Name: SOCO and The OC Mix
Location: Costa Mesa, CA
Business: Defining the ultimate design and culinary experience, with over 70 carefully curated, restaurants, showrooms and stores.
1) Project Hope Alliance: When and how did you first hear about Project Hope Alliance?
We were first introduced to Project Hope Alliance in 2014 through Kitchen Table Marketing + PR, a phenomenal agency serving both SOCO and PHA. SOCO is a destination for inspiration, and PHA's mission inspired us all.
2) Why did you choose to get involved and take action?
When we learned of PHA's commitment to ending the cycle of homelessness in Orange County, one child at a time, and of the tens of thousands of homeless children struggling here, we knew we had to help combat this issue in our own backyard.
3) In what ways do you help fuel our mission?
For the second year in a row, we named PHA as the beneficiary of SOCO Uncorked, our annual wine and food pairing experience featuring our award-winning restaurants and more than 30 wine producers from around the world. Through ticket sales, wine purchases, and generous donations from guests and sponsors, our 2016 event raised more than $10,000 for PHA, which will help end homelessness for seven Orange County families. We planned the event for eight months, and we are absolutely grateful for and thrilled with the results! To date, we have donated more than $20,000 to PHA through SOCO Uncorked.
Additionally, during the holidays all complimentary gift wrap donations go toward PHA.
4) Who are you when you're not changing the lives of the kids and families we serve?
We are Orange County's central shopping destination, housing more than 70 carefully curated, restaurants, showrooms, and stores that cater to home decor, food and culinary, fashion and design, and the unique SOCO and The OC Mix experience. Our goal is to inspire the decorator, designer, chef, trendsetter, and creative in you and in the members of our family—who are part of our story and embedded in our SOCO soul. We host numerous weekly events throughout the year, ranging from cooking classes to our SOCO Farmer's Market every Saturday.
5) What gives you hope, and why?
The creative, enterprising, passionate, and philanthropic spirit of the Orange County community gives us hope for a bright and ever-evolving future.
Thank you, SOCO and The OC Mix, for giving the gift of hope.