Dan Korpman, Danielle Drucker, Pascal Olhats, Vanessa Moore, Brett Lawrence

"Cheers for Literacy" Bar Battle

Brasserie Pascal, Newport Beach, CA
March 27, 2013

The Parisian style bar at Brasserie Pascal set the stage for the first “Libations For Literacy - Celebrity Bar Battle” as four of OC’s super stars bartended in teams of two against each other to raise the most cash tip donations to benefit Literacy Project Foundation. Team “Dan-Dan,” Danielle Drucker and Dan Korpman, took first place; and Team “VanBrett,” Vanessa Moore and Brett Lawrence, increased awareness for the cause. Thanks to the generous guests in attendance, $1000 was raised to help at-risk students learn to read.

Friendship and generosity were in the air that night at Brasserie Pascal. The best way to toast is knowing you’re helping students learn to read for a better future." - Restaurateur Pascal Olhats

  • Kathy & Dino Crifasi
  • Kayla Pringle, Evan Dorian, Lacey Horning, Peyton Kelly
  • Brett Lawrence, Vanessa Moore, Pascal Olhats
  • Annie Foster Freedland, Aimee Richter, Howard Freeland
  • Randy Nesbitt, Michelle Drucker, Danielle Drucker, Dan Korpman, Debbie Drucker-Nesbitt
  • Monette & Steve Zodovich
  • Barbara Eidson, Sue Tucker
  • Kimberly Vig
  • Rita Goldberg, Cindy Moskowitz
  • Kylee Belflower, Britni Lopez

Mark Victor Hansen, Sue Tucker, Doug Freeman, JoAnn Albers

'What Dreams are Made Of' Annual Benefit Luncheon

Marconi Automotive Museum, Tustin, CA
September 27, 2012

The impressive $30 million car collection displayed at the Marconi Automotive Museum was the perfect setting for the Literacy Project Foundation (LPF) to discuss future dreams and a vision of success for young at-risk kids. The third annual benefit luncheon “What Dreams Are Made Of” was highly successful in making new friends with over 200 guests while raising $30,000 to provide a “no cost” reading program to classrooms and after-school programs in Orange County school districts. Mark Victor Hansen, author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, gave the keynote address. Hansen, whose own parents were illiterate, delivered a touching and passionate speech about his personal journey through the world of literacy and the risks society faces when great minds are left behind. Another major highlight was when five students who graduated from our program took the stage with their Role Models; adults who represented the career they dream to have in their future. The event’s success was made possible by major sponsors consisting of JoAnn Albers, First Foundation Advisors, Mark Victor Hansen, Lee Ann Canaday / REMAX Fine Homes, Frome Family Foundation, Timothy J. Molnar, CFP, Disneyland Resort and Barbara and Mike Shangraw among others.

  • Jeannie Lawrence, Janie Merkle, Lee Ann Canaday, JoAnn Albers, Barb Shangraw
  • Lee Hausner Ph.D, Kellie B. (age 11)
  • Bobby Grich, Ramiro
  • Sue Parks
  • Christa Lee Canaday, Lee Ann Canaday
  • Timothy J. Molnar, Paula Karcher, Janie Merkle, Matt Brunwin
  • Jeannie Lawrence, Starr (age 9)
  • Kayla (age 9), Kareen Espino
  • Jolie Hales, Disneyland Resort Ambassador
  • Lindsay Anderson, Danielle Drucker, Kimberly Vig, Alex Wood

Kimberly Vig, Danielle Drucker, Jo Anne Modarelli

LIV-OC: Landmark Steakhouse Social

Landmark Steakhouse, Corona del Mar, CA
June 13, 2012

Literacy In Vision Board Members Dan Korpman, JoAnn Modarelli, Amara Omoregie, Russell Watts, Aaron Young, and Britni Lopez hosted the “LIV-OC: Landmark Steakhouse Social” to raise awareness for the Literacy Project Foundation. Proceeds from the event benefited the students at Sunkist Elementary School who recently graduated from LPF’s 10-week literacy program. About 30 guests joined LIV’s young philanthropists to “Gather, Toast, and LIV” in the name of literacy. President Dan Korpman addressed the crowd and announced LPF Master Teacher Kara Gregory, who shared her experience on LPF’s front lines in Orange County elementary schools. Guests enjoyed live music donated by supporter Jabe Amato, appetizers courtesy of Landmark Steakhouse, and cherry vodka cocktails sponsored by Grey Goose Cherry Noir. Guests included Alan Freeman, LPF President Sue Tucker, Crystal Cannon, Casey Arisohn, Erin Gargan, Paulina Valdez, Peter Mudge, Alicia Bedrosian, Jonathan Chortanian, Rico Ferrante, Marisol Garcia, Tamara Copeland, Paul Johnson, Mimosa Lam-My, Natalie Heimstra, Danielle Drucker, Kimberly Vig, Kara Gregory and Scott Dicus.

