Graciously Pursuing Beauty


The Laguna Beach Beautification Council wishes to extend its thanks and gratitude to all of the people and companies who so generously supported its 60th anniversary diamond jubilee last Monday at The Montage resort.  Silent auction donors included:  The Montage resort, the Lumberyard, the Laguna Riviera, Tivoli Terrace, Areo, Black Iris, Blow Salon, Yvette Hairdresser, and our own artists Lydia Delgado, John Barber, Gavin Heath, Wolfgang Bloch, Gretchen Shields, Marianna Van derVeer and Rob Gage.  Zahide Lawrence also graciously donated items of her husband, the late Harry Lawrence. Thanks, too, to Michael Gosslin who delighted guests with souvenir photos of the event. Ora Sterling, your champagne toast and anecdotes totally entranced us all!

A very special “thank you” to Todd Orlich and the Montage resort for their generosity and support in hosting the event.  Without their venue, staff and expertise, this event would have been nearly impossible. Congratulations and kudos to all of the current Beautification Council for its hard work in making this event the success that it was. Beautification members are: Eleanor Henry, Zahide Lawrence, President Ruben Flores, Max Brown, Joanne Sutch, Lecia Davis, Chloe Echternacht, Scott Alan, Barbara Ring, and Ron Kaufman.

Nearly $15,000 was raised to help support Beautification’s new projects: support and additional trees for the Broadway and new “Street End” projects; designation of new trees for the city; education and support for new public and private projects, and, of course, the Laguna Beach Beautification Council awards ceremony and presentation.


Joanne Sutch, Laguna Beach

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