The winsome couple Lori and Don Romero at the Playhouse Masquerade.

Not Even Masks Obscure Good Fortune


More than 200 theatrically costumed guests danced, dined and partied at The Laguna Playhouse’s third annual Moonlight Masquerade, a costume party last month that raised $41,000 for programs and performances.


A highlight of the evening was the silent auction with 54 baskets and items from more than 80 local businesses.


The All Stars Live Band provided dance music and tarot card readers were on hand

Laguna Playhouse Executive Director Karen Wood and supporters Ed Gillow and Joan Gladstone.

to provide fortune telling.


To underscore their party mood, last week supporters also lifted their glasses at Pacific Edge’s Deck restaurant, steps away from the waves, announcing the establishment of the Players Club. “We want you to be a steward, too,” explained founding member Elizabeth Pearson, encouraging others willing to make a minimum $1,000 a year commitment to theater.


“It’s your sandbox,” pointed out newly named artistic director Ann E. Wareham. “Be with us on the journey.”


Larry Morgan and Players Club founding member Elizabeth Pearson.

Otis Healey, Matt Lawson, Cheryl Kinsman, Kathleen Blackburn and Dave Sanford made pledges.











Friendship Shelter’s Gala Proves Success


At Friendship Shelter’s annual gala, held Friday, Nov.4, more than 300 people gathered at the Balboa Bay Club to celebrate the organization’s commitment to helping homeless adults achieve self-sufficiency and become more productive members of our community.


The crowd collectively pledged more than $100,000 for direct support of Friendship Shelter programs. Coupled with auction proceeds, sponsorships and ticket sales, these funds represented more than double the previous record for funds raised at a Friendship Shelter event.


Board member Becky Wills chaired the Beatles-themed event, dubbed ‘come together,’ where the crowd enjoyed pre-dinner entertainment by musician Jason Feddy and competed to win auction items.


Prior to dinner, Lindsay Iverson, honored as outstanding shelter graduate, shared her story of recovery and renewal in Friendship Shelter’s program. For more information, visit www.friendshipshelter.org.



Community Foundation Hosts Outreach to Professionals

At least 100 lawyers and accountants and other professionals attended the Laguna Beach Community Foundation’s initial professional council event at the Laguna Art Museum last week.


Chief executive Darrcy Loveland described the council as a networking opportunity for local professionals to support each other and increase awareness of the foundation’s aim to increase charitable giving. Last year, the foundation awarded $84,000 in 20 grants, she said. This year’s recipients are to be announced next month.



“This will be the last event if there is no council,” said lawyer Nicole Anderson, who urged her peers to join for $100 a year.


Non-profit consultant Maya Dunn seemed skeptical. “Did they say what they are going to do?” she asked.



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