updated 6/13/2011 6:46:57 PM ET 2011-06-13T22:46:57

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., June 13, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Junior League of Orange County, CA, Inc., (JLOCC) has given its Kathryn Raulston Award to longtime member Cathie Cardelucci. The award is in recognition of outstanding service to the JLOCC and to the community.

Jessica, Cathie and Catherine Cardelucci
Kathryn Raulston Award Winner Cathie Cardelucci (Center) with daughters Jessica (L), & Catherine (R)




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Cardelucci, a JLOCC member for 22 years, has served twice on its Board of Directors. She has participated in community service projects and chaired the JLOCC's largest annual fundraiser, The Christmas Company. Under her leadership, The Christmas Company achieved its most profitable year in its 35-year history. She also has been active in growing the organization's membership. 

Cardelucci's JLOCC community project work has included participation in StopGap, an alcohol awareness program for students in Orange County elementary schools. She has also taken part in Impact Orange County, which offers "done in a day" services to nonprofit organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club. As a sustaining member of the JLOCC, Cardelucci has acted as an advisor for various committees over the years. She has involved both of her daughters in these efforts, virtually since their births. Last year, her daughters Jessica and Catherine, now graphic design professionals, donated their print layout and design services for materials used for The Christmas Company.

"I live by the motto 'learn, grow and excel, and lead by example,' says Cardelucci. "You get back what you put into things, which is one of the many benefits of volunteering. I've met many people in the community who have become lifelong friends." She is a Corona del Mar resident who is an experienced equestrian. She also works with her husband Mark in their business, REO World. 

JLOCC's members actively support the community through collaboration with other Orange County nonprofit organizations. This year the JLOCC's efforts are directed on behalf of the community in conjunction with groups including the Second Harvest Food Bank Backpack Program, Crittenton Services Connect Program, Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) Reading Program, Olive Crest Kinship Support Services Program, and the League's Bear Hugs and Bear Necessities Program. The JLOCC members also conduct done-in-a-day volunteer projects through Impact Orange County.

About the Junior League of Orange County, California, Inc.

The Junior League of Orange County, California, Inc., is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. JLOCC has helped found organizations such as Orangewood Children's Home and the Volunteer Center of Orange County, now known as OneOC. As a solely educational and charitable organization, the JLOCC's trained volunteers actively support the community through collaboration with organizations that promote and support the health, safety and education of all individuals in Orange County. A 501(c)(3) organization, the JLOCC reaches out to women of all races, religions, and national origins. Originally founded in 1956 as the Newport Harbor Service League, the JLOCC is a member organization of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. To learn more about the JLOCC, call (949) 261-0823 or visit www.jlocc.org

CONTACT: Susan Ballou
         (949) 477-3070 
         susanballou@att.net

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