Laguna Beach Community Clinic supporters met the $10,000 challenge issued by resident Ron Beasley and clinic President Dr. Pam Lawrence at the annual Cinco de Mayo fundraiser.
Lawrence and Beasley kicked in $5,000 each, and guests responded with donations of $8,000 at the event, followed by email pledges and snail mail checks for an estimated total of $60,000, according to Monica Prado, clinic development director.
Mayor Jane Egly was the first to respond to the challenge. On behalf of herself and her husband, Paul, Egly donated the first $100 and offered her own challenge to the guests at the event.
"If this catches another $100 from you, we are throwing in another $100 and if it attracts another $100, we will throw in a third $100, which does not want to be lonely," Egly said.
Donations are needed to overcome the shortfall facing the clinic due to decreases in cigarette and tobacco taxes and the erosion of government programs at a time when more people than ever need affordable medical care, Lawrence said.