About PALS

Orangewood PALS, an auxiliary of Orangewood Foundation, was established in 1996 with the goal of Providing Assistance, Love, and Support to Orange County’s abused and neglected children. Stephanie Argyros started the organization with a group of 100 guests invited to a cocktail reception. Their goal was to make a positive impact on the issues of child abuse and neglect in Orange County, to show abuse victims that they matter, and to provide these children and young adults with unconditional love and support.

Orangewood PALS achieves this goal by supporting the current and former foster children served by Orangewood Foundation and those placed at the Orangewood Children and Family Center. (The Center was originally built by Orangewood Foundation in the 1980s and when completed in 1985 was turned over to Orange County Social Services Agency to own and operate. To learn more about the Center, please click HERE.) Orangewood PALS fund raising efforts support scholarships and mentoring programs, tours, field trips, and other fun activities for the children.

PALS Events

PALS Bingo Night at Chapter One

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Chapter One, Santa Ana

When: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Where: Chapter One, 227 North Broadway, Santa Ana

Join our PALS every Monday night in April for BINGO! Your $10 buy in for BINGO includes a signature Moscow Mule or select craft beer and fun prizes for the winners! Bring your friends and help support events for youth in our Rising Tide transitional housing programs. Click here to view the flyer.

For more information, please contact Jeff Gilstrap at (714) 619-0237 or via email to jgilstrap@orangewoodfoundation.org .

PALS Speaker Night

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Orangewood Children & Family Center in Orange

When: May 14, 2019
6:00-8:30 p.m.

Where: Orangewood Children & Family Center, 401 The City Drive, Orange

Join our PALS auxiliary as they provide motivational educational and inspirational speakers at the Orangewood Children & Family Center.  These “Speaker Nights” are an opportunity for leaders in our community to inspire youth with their own stories of overcoming personal struggles and challenges.

For more information, please contact Christian Brown at (714) 619-0227 or via email to cbrown@orangewoodfoundation.org .

Please note: PALS volunteers at PALS Speaker Nights must adhere to the following requirements: 

  1. Be 18 years of age or older.
  2. Notify a staff member immediately if they realize that they know one of the children at Orangewood Children & Family Center participating in the event.
  3. Avoid taking photographs of the children. Cell phones and cameras are prohibited.
  4. Avoid inquiring about a child’s personal history or family circumstances.
  5. Wear name tags to identify themselves as a safe adult.