Attention, community activists: If you ever thought about obtaining a valuable degree with an emphasis in nonprofit community fundraising, forget college. Just call Elizabeth An and Soogie Kang.

The dynamic duo, An, proprietor of the chic AnQi Restaurant, South Coast Plaza, and Kang, close pal and confidante, have both made major noise over recent years putting their enviable support behind OC nonprofits.

One major example several seasons ago, An and friends assisted Court Appointed Special Advocates taking their annual fundraising dinner to a never before ever dreamed of tally of more than $1 million in one night. This is just one example of the power and importance of passion meeting purpose with connections. There are many more stories.