Helping to Feed Hungry Children in Orange County
ORANGE COUNTY CHARITY FOR DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN
The Roosters is a charity and social organization, consisting of 100 professional men, with diverse backgrounds, from the greater Orange County area of Southern California. Each year, we raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for disadvantaged children. February 2014 marked the 37th year that the Roosters have been active in philanthropy and outstanding community service. We are a 501-C-3 tax-exempt corporation (33- 0764177) that provides a cost effective means of fund raising with marketing advice and support for small, local children’s charities and community groups that do not get national or government funding.
Over the years, the Roosters have been recognized by the news media, the Orange County Board of Supervisors, the State of California and the United States Congress. Roosters’ Food & Wine Celebration joins the Roosters Foundation Food Drive (This year will feed 3,500 families with needy and at-risk children representing as many as 40,000 people living below the poverty line in Orange County) and the Rooster Golfing 4 Kids fundraiser is our annual Roosters Children’s Charity Golf Tournament in placing the Roosters amongst the foremost men’s charity organizations in the United States.
Annual Roosters Food Drive – December
Started in 1995 by past President Jeff Smith in the parking lot of Chanteclair Restaurant (now Posch) with 100 boxes of food. “Because it was the right thing to do,” according to Jeff. When Jeff was elected president of Roosters in 2008, Jon Giberson became the event chairman. Jeff still serves as Chairman Emeritus. Joe Schoenig, Executive Director and Jerry Creekpaum, General Manager of Second Harvest invited us to have the Food Drive at their warehouse on the El Toro Marine base Irvine in 2008. This saved us several thousand dollars a year and improved logistics. Since 1995 the Roosters have given over 26,000 boxes of food to needy families. The food box contains a 15 pound frozen turkey, potatoes, stuffing, carrots, canned fruits and vegetables to feed 8-10 people. As of our 16th annual event in 2011, we have fed over 250,000 people.
YEARS IN REVIEW
The Roosters, a non-profit charitable organization, is comprised of professional businessmen that donate to disadvantaged and at risk children by supporting public and private programs. The Roosters has been active in philanthropy for 34-years and were honored by the Orange County Board of Supervisors, theCalifornia State Senate, United States Congress, and the Governor of California for “outstanding” community service. This year, Roosters will be responsible for raising a net $3,500 per Member, one of the highest such figures in the nation.
Outgoing 2017 President Message
It was my honor and privilege to be the President of the Roosters Foundation in 2017. It was a memorable year.
2017 was a tumultuous Geopolitical Year: A New President , The Women’s March, A Total Solar Eclipse, Rage in Charlottesville, FBI Director fired , Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria ravaged Texas, Puerto Rico and the Southeast, Vegas shooting, California wildfires,#METOO year of reckoning, were just some of the major events in 2017.
The Roosters Foundation celebrated its 40th year in existence. In that 40 years, the Roosters Foundation has feed hundreds of thousands Orange County families. In addition, over a million dollars has been granted by the Roosters to Orange County Charities that provide hands on services to children in need and at risk.
In 2017 the Roosters Foundation once again through its Holiday Food Drive provided 30,000 Holiday Dinners. The Roosters Foundation Grants granted out over $ 100,000.00 to Orange County Charities.
The Orange County Food and Wine Celebration was a tremendous success. The two day event was split by a week and generated the funds for the Roosters Grants and the Holiday Food Drive. The Annual Roosters Golf Tournament was successful and provided tens of thousands of dollars to the Roosters Foundation.
In conclusion, the Roosters Foundation in 2017, once again accomplished its mission, “To facilitate and encourage lifelong friendships, while performing charitable works on behalf of children in need and at risk”.
Steven Smith, President 2017
Roosters Awards Check to Second Harvest Food Bank
Roosters Treasurer, Jeff Scheibner, Presents a Check to Second Harvest Food Bank for 3500 Turkeys
Lorina Smith, Food Resources Coordinator for Second Harvest, accepts a check for $13,500. This was the down payment on the approximately 3,500 turkeys that we will give away this December at our annual Food Drive. The budget for this year’s Food Drive is only about $60,000 thanks to Food Drive Chairman Jon Giberson, Chairman Emeritus, Jeff Smith and the buying power of Second Harvest because they were able to negotiate a reduction of the price for the turkeys from $1.29 per pound down to $.89 per pound. Last year, the budget was about $75,000 to buy and distribute 3,500 turkeys and all of the fixings.
Roosters Awards Grant to Fristers
Alli Woodard, Executive Director of Fristers, received a check for $4,000 from Roosters Charity Chairman, Lou Gardner. Fristers is an organization dedicated to addressing the unique needs of teen mothers, ages 13-25. Our mission is to provide a weekly program that provides parenting and life skills education, community resources, tools and real life stories to equip young moms so that they can lead successful, self sufficient, not system-dependent, lives.
Roosters Awards Check to Crime Survivors
Lou Gardner, Roosters Charity Chairman, presents a $4,000 check to Patricia Wenskunas, Founder/Chief Executive Officer of Crime Survivors and David Hayward, President, Crime Survivors. Crime Survivors is committed to serving the community by being an advocate and resource for crime victims and their families. If a victim doesn’t know where to turn, or is confused or frustrated with the public services that are available as they recover or seek justice, Crime Survivors can help.