The grounds mid-transformation
On August 13th and 20th, members of the AAA Companies family traveled to Oso Lake to work on the Boy Scouts' Campground. The grounds, selected by the non-profit group Helping Hands as their 2016 and 2017 projects, are also used by the YMCA, Cub Scouts, various schools, and other groups. You can read more about their amenities on their website.
Helping Hands volunteers working at the site
AAA employees helped demo and reconstruct a fence, traced out electrical lines, and assisted in painting and landscaping. They were part of a successful effort by the friends of IREM that totaled 150 volunteers. Next year AAA Companies will remained involved in the next phase of the project which includes building restroom and shower facilities.
AAA Companies Account Executive Kim Bangs (Center, Denver Broncos Hat) with some of the other volunteers
On May 4th, AAA Companies was a pin flag sponsor at the 2016 BOMA Golf Classic at Pelican Hill--the flag for every other hole bore our logo. The event featured a silent auction that benefited Socks for Heroes for which we donated a paddling boarding package with an estimated value of $400. The highest bidder won paddling boarding lessons and a barbecue for 4 people at "Baby Beach" at Dana Point Harbor. Our Sales & Marketing Manager Mike Raring organized the auction item and served as a committee member for the event.
Socks for Heroes
Founded in 2011, Socks for Heroes does exactly what it sounds like it does--sends socks to troops stationed overseas. Currently, they are "are supplying 2 Marine Infantry Battalions, a number of Marine support units and many Army Units."
So, why socks? The organization explains:
"[T]he infantry spends all of their time on their feet. They have no laundry facilities, so they have to wash their socks in the canals and air dry them. While in California, this would be no problem, but where they are located, the sand and grit gets into them and make them unusable within a couple of days. Speaking to over 100 field Marines, the answer was uniform: 'Send us Socks.'"
You can learn more about Socks for Heroes history and how you can get involved on their website.
Held all day on Wednesday May 4th, 2016 the BOMA Golf Classic at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast, was organized by BOMA's Orange County chapter . Activities included a Shamble Format round of golf for which foursomes paid up to $3,000 for, the silent auction, and an Orange County PAC Fundraiser. BOMA Orange County chose to support Socks for Heroes because "they are a local charity, receive no federal funding, and support our military." Read more about the event on the official website.
A little under a year ago, an old, rundown apartment complex depreciated less than a mile down the road from the Children's Hospital of Orange County in Orange, CA. Like much rental property in Southern California, it had been untouched for decades, featuring fixtures and architecture from the 1970s. Enter Miracle for Kids.
The organization purchased the property in December of 2014 and has spent the better part of the year since renovating it. October 17th was their most concerted effort. Alongside the Institute for Real Estate Management, AAA Companies, and many other partners, Miracle for Kids turned disrepair into delight.
The goal is to turn the property into Miracle Manor, a 12 unit housing complex for families of children who are receiving treatment at CHOC for chronic or life-threatening diseases. On Saturday, volunteers descended upon the property to renovate not only the property, but the hopes and dreams of these families. Over lunch the parents of a little girl suffering from (disease) spoke, and no eye in the yard was dry.
Bridget & Pat Colby (left), Sophia Colby & IREM OC Mascot McCormick (right)
From the early morning to the late afternoon, the AAA Companies team lent their facility solutions expertise to the process--painting walls, assembling furniture, and installing equipment in both the interior and exterior of the manor. In fact, they've been doing so for months. AAA Sales & Marketing Manager Mike Raring was a board member on the the project and, along with AAA Electrical Manager Vinny Fagella, has been volunteering at the site on various Saturdays throughout the past few months.
In 10 scant months, Phase 1 of the two-phase project is nearing completion. Soon, thanks to the generosity the Miracles for Kids team and their partner organizations, at-risk families will have a place to stay while their children receive the medical treatment they so sorely need.
We're glad to have provided a helping hand.
The IREM Inland Empire’s annual charity golf tournament for The Gavin R. Steven’s Foundation, was an immense success at the beautiful Champion's Club in Corona, CA. The tourney raised funds benefiting The Gavin R. Stevens Foundationhttp://www.gavinsfoundation.org/. AAA Companies considers it is both an honor and a privilege to be a part of Gavin’s journey to combat Leber's Congenital Amaurosis Disease.