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Volume 7, Issue 98  |  December 9, 2022

Newport Beach residents support Kidworks’ 16th Annual Foundation for Success Luncheon

A lively panel discussion revealing how influential the late legendary UCLA Head Football Coach Terry Donahue was in the lives of so many athletes and others was a highlight of the recent 16th Annual Foundation for Success Luncheon. Donahue was a longtime Balboa Island resident.

The event supports KidWorks, a Santa Ana-based nonprofit that provides academic, spiritual and leadership programs for underserved children and teens. Attending the event were Coach Donahue’s wife, Andrea, and their daughters along with his brother Pat Donahue and his wife, Paula. 

Other Newport Beach residents in attendance were Steve Craig, Jill and Tom Schriber, Allen Staff, Heidi and Rueben Mendoza, Kyle Team, Beth Kiley, Sharon Kline, Clark Booth, Dennis and Nancy Bear, Ed and Melanie Fitch, John and Kathy Ursini, Kevin and Devon Martin, Steve and Stephanie Rados, Lantz Bell, Stan and Meri Frome, Greg Brown, Steve Perry, Doug Ammerman and Lucy and Rick Rawlins. 

UCLA Athletic Director Martin Jarmond and several other notable UCLA football alumni were present, too.

Newport Beach residents Coach Donahue

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Coach Terry Donahue carried by his fans

The much-anticipated in-person event, held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Santa Ana/Orange County Airport, raised more than $600,000. The yearly luncheon provides the majority of the funding for academic support, character formation and leadership development programs that empower students from under-resourced communities on their journey from Pre-K through their college years.

Coach Donahue’s impact was greatly felt at KidWorks. He was a co-founder of the annual Foundation for Success Luncheon and instrumental in securing top notch speakers for the event including John Wooden, Bill Walton and rival USC Coach John Robinson.

“We were happy to honor the memory of our dear friend Coach Donahue for the support he and his family have provided to KidWorks for so many years,” said David Benavides, KidWorks’ executive director.

When Donahue’s brother Dan passed away unexpectedly in 2002, friends drew upon their resources to raise more than $1 million to help fund the Dan Donahue Center. Later proceeds from the Building Dreams Capital Campaign fueled expansion of the Center so KidWorks could double its capacity to serve children, youth and parents in central Santa Ana.

Led by Pat Donahue, the panel included the Honorable Cormac Carney, former Dallas Cowboy James Washington, UCLA Football Coach Frank Stephens and former UCLA Rose Bowl quarterback Wayne Cook. 

Newport Beach residents Andrea and Tom

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Andrea Donahue and Tom Schriber

All shared personal remembrances of their experiences with the coach, occasionally bringing tears to the eyes of event attendees who were seated at tables decorated with Uncle Dan Bears wearing T-shirts featuring the universities and colleges KidWorks students have attended.

“We thank all of our generous donors for stepping up in Coach Donahue’s honor,” Benavides said. “In partnership with all of our valued supporters and volunteers, we are guiding children and youth towards positive life choices and redirecting their path towards college.” 

Coach Donahue is said to have expressed it best himself, “Opportunity is a precious gift. How often we give it to others, and how we respond when it is given to us, can define our lives.”

To donate, contact Lisa Gels, KidWorks’ manager of partnerships donor relations at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 714.269.9209.

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