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Orange County Children's Therapeutic Arts Center participates in Giving Tuesday campaign

by: Jennifer Nichols
Posted: November 18, 2019


SANTA ANA...This Giving Tuesday, Orange County Children's Therapeutic Arts Center (OCCTAC) will celebrate giving by hosting a live fundraiser for the center's arts education and community services programs.

Giving Tuesday, taking place December 3rd, is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage giving and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Every year on Giving Tuesday, millions of people across the globe (almost 60 countries) mobilize to show up, give back, and change their communities. The goal is to create a massive wave of generosity that lasts well beyond that day and touches every person on the planet. 

OCCTAC joined the Giving Tuesday movement in 2018, raising over $9,000 in a day for its programs that provide arts education and vital community services in Orange County. This year, OCCTAC has a goal of raising $20,000 to help provide OCCTAC students and families with the arts education and services they deserve. OCCTAC students will be performing live at the center on December 3 alongside families, staff and partners who will assist with answering phones and providing fundraising updates.

"OCCTAC is excited to participate in a day that focuses on generosity. All of the money raised during this Giving Tuesday '19 campaign will go directly toward providing artistic programs and community services that empower and transform vulnerable children, youth and families in our community", said Dr. Ana Jimenez-Hami, Executive Director and founder of OCCTAC.

Founded in 2012, Giving Tuesday has inspired millions of people to give back and support the causes they believe in. Over $400 million was raised online in 2018 to benefit a tremendously broad range of organizations, and much more was given in volunteer hours, donations of food and clothing, and acts of kindness. 

 "When GT launched in the US in 2012, we believed that technology and social media could be used to make generosity go viral," said Asha Curran, Giving Tuesday's CEO and co-founder. "We believed in the idea that people fundamentally want to give and to talk about giving; and that the social sector had the capacity to show more innovative leadership, creativity, and collaboration. People and organizations around the world proved us right. As we prepare for December 3, we're energized and encouraged by the community's generosity. The levels of creativity, effort and the quality of the new ideas people have contributed and shared are phenomenal." 

Orange County Children's Therapeutic Arts Center (OCCTAC) was founded by Dr. Ana Jimenez-Hami in the year 2000. After the tragic death of her parents, Dr. Jimenez sought to honor their memory by starting the center. Her love for children with special needs and her parents' humanitarian work gave her the inspiration to launch this unique community organization that focuses on the arts as a vehicle to empower underserved youth, children and families in Orange County. OCCTAC originally began to provide after-school music and art classes to children with special needs. One year later, OCCTAC expanded its mission to provide services to ALL youth, including typical children and at-risk youth due to the high need in the community and lack of artistic programs for underprivileged families. Since then, OCCTAC has grown tremendously and expanded its' level of services offering additional educational, therapeutic and a variety of support programs for families from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds in Orange County.

Those who are interested in joining OCCTAC's Giving Tuesday initiative can visit their website to participate.  For more details about the Giving Tuesday movement, visit the Giving Tuesday website (, Facebook page ( or follow @GivingTuesday and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on Twitter.


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