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For Immediate Release

ESSC Receives $1.75 Million Donation From David and Molly Pyott Foundation to Transform Former Santa Ana Corporate Offices Into Adult Day Services Center

Corporate Offices to Relocate to Irvine June 25th

Orange County, CA, June 22, 2018

Media Contact:
Vicki Greenleaf, Greenleaf & Associates

Photo of David and Molly PyottEasterseals Southern California (ESSC) has received a generous $1.75 million gift to expand its adult day services in Orange County on the site of the non-profit’s current Santa Ana corporate office location, which will relocate to Irvine June 25. 

The donation was received from the David and Molly Pyott Foundation, founded by ESSC Board Chair Molly Pyott and her husband, philanthropist and former CEO of Allergan David Pyott, Irvine-area residents and long-time supporters of ESSC, which assists more than 10,000 people with disabilities throughout Southern California.  

Following the relocation of ESSC’s corporate offices to 1063 McGaw Ave., Irvine, the Pyott gift will be utilized to pay-off the Santa Ana location’s mortgage and renovate the site to create a new adult day services location for the organization in Orange County. ESSC, which also has an adult/senior day services location in Brea, provides local, community-based programs throughout O.C. – as well as in Los Angeles, San Diego, Imperial, Kern, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura counties – for people with developmental disabilities or other special needs. 

Expected to open its doors mid-year 2019, the new ESSC Adult Day Services Center, 1570 E. 17th St., Santa Ana, will serve up to 200 individuals through on-site and community-based programs, providing them with the opportunity to become active members of the community by learning work-related skills and engaging in regularly scheduled volunteer work, community service projects and other ventures.  

WHAT:  Easterseals Southern California Groundbreaking – ESSC Santa Ana Adult Day Services Center
WHEN:  Friday, June 22 @ 1 p.m.
WHERE: 1570 E. 17th St., Santa Ana

Commented Nancy Weintraub, chief development officer of ESSC, “Molly and David’s extraordinary generosity  of both time and financial support  are unprecedented in the history of Easterseals Southern California and will make an enormous difference to the adults with developmental disabilities or other special needs who will be served at this new site. We are incredibly thankful to them for helping us to expand our ability to serve more people at a new location in Orange County and Molly’s continuing guidance as chair of our board.” 

Said Molly Pyott, “The original Santa Ana corporate office location holds a special place in the hearts of the  staff and board members of Easterseals Southern California. Transforming the property into a state-of-the-art, adult day services center has elicited tremendous feelings of pride for us all. The expansion of important, life-changing services will create profoundly positive differences for people with disabilities in our community.”    

Design for the new adult day services center is by Newport Beach-based architectural firm H. Hendy Associates.

Changing the Way You See Disability:  Celebrate. Don’t Separate

In 2018, ESSC launched a thought-provoking new awareness campaign – featuring southern California residents who receive services from Easterseals – aimed at Changing the Way You See Disability. With a goal of inclusion, the multi-faceted campaign asks people to reconsider how they view people with disabilities with such challenges as: Celebrate. Don’t Separate; Dialogue. Not Doubt; Encourage. Don’t Exclude; Include. Don’t Isolate; Be Supportive. Not Sorry; and Spread Awareness. Not Assumptions. The campaign encompasses print, outdoor and internet ads, as well as a grassroots social media component with a “Make the Promise” call to action to support the campaign under the hashtag #CelebrateDontSeparate.  Learn more at: www.CelebrateDontSeparate.org   

About Easterseals Southern California

For nearly 100 years, Easterseals has been an indispensable resource for individuals and families with developmental disabilities or other special needs. The services provided by Easterseals Southern California (ESSC) – in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Imperial, Kern, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura counties – make profound and positive differences in people's lives every day, helping them address life’s challenges and achieve personal goals so that they can live, learn, work and play in our communities. With 2,300 employees, 60+ service sites and hundreds of community partnership locations, each year ESSC assists more than 10,000 people, providing adult/senior day services; autism therapy; child development/early education; employment services, veteran employment support; independent living options; and more. At Easterseals, 88% of our income is spent on services. Join us in changing the way the world defines and views disabilities.

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