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Feature News Welcome,

We've had the honor of being involved in several exciting and notable events lately. Three of them are highlighted here.

The first, held at the Montage Beverly Hills, involved royal support for an exceptional non-profit bringing vital services to needy families in SoCal. Then, The Pacific Club in Newport Beach was the venue for a highly informative look at the state of the middle class in California. And, finally, May 1 will showcase incredible individual accomplishments at the San Clemente headquarters of online retailer Stance.

Thank you,
Sinan Kanatsiz
Sinan Kanatsiz
Chief Executive Officer

Feature News Fund-a Need Raises $100K for Local Non-Profit

Caterina's Club was the beneficiary of a very special event held by the American Foundation of Savoy Orders at the Montage Beverly Hills. Caterina's Club is dedicated to supporting homeless and low-income families throughout Southern California through access to nutritional food, stable housing and job training for youth.

The event was led by His Royal Highness Prince Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia, Prince of Venice and Prince of Piedmont, along with Caterina's Club Executive Director Bruno Serato. The mission of the foundation, headquartered in New York, is to support local, national and international charities focusing in medical, educational and humanitarian assistance to the poor, sick and elderly.

The bottom line? Over $100,000 raised for this very worthy cause.

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Future of Middle Class Addressed at Pacific Club

Chapman University and Tangram Interiors were the hosts for a timely and topical edition of the Distinguished Speakers Series at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach. The subject was "How to Save California's Middle Class, as presented by Joel Kotkin, Director of the Chapman Center for Demographics and Policy. The event was introduced by Chapman President Daniele Struppa and Tangram CEO Joe Lozowski.

Kotkin's presentation focused on policies that are hurting the middle class, the working class, young families, minorities and immigrants while accentuating class and ethnic division. The event also included an invitation for area business people to make an annual financial commitment over the next two years to support the Center in developing a new narrative for California to be promoted through social media.

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IEC to Celebrate Exemplary Achievements

The International Executive Council of the Internet Marketing Association will turn its focus to stories of inspirational individual achievement in May. The event will feature U.S. Paralympics gold medalist Megan Blunk, USC long-snapper Jake Olson and Stance founder Jeff Kearl.

Blunk is a two-time Paralympian and one of the world's top athletes in wheelchair basketball. Olson landed a spot with the USC squad despite having become blind as a child. Under Kearl's leadership, Stance is one of the hottest online retail brands with its line of socks, underwear and t-shirts.

The event, open to IEC members and invited guests, will take place on May 1 at the Stance headquarters in San Clemente.

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Hit the Field and Help Do More for Orange County

Here's a fantastic opportunity to compete for corporate glory and score a winning goal for our community. It's the first annual United Way Corporate Soccer Cup!

This recreational-style tournament is being organized by the Orange County Soccer Club and Orange County United Way presented by title sponsor CISOSHARE. Net proceeds will support the United Way Healthy Schools Initiative to help reduce childhood obesity in the county.

If you already have a company team, sign up today. Or assemble your associates for a great day in the Great Park. Sponsorships are also available. Registration deadline is May 3.

Feature News Point in Time Count Illustrates Urgent Need for Action

The Orange County Register has reported preliminary data from the biennial Point in Time count of the homeless in the county. That tally stands at 6,860 people, with 2,899 having some kind of emergency or transitional shelter. The total is a significant increase from the last count in 2017, however this year's survey was much more thorough and sophisticated.

United to End Homelessness, empowered by Orange County United Way, is helping to address this crisis in our communities with a number of programs and collaborations. Click here to find out how you can get involved.
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