Rebecca Knowles

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Honoree: Rebecca Knowles

Honored by: Bank of America

Becca volunteered over 500 hours last year.


Michelle Goldman

Honoree: Michelle Goldman

Honored by: Junior League of Orange County California

Cause Area: Community & Capacity Building

As Junior League of Orange County (JLOCC) Junior League Juniors (JLJ) Manager, Michelle Goldman supports the JLOCC mission, vision, and strategic plan by leading the effort to develop the next generation of philanthropic leaders by creating an engaging and meaningful JLJ curriculum. She is gracious, enthusiastic, and diligent. Even though JLJ had 6 months to get their first event planned and executed Michelle had the entire year’s curriculum developed and organized with the first event well ahead of all goals and expectations. She accomplished all of this while living in Chicago for several months dealing with a family emergency. She has the ability to radiate sunshine throughout the Community Council. She has an infectious positivity that is vital when overcoming obstacles and challenges. The Community Council deals with many moving parts in order to deliver a quality, League-authorized/appropriate event that is both engaging and significant to all involved. Michelle has the ability to take the more tedious tasks and make them somewhat joyful to do. I really appreciate her ability to make others feel happy. She strives for greatness in all that she does. Michelle doesn’t let much get in her way and works diligently to create a quality experience for both League members and the community we serve. Additionally, even though she works on the Community Council she is always seeking ways to assist in our fund development efforts and in spreading the message about our wonderful League. Michelle has a beautiful soul and luminous personality. She represents the League with grace and class and is continually striving to strengthen our League and create a better community by establishing a solid foundation for this important new League project. She hasn’t let obstacles like the ones she faced in her personal life deter her from creating a first-class program that showcases what the best of what the League represents.

Lauren Kirkland

Honoree: Lauren Kirkland

Honored by: Junior League of Orange County California

Cause Area: Community & Capacity Building

As a member of Junior League of Orange County (JLOCC) Impact OC Committee, Lauren Kirkland supports the JLOCC mission, vision, and strategic plan by immediately hitting the ground running. She quickly develops relationships with her assigned community partners and finds ways to partner with her committee. As a volunteer, she has been a leader in finding engaging and exciting events for the League, all while carrying a very busy work/travel schedule and planning her wedding. The League is very fortunate to have such a wonderful woman who is inspiring, driven, and focused. She always has a smile on her face and never complains. The Impact OC committee and the League are impacted in a positive way because of her ability to find and organize events with our community partners quickly and efficiently. The JLOCC is a better organization because no matter how busy she is, she always finds a way to make it work. Quite simply, she is AWESOME!!