By: Christine Carpenter, Special to the Indy
Paula Hornbuckle and her soon-to-be husband Brad Arnold sent an unusual proposal to guests they invited to their wedding next month.
Since this is Arnold and Hornbuckle’s second trip down the aisle, and they both already possess the housewares young couples usually count on their wedding party to provide, the couple felt a donation to their charity of choice would be the gift most meaningful to them.
Already, some of the 150 invited guests have contributed $3,000 to Laguna Beach’s Boys and Girls Club. “We feel so honored to be their charity,” said the club’s development director, Michelle Ray.
The club became a big part Hornbuckle’s life when her youngest daughter left for college. Donny Crevier and another former board member, Milton Naylor, recruited her to the club’s board. “This has become a real ‘job’ for me as I’ve been fortunate not to have to work outside the home,” said Hornbuckle, who grew up in Las Vegas and moved to Laguna Beach in 2001.
Hornbuckle feels fortunate she can devote her time to a community oriented organization.
“I love the impact the club has on our young people. The Boys and Girls Club is a safe, supervised environment that not only allows our young people the freedom to express themselves, but enables them to seek help with school and also personal challenges,” said Hornbuckle, who chairs the Sept. 26 Girls Night Out fundraiser two days before her own nuptials in San Juan Capistrano.
“I think there are opportunities in life where you can find a creative way to give back to your community,” she said.