The Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off Committee and the Tustin Community Foundation are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 donations. The more funds raised by the event, the larger the donations so please mark your calendars and plan to attend!
About Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts...
TACFA’s signature program, Broadway in the Park is perfectly aligned with the Council’s mission to develop, showcase and support the arts within the greater Tustin area. This donation will be used to help defray the cost to put on this first class musical production with a professional cast and allow the ticket price to remain low and family friendly. A portion of the donation will help fund the "Creating Community Art" program offered in TUSD Schools.
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.”