The Holidays can be Murder 2017 Murder Mystery Dinner Fundraiser Celebrate Christmastime in August with a complete holiday dinner, lots of laughs and an evening of fun solving this holiday caper! NEW THIS YEAR... PRIZES for the winning sleuths! Brand new format! Holiday treats and all the trimmings! Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 5:30 - 9:00 pm Individual Tickets $80 | Couples Tickets $150
Join us at the 7th annual d'Vine Wine Affair where you'll enjoy fine wines, craft beer, flavored waters and fabulous tastes from our Chefs Gourmet! Underwritten by local individuals and businesses, this year's event looks to be the best one yet!
TCF Board Member Letitia Clark Named one of OC Metro Magazine's "The Hot 25"
Letitia Clark reminds herself daily of a piece of advice a mentor gave her long ago, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”
For Clark – the executive director of the Orange County Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which represents more than 500 O.C. pediatricians and advocates for the health and wellbeing of the county’s children – the statement carries a great deal of truth.
This year, Clark has set some ambitious goals for AAP Orange County. She wants the nonprofit to become sustainable. Currently, a portion of the organization’s funding comes from Prop. 10’s tobacco tax. However, because of the decrease in smoking and the growing popularity of electronic cigarettes, that money is dwindling. Also on Clark’s schedule are more galas and dinners to bring awareness to the AAP’s pivotal programs, such as Reach Out and Read, which distributes books to parents who cannot afford to buy them.
In addition to being the voice of the AAP, Clark founded the Black Professionals of Orange County, an organization dedicated to providing professional development and networking opportunities for African Americans.
The Tustin native studied politics and government at Xavier University of Louisiana. She jumped into public policy by working as a legislative aide to a New Orleans councilwoman during the time Hurricane Katrina struck. That experience, Clark says, was influential in her career as she learned to act on her feet and approach situations calmly.
Motherhood has also heavily influenced Clark’s everyday routine. She had never envisioned having a family, but the mother of 7-year-old twins is glad she did. “Parenting sharpens my skills as a professional. At home, I’m a multi-tasker, conflict resolver, strategic planner and advocate. For me, being a mom is like being in school. I learn something new every day.”