Hancock dedicated the luncheon to Harry Lawrence.
“Keeping Harry alive,” was Zahid Lawrence’s major achievement in 2009 and her goal for 2010.
Laguna College of Art & Design President Dennis Powers reported a record-breaking enrollment of more than 400 students in 2009.
His goal is to find housing for them — “But not in your backyard,” he said.
Among the accomplishments:
$35,000 raised by the board for local charities by the Laguna Board of Realtors — Event Chairwoman Nancy Pooley;
Bringing an Emmy to Laguna — Laguna Beach Visitors Bureau Executive Director Judy Bijlani;
Helping 1,125 animals get need medical attention — Sandra Trulove of R.U.F.F.;
Getting through the four-month library renovation — Laguna Beach Library Librarian Jenny Gassett;
Overcoming discomfort in asking people for money — Community Clinic board member Vera Martinez;
Among the goals:
To get better at it — Martinez;
Reelecting Pearson to the City Council — Laguna Beach Taxpayers Assn. spokeswoman Ann MacDonald;
Uniting the community behind city schools — SchoolPower’s Robin Rounaghi;
Continuing to build the music program at Laguna Beach High School — Laguna Beach Community Concert Band Conductor Bill Nichols.
More than 100 residents and representatives of businesses and community group attended the luncheon. Speakers included Mission Hospital Laguna Beach Vice President Michael Beck, Laguna Board of Realtors President Bob Hartman, Sande St. John, Alan Simon of Firebrand Media, Patriots Day Parade Committee President Michael Lyons, Art Hotel owner Gail Duncan, Gigi Blount, Community Art Project’s Julita Jones and chamber board member Chris Lange, who led the luncheon guests in the “Star Spangled Banner.”
Also on the guest list: American Legion Post 222 Auxiliary President Diane Connell; gallery owner Marion Meyer; insurance broker John Campbell; Visitors Bureau President Karyn Philippsen; Sally’s Fund Executive Director Sally Rapuano; Waste Management’s “Glamorous Garbage Girl” Michelle Clark; past Laguna Beach Seniors President Louise Buckley and Soroptimist International President Diane Hruby; Sawdust Festival President Jim Stanaland; and Boys & Girls Club Pre-School Director Terry Anne Barman.
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