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O.C. philanthropists honored at National Philanthropy Day Orange County luncheon

Joann Leatherby with be honored and presented with a musical tribute

by Scott McCourtneyPublished: November 15, 2012 01:45 PM

O.C. philanthropist Joann Leatherby of Silverado being honored today by National Philanthropy Day Orange County's Lifetime Achievement award for her impact upon the arts, education and disadvantaged children.  The award will be presented at this year’s Awards Luncheon today at the Hyatt Regency of Orange County. She will also receive a song-and-dance tribute from Chapman University’s annual American Celebration.

Leatherby is an active member of Chapman’s Board of Trustees since 1994, chair of the school’s Advancement Committee and is the 2012 Gala Chair for the American Celebration, which features live song and dance entertainment accompanied by a live orchestra that is all provided by over 100 Chapman students.

Leatherby has been a huge supporter of Chapman University for decades and played a key role in providing an extensive vision for Chapman’s future.  She has also spearheaded the campaign to build Leatherby Libraries and create the Chapman Plan, which has led to increased institutional support for undergraduate and graduate programs.

After accepting her award, The American Celebration Encore will be preformed by some of Chapman’s Performing Arts students. “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Shall We Dance?” and “I Could Have Danced all Night” will be preformed in tribute to Leatherby and all her hard work.

The National Philanthropy Day Orange County has become one of the most prominent events in Orange County, with more than 1,000 honorees since its inception in 1985. Some past honorees include local philanthropists Donald Bren, Marion Knott, Henry Segerstrom and Henry and Susan Samueli.

Other local philanthropists who are also being honored for their work at today’s event are the Assistance League of Anaheim, as this year’s Outstanding Philanthopic Group; Bruno Serato, Outstanding Philanthropist; Ronald M. Simon, Outstanding Founder, founder of the Simon Scholars Program and the Simon Foundation for Education and Housing; S.D. Deacon Corp., Outstanding Small Business; Farmers & Merchants Bank, Outstanding Mid-Sized Corporation; The PIMCO Foundation, Outstanding Large Corporation; Nikita Urs, Outstanding Youth or Youth Group; and Joe Lins, Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser.

Marybelle and S. Paul Musco, winners of last year’s Lifetime Achievements award, are the Honorary Chairs of the event and also serve as American Celebration Honorary Gala Chairs.  

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