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July 3, 2012
Mayor pro tem Verna Rollinger raised more than $9,000 at a June 16 fundraiser, according to a press release. The event, held at the home of Debbie Lewis, helped raise money to support her reelection to the Laguna Beach City Council. A light supper and silent auction was held. "What makes Laguna Beach such a special place? Why did we decide to come here or stay here to live?" Rollinger asked supporters. "Our Laguna is about taking care of each other, acting as responsible stewards of the beautiful environment we share, solving problems by working together, and respecting the diverse expressions and aspirations of each member of our community," Rollinger said at the event.
NEWS
July 6, 2012
The Laguna Beach Police Employees Assn. will hold its second annual Dunk-A-Cop fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the cobblestones at Main Beach. Proceeds will go toward the Laguna Beach Boys & Girls Club. Last year the association raised $500 for the club, according to a news release. "We hope to raise $1,000 this year!" Det. Larry Bammer, president of the association, said via email. - Alisha Gomez Twitter: @ coastlinepilot
NEWS
August 3, 2012
A community fundraiser for the owners of Penguin Cafe is being held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Riddle Field, 600 Hillcrest Drive. The McMurrays recently found out their son, 11-year-old William, has an inoperable brain tumor and they have no health insurance. "We're having it at Riddle Field because we know William likes baseball," said Kim Ressler, who is organizing the event. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version incorrectly referred to the organizer as Kim Kressler.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | June 28, 2012
Time is running out for a local pet rescue operation. The lease is up in November and won't be renewed on Animal Crackers pet supply shop in theAlbertson'sshopping center. Animal Crackers helps fund the rescues and care for animals abandoned or due to be slaughtered and provides seniors with free pet food. Another location must be found and supporters are desperate to find that location in Laguna. Mayor Pro Tem Verna Rollinger issued a personal plea on behalf of Animal Crackers owner Gina Katzenbedian at the June 19 council meeting, asking anyone who might be able to help find a new location in town to come forward with ideas.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2013
LCAD fundraiser will help Typhoon Haiyan victims The Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) will host a fundraiser for Typhoon Haiyan relief from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 9. Students, faculty and staff will create and donate works, which will be sold at "Art for Haiyan. " The school hopes to raise more than $2,500, all of which will benefit the UNICEF Emergency Relief. The event will take place at LCAD's Main Campus Gallery at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road and will be open to the public.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Alisha Gomez | August 2, 2012
More than 400 people attended Oceana's fifth annual SeaChange Summer Party fundraiser Sunday, which raised more than $1 million for the ocean conservation nonprofit. The event, held at a private coastal home in Laguna Beach, featured a blue carpet to walk, a sit-down dinner, presentations from Oceana's directors and supporters, a silent and live auction, and dancing "under the stars," according to a news release. Special guests were actors Morgan Freeman and Jeff Goldblum, and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | July 18, 2013
Richard Burgi tasted one of his dreams Wednesday night at Savannah Chop House restaurant in Laguna Niguel. The actor known for his role on "Desperate Housewives" teamed with friend James Pribram, a former professional surfer and environmentalist, on a fundraiser for Eco-Warrior Foundation, which promotes caring for beaches and wildlife and often holds beach cleanups in Laguna Beach. Burgi and Pribram were each responsible for making one $5 cocktail, with all proceeds and tips going to Eco-Warrior.
FEATURES
March 2, 2007
Chabad Jewish Center's annual fundraiser, "Children's Dreams," is planned for 6 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at the Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course. Sheldon and Janet Razin will be honored for their support and dedication to the work of Chabad. Highlighting the event is a silent auction, with something for everyone — a two-night stay at the Montage Resort, jewelry, children's games, sports tickets and works of art by local artists, including Vladimir Pardonovitch.
NEWS
December 16, 2005
Girl Scouts of Laguna Beach held a fundraiser at Golden Spoon Yogurt Shop on Dec. 7, raising over $50 in two hours. Scouts from twelve different troops stopped by for the event, which was led by troops 2136 and 789. The girls played games, colored and watched their troop leaders serve yogurt. Troop leaders, including Stephanie Andrews, left, Diane Cimino and Susie Russell, served customers throughout the night. For information, call Jeremy Rose, (949) 494-5443. 20051216iriqvgkn(LA)Girl Scouts of Laguna Beach held a fundraiser at Golden Spoon Yogurt Shop on Dec. 7, raising over $50 in two hours.
NEWS
August 28, 2008
Laguna Beach Relay for Life raised at least $57,000 for the American Cancer Society during the 24-hour event Aug. 22 and Saturday at El Morro Elementary School. The top individual fundraiser was Tory Thomas, and the top team fundraiser was a UPS team, said organizer Tori Degen. Wells Fargo, which was unable to participate this year, sent a check for $10,000. Both Thomas and Wells Fargo were honored for their contributions. The Laguna Beach Lifeguard Assn. won the Most Spirited Team award for their lifeguard “theme lap” in which they carried a lifeguard on a paddleboard around the field.
