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Orange County Commmunity Foundation names first recipient of leadership award

Vivian Clecak of Human Options receives first Judith Swayne Leadership Award

by Jason WheelerPublished: December 05, 2012 09:15 AM

The Orange County Community Foundation, OCCF, honored its first recipient of the Judith Swayne Leadership Award at the organization’s annual meeting last month. Vivian Clecak, co-founder and CEO of Human Options, the shelter for abused women and their families, was presented the award at the OCCF meeting at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel.

The award, named after Judith Swayne, the founder and past president of OCCF, honors exemplary leaders of non-profit organizations of Orange County. The foundation sought to honor Swayne’s visions and philanthropic passions that contributed to OCCF and the Orange County community

Clecak was chosen as the first recipient for her leadership of Human Options. Clecaks’ vision set the bar for the organization’s effectiveness and innovation in aiding vulnerable women and children.

“Vivian has been the life-blood and driving force behind Human Options’ growth and development into one of the most respected nonprofits, not just in Orange County, but in the domestic violence field across the nation,” Human Options spokesperson Brenda Springer wrote in an email. “This made her the perfect candidate for such an award.

OCCF’s annual meeting also reported to the community how they used the assets given to them as well as their annual report. Their newest effort, ConnectOC, which compiles and analyzes data about the community, was launched during the event as well.

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