  • Paulina Valdez, Peter Mudge
  • Kara Gregory and Scott Dicus
  • Daniel Korpman, Erin Gargan, Natalie Heimstra
  • Raffle winner Mimosa Lam-My
  • Marisol Garcia, Tamara Copeland
  • Alicia Bedrosian, Jonathan Chortanian
  • Rico Ferrante, Crystal Cannon, Casey Arisohn
  • Britni Lopez, Paulina Valdez, Amara Omoregie, Chris Smith, Raymond Fuentes


Winter Wonderland 2011 Signature Jewelry Extravaganza

Traditional Jewelers, Newport Beach, CA
November 17, 2011

Literacy Project Foundation would like to thank owner Lula Halfacre, daughter Natalie and the staff at Traditional Jewelers for a generous partnership for the 2011 Winter Wonderland event. The elegant in-store holiday event held at Fashion Island, raised over $3,000 to fund Literacy Project Foundation's literacy program and teaching efforts at OC's most at-risk schools.


1st Annual "Fore Dreams" Pacific Coast Invitational to support Literacy Project Foundation

Pelican Hill Golf Club, Newport Coast, CA
September 23, 2011

With the glistening Pacific Coast offering a picturesque sunset at Pelican Hill Golf Club, our first annual golf tournament proved a tremendous success! Congratulations to sponsor Gary Brewer of Digital Eye Studios and his foursome for taking top crown. LIV president Dan Korpman nabbed the coveted longest drive and Jim Andronaco stuck the closet to the pin! Guests danced the night away when wives, girlfriends and friends joined golfers in the gorgeous Mar Vista ballroom for dinner and the Mr. J band. Special thanks to our sponsors this year; First Foundation Advisors, Safety Supply America, Rockstar Energy Drink, Riviera Magazine, Rancho Las Lomas, White, Nelson & Co., Digital Eye Media, Pelican Hill Resort, Svedka Vodka, Janie Merkle / Re/MAX Fine Homes, Strategic Perception, Inc., and Pascal Olhats among others.

Chad Latham, Sara Garske, Bronson Tahele

Literacy in Vision kicks off fundraiser to support Literacy Project Foundation

Commonwealth Lounge & Grill, Newport Beach, CA
March 10, 2011

Literacy in Vision (LIV) hosted its inaugural "friendraiser" at Commonwealth Restaurant in Newport Beach with some 50 guests to help raise awareness for LPF's literacy programs. Commonwealth Restaurant owner Dave George was on hand to greet guests and provide hors d'oeuvres in the upstairs lounge. The friendraiser is the kick off of the LIV support guild that will stage lively events throughout the year. LIV was created as a philanthropic arm of the Literacy Project Foundation to bring together colleagues who share an interest in bringing the gift of literacy to underprivileged and struggling readers. Guests included Dan Walters, Renee Valencia, Alan Freeman, LPF President Sue Tucker, volunteers Danielle Drucker and Jessica Cunningham, Travis Cannon and sister Crystal, Chad Latham, Sara Garske, Bronson Tahele, Jeannie, Richard, and Brett Lawrence, Dan Korpman, Romteen Youssefi, Casey Arisohn, and Cara Hess among others.

  • Crystal Cannon, Casey Arisohn, Cara Hess
  • Dan Walters & Renee Valencia
  • Jessica Cunningham & Danielle Drucker
  • Romteen Youssefi & Jessica Cunningham

Chauncey Veatch, Sue Tucker, Doug Freeman, David Long, PhD.

Literacy Project Foundation’s 2nd Annual Luncheon

Big Canyon Country Club, Newport Beach, CA
May 20, 2010

The Literacy Project Foundation’s (LPF) “What Dreams Are Made Of” event on May 20th, 2010 at Big Canyon Country Club raised awareness of LPF’s mission and vision of success for young at-risk kids. The second annual luncheon was highly successful in making new friends with over 100 guests while raising some $20,000 to serve classrooms and after-school programs in Southern California school districts with their literacy program. Award-winning education specialist Chauncey Veatch, the 2002 National Teacher of the Year served as a keynote speaker and was joined by LPF Board Chairman Doug Freeman, President/CEO Sue Tucker, and five Project Hope students and their role models. The event’s success was made possible by major sponsors Douglas and Lynn Freeman, Ernest and Irma Rose Foundation, Sue and Stephen L. Tucker, Mary and Walter Frome Family Foundation, Liz Merage, Marc Levin, Bob Latimer, Catherine and James Emmi, Mabel and David Wheeler, former California State Senator and Secretary of Education Marian Bergeson, Jeannie Lawrence, JoAnn and Anthony Fanticola, and Virginia Mangione among others.

