dedication to Childhelp – she has been supporting Childhelp for 30 years. The Movesians and Edwards are both prominent OC residents. Special thanks also goes to Craig Jackson, Chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson Auction Company, for his continued support of Childhelp and this successful event.

The annual Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala – Orange County is Childhelp’s second largest fundraiser of the year. All proceeds from the gala benefit Childhelp’s programs and services in California.

For 53 years, Childhelp has brought the light of hope and healing into the lives of countless children. CEO and Co-Founder Sara O’Meara and President and Co-Founder Yvonne Fedderson started Childhelp in 1959, establishing it as a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and
neglect and at-risk children. Childhelp’s approach focuses on advocacy, prevention, treatment and community outreach.

The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD®, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and receives calls from throughout the United States, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. Childhelp’s programs and services also include residential treatment services; children’s advocacy centers; therapeutic foster care; group homes and child abuse prevention, education and training.

Childhelp also created the Childhelp National Day of Hope®, held each April during National Child Abuse Prevention Month that mobilizes people across America to join the fight against child abuse.