On Saturday, October 7, amidst the flashing bulbs and excitement of a Hollywood red carpet, Project Access kicked off its “Keys to Success: A Night of Glitz, Glam, and Giving” fundraising event, presented by Bridge Investment Group. Set within the sophisticated cinematic and historic environs of the New Port Theater in beautiful Corona del Mar, California, over 151 attendees dined, danced, laughed, and starred in an incredible fundraising evening that raised over $286,000!

Superstar Sponsor Bridge Investment Group has made a huge impact on Project Access’ initiatives to support the community they serve.

Guests had their own starring roles in a fun-filled salute to Tinsel Town with live music, celebrity impersonators, and the opportunity to bid on some incredible items during the auction. Everyone was ready for their close-up as they had a great time mixing, mingling, fundraising, and having their star turn.

The Project Access Board of Directors and Advisory Members (left to right): Danuel Stanger, Vice Chairman and Chief Investment Officer-Emeritus, Bridge Investment Group; Matt DeGraw, President, Bridge Property Management; Glenn Rogers, CEO, The Rogers Center for Learning; Jonathan Webb, Chief Philanthropy Officer, Affordable Housing Access; Mark Strauss, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Capital Markets Walker & Dunlop; Kristin Byrnes, CEO & President, Project Access; Tom Demchuk, Vice President, Wilmington Trust; Chris Garcia, Vice President CRA Officer, Banc of California; Ruzbeh Daruwalla, Private Investor; and Jason Tajima, Market Manager SVP, BMO Private Bank

It was Hollywood night like no other, jam-packed with heartwarming stories showcasing the positive impact it makes in communities across the nation. It was also a special occasion to put two valued partners in the spotlight, Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County and Banc of California.

Project Access Community Partner Honoree – Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County with the Project Access team, enjoying the red carpet: (left to right) Victoria Vega, Chief Operating Officer, Project Access, Ellie Dinh, Director of Programs & Services – Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, Claudia Keller, CEO, Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, Joan Rivers impersonator, Kristin Byrnes, CEO & President, Project Access, and Daniela Vasile, Vice President of Program Operations, Project Access

The evening concluded with a classic Hollywood ending in the knowledge that the over $286,000 raised will contribute significantly to Project Access’ initiatives to provide essential on-site services such as healthcare, education, community building, and economic assistance to families, children, and seniors through their dedicated resource centers.

The Project Access team gathers for a photo op before the doors open.

Click here to see more highlights of our 2023 Keys to Success Event, A Night of Glitz, Glam, and Giving.


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