  • JoAnn Fanticola & Liz Merage
  • Bill Habermehl & Gary Brewer
  • Catherine Emmi & Mary Frome & Lynn Freeman
  • Chad Latham & Andrea O’Neil
  • Emily Romano & Kim Vig
  • Marian Bergeson & Barbara Eison
  • Marshall Kaplan, Jeannie Lawrence, Bob Latimer
  • Gary Brewer, Dan Aldrich, Deborah Vandell
  • Bill Manclark & Salice(student)

Dan Aldrich III Ph.D., David Long, PhD., Sue Tucker, Bill Habermehl , Steve Tucker

Literacy Project Foundation Inaugural Luncheon

Big Canyon Country Club, Newport Beach, CA
May 20, 2009

The Literacy Project Foundation’s (LPF) inaugural fundraising luncheon on May 20, 2009 at Big Canyon Country Club raised awareness of their mission to provide its reading program to after school programs at no cost. The event, “What Dreams Are Made Of,” was successful in making friends with some 80 guests and raising $25,000 to serve three after school programs in Orange County school districts; Project Hope, MLK Group Home, and ACCESS. Former California Secretary of Education David Long Ph.D. served as keynote speaker and was joined by special guests; former California State Senator and Secretary of Education and Board Member Marian Bergeson, Board Member and Senior Counsel of the University of California Dan Aldrich III, Ph.D., OC Department of Education Supervisor Bill Habermehl, Steve Tucker, and emcees Ann Pulice and Rick Reiff from KOCE-TV. Also in the crowd were Liz Merage, Debbie Bridges, Doug Freeman, Lee Hausner, Janet Ray, Kelly Roberts, Casey Reinhardt, Betty Moss-Politivo, Linda Yellin, John Stahr, Valerie Whiting, Robyn Grant, Laurie Rodnick, JoAnn Fanticola, Virginia Mangione, Rebecca McLarand, Jeannie Lawrence, and Wally Gayner. The event’s success was made possible by major sponsors consisting of the Frome Family Foundation, Daranne & Paul Folino, The Argyros Family Foundation, Liz Merage, Lee Hausner, Marta Bhathal, Deborah & Larry J. Bridges, Cindy Galardi, Jeannie Lawrence, Fred Davis, Janet & James “Walkie” Ray, Casey Reinhardt / The C.A.S.E.Y. Foundation, and Kelly Roberts among others.

  • Emcees Ann Pulice & Rick Reiff / KOCE-TV
  • Janet Ray & Board Member Marian Bergeson
  • Student guest speakers Dilan, Janae and Destiny with David Long
  • LPF Master Teachers Kim Crecelius, Gina Gearn & Kathleen Hurst
  • Linda Yellin, JoAnn Fanticola, Melissa Knode
  • Laurie Rodnick, Rebecca McLarand
  • Guest students Destiny & Janae with Get Set Read! literacy product
  • Emcee Rick Reiff, Debbie Bridges
  • Diane Cristy, Jeannie Lawrence, Debra Russell
  • Luncheon Grand Ballroom at Big Canyon Country Club
  • Casey Reinhardt, Kelly Roberts
  • Janie Merkle, Betty Mower-Potalivo

Dr. Frank Crinella, Sue Tucker, Pascal Olhats

Brasserie Pascal Grand Opening

Fashion Island, Newport Beach, CA
July 14, 2009

In support of the Literacy Project Foundation (LPF), more than 225 guests attended the grand opening of Pascal Olhats’ Brasserie Pascal in Fashion Island for a “Bastille Day Celebration” on July 14, 2009. The event raised over $5,000 for LPF’s reading programs, to service after school programs in OC School Districts. Owner and French immigrant Pascal Olhats was compassionate about honoring LPF with his special grand opening since he believes literacy is a foundational tool that ensures success in America. The cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception offered award winning wines courtesy of Crinella Winery with vintner Dr. Frank Crinella in attendance as an honorary guest and proprietor Pascal Olhats on hand to welcome guests with tastings of his new cuisine served in the more casual French atmosphere of Brasserie Pascal.

  • Romuald Crist, Lauren Nielsen
  • Kathleen Hurst, Nicole Cinquini
  • Lori DiBella, Fran Reiner
  • Isabelle Villasenor, Catherine Lemmons, Virgina Mangione
  • Richard Doane, Ann Peterson
  • Tony Natale, Debra Ann Nickel
  • Kay & Kelly Kelly
  • Ev Parrella, Sylvia Burnett
  • Ben Warner, Joy Troupe
  • Michael Cho, Steve Johnson