The Oxford Dictionary defines philanthropy as love of mankind, practical sympathy and benevolence.
Laguna is loaded with philanthropists who devote time to helping the poor and the troubled.
Janice and Ted Smith were honored recently with the Orange County Spirit of Philanthropy Lifetime Achievement Award.
"We were totally surprised," Ted Smith said. "We didn't appreciate how widely supported this program is. I was amazed. There were 1,100 people at the luncheon."
The Smiths were recognized for their donations of time and money to UC Irvine, the Segerstrom Concert Hall and the MIND Institute, founded by the late Gordon Shaw of Laguna Beach.