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Project Access Raises $250,000 at the 12th Annual Keys to Success Gala

The Fire and Ice Soirée Raised Funds for Project Access’ Services that Benefit Low-Income Children, Families, and Seniors

ORANGE, CALIF., September 19, 2017 – Project Access today announced that it raised $250,000 at its 12th Annual Keys to Success Gala. The “Fire and Ice” soirée took place on Saturday, September 16th at Seven-Degrees in Laguna Beach.

“Project Access is grateful for the outpouring of support and generosity that we received at the Keys to Success Gala,” said Kathy McCarrell, President and CEO of Project Access. “The funds raised at the event are so critical to helping us serve low-income children, parents and seniors, and we are delighted that our guests had a great time while helping strengthen our communities.”

Guests at the event enjoyed an elegant surf and turf dinner, cocktails, silent auction, dancing, a live aerialist, fire dancers, and live music from former American Idol contestant Adam Lasher. Guests also won live auction items such as exclusive tickets to see Hamilton in Los Angeles, a Viking River Cruise, and getaways to Aspen, Sonoma, and more. Major sponsors for the event included:


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About Project Access

Project Access is a 501(c)(3)nonprofit organization with headquarters in Orange, California and Oakland, California. The mission of Project Access is to be the leading provider of vital on-site health, education, and employment services to low-income families, children, and seniors. Founded in 1999, Project Access is committed to giving low-income families the tools they need to break the cycle of poverty by becoming healthier, further educated, and financially stable. Project Access currently operates more than 60 Family and Senior Resource Centers throughout California, Colorado, Texas, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, and Arizona. Our resource centers serve as “one-stop-shop” community hubs that provide low-income families with the resources needed to achieve financial self-sufficiency. This unique model of service delivery allows Project Access to directly impact the lives of hard to reach pockets of underserved, impoverished families in their own backyards. In 2016, Project Access’ programs served 14,000 people.