CommerceWest Bank, a California-based commercial bank focused on business community, joined forces with United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Orange County for its annual Life Without Limits fundraising event. The partnership aims to assist children with disabilities, including cerebral palsy, and help them receive specialized care.
“It is important for children with disabilities to be able to feel acceptance and inclusion,” said CommerceWest Bank Chairman and CEO Ivo A. Tjan in a press release. “The services that UCP provides are critical to closing developmental gaps and they empower families to care for children with special needs. We are honored to have been able to be part of that.”
UCP-OC’s mission is to help children with disabilities and their families live the best possible lives, by fostering an attitude of acceptance and inclusion. The organization was founded in 1953, and was originally established to assist people of any age, suffering from cerebral palsy.
Over more than 60 years of service, the organization has seen a growing demand for services for children with more generalized disabilities and has streamlined its focus to include other children. Now, UCP-OC offers specialized care programs to more than 3,700 children and their families every year, seeking to give them all a “life without limits.”
The 2016 Life Without Limits Gala took place April 2 at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, California. The annual event celebrated the families that UCP-OC serves, as well as important community members and leaders who support UCP’s vision for children with disabilities.
The gala honored Dana L. Dowers as UCP’s Legacy Award Recipient, and the Horowitz Group as UCP’s Corporate Impact Award Recipient, for its work and impact on the organization over the years.
The Life Without Limits Gala is UCP-OC’s largest annual fundraiser, garnering nearly half of all UCP-OC’s philanthropic support. The organization relies on annual donations to continue to provide comprehensive programs to children who suffer from life-conditioning disabilities, by improving their quality of life, helping them achieve their full potential, and increasing their acceptance and inclusion in their communities.