Orange County, OC Health Care Agency and OCBC Named PR Award Finalist
Irvine, CA – November 16, 2021 – Orange County Board of Supervisors, Orange County Business Council (OCBC) and Orange County Health Care Agency, were recently named as finalist for the 2021 Platinum PR Awards for the SafeDineOC campaign. The agencies and OCBC collaborated last year in a public awareness effort targeting local restaurants to make them aware of grant funds available to offset costs of safety protocols and materials associated with modified re-openings or remaining open during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year’s Platinum PR Awards span 60 categories to honor the people, teams and campaigns throughout the nation that challenge assumptions, push boundaries and embrace the seemingly impossible. The finalists were recognized and the winners were announced during a virtual awards gala on November 16.
Platinum PR Awards, presented by the PRNEWS Group at Access Intelligence, LLC, has been one of the most coveted and competitive recognition programs in the communications industry for over two decades. Award winners represent the best of the best individuals, teams, and campaigns honored as preeminent forces in the public relations space.
The SafeDineOC campaign was undoubtedly a force. While an unprecedented global pandemic was rapidly sweeping through the community, SafeDineOC was designed to help solve the health and economic issues simultaneously, and time was of the essence for both. The longer it took to safeguard normal establishments and places of business, the more likely it became that a deadly disease would spread.
The SafeDineOC Restaurant Program was a joint grant program for Coronavirus relief aid developed in collaboration with the Orange County Board of Supervisors including Chairman Andrew Do; County of Orange executive leadership including Orange County Health Care Agency Director, Dr. Clayton Chau; Orange County CEO, Frank Kim; and Orange County Business Council President and CEO, Lucy Dunn. County leaders and stakeholders understood the unique, unprecedented economic impact COVID-19 had on restauranteurs with public health orders necessitating the closure of most, and in some cases all, dining for long periods of time during 2020.
OCBC took quick action to implement the County’s collaborative effort and support local restaurants. The program’s primary goal was to assist the County in distributing $10 million of Federal CARES Act funding to local restaurants that met qualification requirements, including compliance with public health and safety guidelines. Efforts to pioneer the safe reopening of the local economy with smart public policies and efficient distribution of resources saved thousands of restaurants from closing permanently and supported the rehiring of employees.
In addition to the public awareness component of the campaign, with County oversight, OCBC developed and launched a website and online application portal to expedite the processing of applications and distribution of funds. The project solicited more than 2,100 restaurant applications, distributing $9.4 million to eligible restaurants, with each business location receiving grants between $1,000 and $5,000.
Orange County Business Council represents and promotes the business community, working with government and academia, to enhance Orange County’s economic development and prosperity in order to preserve a high quality of life. OCBC is comprised of the region’s most influential global businesses and organizations in the region, working to assure effective investment in infrastructure, an advanced education system that produces skilled workers, growth of venture capital and high tech companies, and housing solutions for the workforce. OCBC membership is comprised of some of the world’s largest global corporate leaders as well as representation from local government and academia.
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