Scholarship donors honored at reception

June 12, 2009|By Barbara Diamond

The accomplishments of 100 Laguna Beach High School graduating seniors were recognized at the Honors Convocation Friday at the Artists Theatre.

The community groups, businesses and folks who made it possible were recognized at an elegant reception and dinner in the upper patio before the convocation.

“Tonight’s honors convocation is about dreams, opportunities and the future of the class of 2009,” said Marge Earl, outgoing president of the Laguna Beach High School Scholarship Foundation. “This reception is all about you, our donors and presenters. There would be no awards ceremony without you. You all deserve our praise and admiration for your ongoing support.


“Each graduating senior has a dream for their future and it is thanks to each of you that they will graduate knowing that this community and school district care about their future and are here to support their dreams.”

The 234 individual awards from 103 scholarships presented June 5 totaled $229,000 that can be used at four-year colleges, community colleges and vocational studies. Another $100,000 is potentially available through five of the scholarship programs that offer an opportunity to renew the awards for another three years.

“These are phenomenal numbers that prove you [donors] believe in the potential of the youth of Laguna Beach,” Earl said.

Donors include community organizations and service clubs, educational groups, individuals and families — often in memory of a loved one or out of respect.

Bill and Kathleen Blackburn have offered a four-year scholarship in the name of their daughter, Camron, since 1981. The presenter this year was Courtney O’Callaghan, the recipient of the scholarship the year Camron would have graduated from high school.

The Tonkin family has dedicated a scholarship to well-known cardiac specialist Dr. Melvin Tonkin. Barbara Laird was remembered for her long service to ROP.

American Youth Soccer Foundation presented an award this year honoring Peter Weisbrod for his 37 years as a volunteer referee.

The foundation gave its first award this year, honoring community service, but Ebell Club got the ball rolling more than 30 years ago, presenting the first ever scholarship for graduating seniors. This year, Debbie Neev, Margaret Warder, Penny Stassi and Amy Alteri presented four awards on behalf of the club.

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