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SPORTS
April 3, 2014
The Laguna Beach High Baseball Boosters will host a Rocking Spring Fundraiser Sunday at historic Sandpiper (1183 South Pacific Coast Highway) in Laguna Beach. The event runs from 4 to 7 p.m. and offers live music by the Blues Offenders, delicious food by Wood Ranch Barbecue, and an exciting silent auction. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at the door. The full proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the Laguna Beach High baseball program. For more information, email Robb at skyler7@cox.net , or call (949)
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NEWS
By Annie Kim and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | February 14, 2014
With the lights dimmed as they sit barefoot on mats, students at Thurston Middle School are usually quiet and contemplative as they practice yoga during physical education class. This week, however, was quite different as students screamed and cheered loudly while competing in the school's fourth annual Epic Challenge. Nearly 800 students raced each other and raised money by finding sponsors as they competed in a weeklong event of physical activities. The Epic Challenge is the Laguna Beach school's biggest fundraising event of the year and aims to promote a healthy environment, bodies, minds and kids.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2014
Tivoli Too! will host a champagne brunch fund-raiser for cats. There will be food, drink and a silent auction to benefit the Blue Bell Foundation, a nonprofit group that provides permanent housing for cats whose owners can no longer care for them. The event is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 16. Tickets are $50 for adults and $15 for children younger than 12. They can be purchased at http://www.bluebellcats.org or by sending a check to Blue Bell Foundation for Cats, 20982 Laguna Canyon Road.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2013
LCAD fundraiser will help Typhoon Haiyan victims The Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) will host a fundraiser for Typhoon Haiyan relief from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 9. Students, faculty and staff will create and donate works, which will be sold at "Art for Haiyan. " The school hopes to raise more than $2,500, all of which will benefit the UNICEF Emergency Relief. The event will take place at LCAD's Main Campus Gallery at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road and will be open to the public.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | October 15, 2013
As Shakespeare famously said, all the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players. The half-dozen women who will star at the Laguna Playhouse on Oct. 21 have chosen a particularly difficult part - one that flutters in and out of the spotlight, with no understudy and plenty of lines to master. Still, when the spotlight does gleam and the audience sits rapt, all that toil becomes worthwhile. For the third straight year, the Playhouse Women, a support group formed in 2007, is hosting an authors event to raise funds for the playhouse.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | July 18, 2013
Richard Burgi tasted one of his dreams Wednesday night at Savannah Chop House restaurant in Laguna Niguel. The actor known for his role on "Desperate Housewives" teamed with friend James Pribram, a former professional surfer and environmentalist, on a fundraiser for Eco-Warrior Foundation, which promotes caring for beaches and wildlife and often holds beach cleanups in Laguna Beach. Burgi and Pribram were each responsible for making one $5 cocktail, with all proceeds and tips going to Eco-Warrior.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | July 3, 2013
The applause began as Darrin Reed made his way slowly across the Festival Shopping Center parking lot. By the time he reached ReMark's, everyone in the restaurant was on his or her feet and clapping. Reed's friends had gathered at the restaurant to show their support for him as he battles his way back to health and to help him pay for the harrowing fight against leukemia. The fundraiser was sold out within a week after it was announced. Almost $12,000, including donations from supporters who could not attend, was raised.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | June 20, 2013
Animal Crackers Pet Rescue's new shelter isn't much to look at now - just a spacious room in a Laguna Woods strip mall with packing materials lying around and grooves in the concrete floor showing where walls will be. The staff, though, already has a vivid picture of how the facility will look when funds and permits come in. Tuesday afternoon, founder Gina Katzenbedian and volunteer Jeannie Poshek gave an informal tour of the facility and pointed...
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | June 20, 2013
Diane Brigham customarily encounters youth eager to pursue their interests. In her 33 years as an arts educator, she has found them thirsty for big dreams. A staggering number fall short, though, in resources and access to necessary opportunities. "So many students have talent and motivation, but are not getting instruction and encouragement," she said. "They are devoted to making art, but have no chances at home or school to pursue advanced instruction. " That's where Ryman Arts - established 23 years ago by friends and family of Herbert Ryman, an artist famed for creating an illustration of Disneyland for Walt Disney - steps in. This Los Angeles-based nonprofit offers free drawing and painting classes, as well as college and career guidance, to young art aficionados.
NEWS
By Rhea Mahbubani | May 1, 2013
Thomas Jefferson Kitts is inspired by nature. Also, given a choice, he prefers not to rely on memories, photographs or drawings. The result? A prolific 30-year career as a plein air painter. An avid follower of John Singer Sargent, Joaquín Sorolla and Anders Zorn, the Portland resident is driven by the challenges posed by this style of painting. He stands in agreement with Paul Cézanne's words: "Nature is the best instructor. " "It simply comes down to the fact that the world is more complex a place than anything I can make up in my head - I become lost in it as I paint," said Kitts, 52. "It's the closest I can come to God. " Kitts is one of 40 plein air painters who donated original work to the Laguna Plein Air Painters Assn.
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