Thursday, February 27, 2014

Happy to be Recipients of a ZONTA CLUB of Newport Harbor Grant

Dear Amigos!

We are very happy and grateful to be awarded a $5000 grant by the Zonta Club of Newport Harbor.
We will apply the funds in accordance with the Zonta Club's mission to advance the status of women and girls in the Orange County community.

Dr. Ana will be attending the Zonta Grants Dinner Program tonight.

Thank you to everyone at the Zonta Club for their support of our Center's mission!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Sharing the Spirit of St. Valentine - Thank you to Arturo and Susan Echarte!

Dear Amigos,

We feel loved! We were recently contacted by Arturo and Susan Echarte, founders and leaders of Acoustic for a Change who enquired whether we could use donated instruments. Of course we can! We always need instruments. Arturo and Susan gifted us with a beautiful piano, a Fender guitar, and an amplifier for our music programs. Please check out their website! Arturo and Susan Echarte have enriched the lives of so many youth in our communities by donating instruments, providing music lessons for underprivileged youth, live entertainment for charity events, and so much more! We are truly grateful to Arturo and Susan for coming by, taking a tour of the center and becoming a huge part of the OCCTAC family!

What a sweet Valentine surprise!

Wishing you all Much Love!

Monday, February 3, 2014

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.

Thank you for your support of our students!