Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Jeremy Harris Photo.jpgThe Garden Grove Community Foundation (GGCF) begins the year with a new President and Board of Directors. This year’s President is Jeremy Harris, Garden Grove resident and Senior Vice President for the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. Harris is a long time GGCF member of the Foundation, and former Vice-President.

“Despite these very challenging economic times, it is our goal to continue providing the same high level of programs and activities that enhance the quality of life for the Garden Grove community,” said Harris. Harris officially assumed his new title at the organization’s first board meeting of the year on Monday, February 9.

Other incoming GGCF board officers are: Vice President Andrew Kanzler, Garden Grove Planning Commission; Secretary Liz Polisar, community leader; and Treasurer Jane Oglesby, community leader and arts enthusiast.

Harris takes over leadership of the Foundation from President Steve Jones, who served a two-year term and is also a member of the Garden Grove City Council.

In 2014, the Foundation continued its mission to enrich the community of Garden Grove with programs and events that offered entertainment, enhancement, and something for the entire family.

Over 17,500 music lovers attended the Summer Concert Series, held at Eastgate Park, which has become one of the most popular Foundation events. Over 2,500 concertgoers came out to the final concert and enjoyed entertainment by crowd favorite ‘The Answer,’ playing classic rock and roll. The six-week concert series will be back at Eastgate Park on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 PM starting on July 9, 2015.

Other successful events included the annual Food For Thought Luncheon, along with the Golf Tournament co-sponsored by the Garden Grove Chamber of Commerce. The eleventh annual tournament, scheduled for May 6, 2015 at Willowick Golf Course, is expected to be another sell-out event.

Established in 1998, the GGCF is a non-profit 501c(3) organization dedicated to providing leadership and resources to enhance community life in Garden Grove. The Foundation often partners with other local civic and community groups that promote a similar mission, in order to assist them in their financial endeavors.

If you are a Garden Grove resident, and are interested in supporting the GGCF to ensure that these successful programs continue, tax-deductible donations can be automatically added to your water bill as a pre-designated line item. For further information visit the GGCF website or contact the Foundation office at (714) 741-5280.

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