Dr. Ana Jimenez-Hami Honored as Everyday Hero by Orange County Register

We are very proud to share the great news that our Founder and President, Dr. Ana Jimenez-Hami, has been honored as an Everyday Hero by Everyday Heroes and Orange County Register.

Please see here the story from Orange County Register:

Everyday Heroes sponsor Fladeboe Automotive Group presented the Fladeboe Hero of the Year award, with President and CEO Denice Fladeboe giving the award to Dr. Ana Jimenez-Hami. As founder and executive director of Orange County Children’s Therapeutic Arts Center, Jimenez-Hami serves at-risk and special-needs children by providing music and arts programs.

Dr. Ana Jimenez-Hami (center) holds up her Fladeboe Hero of the
Year honor presented by Fladeboe Automotive Group CEO
Denice Fladeboe (at left) at the Jan. 28 Everyday Heroes
Awards gala alongside Register reporter Samantha Dunn
(at right).
Jimenez-Hami, who came from a humble background, is powered by the strong belief of her parents in the importance of a good education and giving back to the community. The tragic loss of both her parents was a catalyst to continue her education in their memory. Jimenez-Hami went on to receive a doctorate from USC.
Her center serves the needs more than 1,000 young people, and she receives no salary. As a tribute to this commitment, Fladeboe surprised Jimenez-Hami when she approached the stage to accept an award with a bonus gift: the choice of a new Volkswagen Jetta or Honda Civic.
Jimenez-Hami said she was humbled by the honor, then quickly shifted focus from herself to the children she serves.
"I try to remind a child who doesn't believe they can succeed in life, there's always a way," Jimenez-Hami said. "Where there's a will, there's a way.

http://www.ocregister.com/insideocr/heroes-599641-others-everyday.html

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