Collaborative Courts Foundation to Host Fundraiser

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A Collaborative Courts Foundation (CCF) summer luau slated for Saturday, Aug. 24, will educate guests about the Orange County Collaborative Courts programs that provide an alternative to incarceration and put individuals who have committed non-violent “life-style” crimes on a path back to productive citizenry.

The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the home of CCF Board Chairman Anthony Marillo and his wife, Lynn, and will feature a luau-style dinner and talks by Judge Mary Kreber Varipapa, presiding judge of the OC Collaborative Courts; a program graduate; and a current program participant. There will also be an opportunity drawing for a sapphire bracelet, PEDEGO electric bike, a one-night Newport hotel stay with jazz tickets, and more.

Kathy Burnham with Judge Matthew Anderson. Photo courtesy of the CCF.

“We are excited about hosting this event so that we can share with others the wonderful success of the OC Collaborative Courts programs and how the CCF supports individuals who are program participants,” said Jenifer Kienle, board member and attorney.

CCF was founded by Laguna Beach residents Kathy and Robert Burnham in 2003. The foundation provides interim housing, dental/optometry care, transportation, scholarships and books and counseling to participants completing stringent court program requirements. Last year’s event raised $25,000 to support ongoing assistance that the court system is unable to provide through other existing county services.

For more information, visit www.CollaborativeCourtsFoundation.orgor email board member and Laguna local Deborah Schlesinger at [email protected]

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