Drive for a Cause (DC) was founded in July of 2007 by Marcus Berry and Jeff Bellitti. DC is a 100% volunteer based fundraising organization whose mission is to increase awareness, engage, and provoke action amongst its members to fulfill an inherent responsibility toward social, medical, and educational needs of their communities. The committee members donate their time and energy and no committee member receives any financial benefit.

In September of 2007, Drive for a Cause hosted its first annual charity golf tournament and reception at Oak Creek Golf Club as a memorial to the late Dr. Charles "Chuck" Bellitti, a much loved orthopedic surgeon, friend, and family member. In 2008, Drive for a Cause moved the tournament to the Newport Beach Country Club and has now hosted ten sold out events that have attracted an average of 144 golfers and 40 additional supporters each year. Through golf entry fees, corporate and individual sponsorship, reception attendance, and the silent auction, Drive for a Cause has been able to donate over $591,000 to Hoag Family Cancer Institute, Miracles for Kids and other beneficiaries.

Past Beneficiaries

Hoag Family Cancer Institute

Hoag Family Cancer Institute was built with one fundamental principle in mind: providing state-of-the-art cancer care in a comforting, patient-friendly setting. Today the 65,000 square foot center is home to the greatest collection of cancer technology in Orange County, as well as a staff of dedicated and caring professionals, many of whom have been a part of the cancer center since the doors opened in 1991. With its personal touch and tailored treatments, Hoag Family Cancer Institute is winning the war against cancer - one patient at a time. For more information, please visit www.hoaghospital.org/cancercenter.

Miracles for Kids

Miracles for Kids' vision is to operate an organization that makes a difference in the lives of children who are fighting a life-threatening illness, and to provide support to Orange County families and other primary caregivers who care and provide for these children. Miracles for Kids provides families and/or caregivers with financial and other support to face the economic difficulties that often result from caring for a critically ill child. They fund cutting edge research to find a cure for pediatric cancer and other life-threatening pediatric illnesses and serve as an advocate and resource in the community for children fighting life-threatening illnesses and their families. For more information, please visit www.miraclesforkids.org

Child Guidance Center, Inc.

Child Guidance Center, Inc. (CGC) is a non-profit organization founded in 1967 dedicated to empowering children and their parents to achieve their potential as loving, responsible families. The program provides comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services to children and families whose relationships and personal growth are impaired by emotional and behavioral problems. A multi-disciplinary staff of 50 clinicians (including seven Board-Certified Child Psychiatrists) empowers more than 3,100 children annually that have been or who are experiencing emotional or behavioral problems and are at high risk for physical, emotional or sexual abuse and/or who are experiencing learning problems secondary to emotional or behavioral issues. For more information, please visit www.cgcoc.org.

Fertile Hope

Fertile Hope is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility. Fertile Hope is the only organization of its kind — an unbiased source of cancer and fertility information not tied to any one specific institution, company, or expert. Driven by cancer survivors and patient advocates, Fertile Hope successfully operates programs in categories of awareness, education, financial assistance and support. For more information, or to make a donation, please call 888-994-HOPE or visit www.fertilehope.org.

Netz 4 life

Netz 4 Life is a non-profit organization devoted to revitalizing neglected community athletic infrastructure. Netz 4 Life uses educational and leadership-building programs to engage and motivate at-risk youth to restore their communities - one neighborhood at a time. This transformation will occur through committed community involvement across Southern California. eventually reaching out to other states. Netz 4 Life goal is to leave no basketball rim "netless" anywhere. For more information, or to make a donation, please call 949-293-3662 or visit: www.netz4life.org.

Semper fi fund

The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund is a non-profit set up to provide immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. The Semper Fi Fund directs urgently needed resources to post 9-11 Marines and Sailors, as well as members of the Armey, Air Forice or Coast Guard who serve in support of Marine forces. The Semper Fi Fund provides relief for financial needs that arise during hospitalization and recovery as well as assistance for those with perpetuating needs. For more information, or to make a donation, please visit www.semperfifund.org.