Benefits and Benefactors


A Cool Cat Throws Party

Ruckus, one of Bluebell’s charges.
Ruckus, one of Bluebell’s charges.

Enjoy Blue Cat Martinis, appetizers, desserts and raffle prizes at the Meow Mixer at Madison Square Garden and Café, 320 N. Coast Highway from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12.

Tickets are $25-$30 and can be purchased at or by calling: 949-547-2222. All proceeds will benefit the community cat fund, which offsets costs for cats that are placed without a sponsorship by the non- profit, Blue Bell Foundation for Cats.





Local Musician Organizes Party for Life

Laguna local and musician Brian Roark invites the community to a fundraiser for the Children of War Foundation. The Party for Life music, art and dance celebration is set for Thursday, Oct. 16, at Seven Degrees, 891 Laguna Canyon Rd., from 6-11 p.m.

Children of War benefits citizens of Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq by providing education and job training in Afghanistan.

Tickets are $20-$30 at the door. More infor: [email protected].

Ticket Sales Begin for Shelter’s Gala

Home is the theme of Friendship Shelter’s annual gala, which will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, at The Ritz-Carlton in Dana Point.

“We’re looking forward to another fun-filled evening to raise critical funds that directly impact the men and women who turn to us in despair, and leave with hope and the promise of a new beginning.” said Dawn Price, executive director of Friendship Shelter, which operates its own residential facility in Laguna Beach and runs the city’s overnight homeless shelter in Laguna Canyon.

Tickets to the gala, which will feature fine dining, live and silent auctions and lively entertainment, are $250 each. Sponsorship packages range from $1,500 to $25,000.

For more information call 949-494-6928 x 16.

Glennwood Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

“Gratitude for Glennwood,” planned for Saturday, Nov. 1, at The Ranch at Laguna Beach, celebrates the first anniversary of Glennwood House, a residential facility for adults with disabilities.

The public is invited to enjoy a night under the stars with dinner, live music and entertainment and silent and live auctions. Tickets are $150.

Visit to purchase tickets, tables and sponsorships.

Raffle Supports Vets Initiatives

A fundraising raffle is underway by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, local Post 5868, where fine prizes, including $500 in cash and a weekday stay at the Montage, will be awarded to lucky ticket holders.

Send a check to purchase tickets of $10 each or three for $25 to VFW Post 5868, P.O. Box 629, Laguna Beach, Ca. 92652. For further information call Arnie Silverman, 949 643-5534 or Commander Frank Daniel 949 939-6280.

An independent, non-VFW member will conduct the raffle drawing.

Art Visionary to Receive Award

Mark Chamberlain, co-founder of BC Space Gallery in Laguna Beach, will be honored as an artistic visionary at the 15th annual Orange County Art Awards to be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.

The co-emcee of this event is Laguna Beach Mayor Elizabeth Pearson.

Proceeds help fund Arts Orange County’s arts education advocacy and services to local arts organizations.

For the $40 per person tickets, contact: ARTSOC.ORG • [email protected] • 949.637.4173

Gala Raises $300,000 for Crystal Cove

A spectacular sunset provided the backdrop for 400 Crystal Cove Alliance supporters, who raised more than $300,000 at a bluff top gala Saturday, Sept. 27, to support restoration, education and conservation of Crystal Cove State Park’s cultural, natural and historic resources.

Ticket Sales Light Up for Candlelight Concert  

Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ 41st Candlelight Concert supports artistic and education programs and will be held on Friday, Dec. 5, in Costa Mesa.

The event will be co-chaired by Shanaz and Jack Langson, and the special honoree will be Judy O’Dea Morr, now marking her 30th anniversary with the center.

Frank Sinatra Jr. and San Francisco band Super Diamond will entertain. Proceeds make possible an array of performing arts and the education programs.

For tickets: contact Stephanie Jernigan at 714-556-2122, ext. 4247 or [email protected]

Artist, Too, Pays it Forward

: Laura Curtin paints at the Art-a-Fair, a work she donated to a non-profit in Newport Beach.
: Laura Curtin paints at the Art-a-Fair, a work she donated to a non-profit in Newport Beach.

Self-taught artist Laura Curtin spent her summer at the Art-a-Fair in Laguna Beach and was voted the favorite new artist of the season.

While there, the Garden Grove artist started work on a large canvas to benefit Cradle to Career: Kenya, a Newport Beach charity recommended by friend Medi Bendanna.

Curtin wanted to contribute towards the non-profit’s aims of transforming the lives of Kenyan orphans with education. In turn, the graduates are expected to “pay it forward” to the next generation in their community.

Her painting, which Curtin says isn’t quite finished, sold for $5,500 at a Sept. 19 auction. The buyer intends to donated it to the orphanage in Kenya.


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