Fun and Philanthropy Reign at Legacy Ball

Marj Adams and her son, Superior Court Judge John Adams, who described how Susi Q has helped his mother maintain her independence and stay connected during the annual Legacy Ball. Photos by Faye Chapman

More than 200 guests attended the fifth annual Legacy Ball in support of Laguna Beach Seniors at the Susi Q Center, held last month at the Pelican Hill Resort.

The event netted a record $75,000 for programs and services at the center.

Nanci and Ken Frank.

Ken Frank, Laguna Beach’s longtime city manager who retired last December, was this year’s recipient of the Legacy Award. In presenting the award, board president Chris Quilter praised his three decades of stewardship. “With all the changes we have experienced, we still know where we are: we are home,” Quilter said.

Other city officials in attendance included Mayor Toni Iseman, Councilwoman Elizabeth Pearson, City Manager John Pietig, City Clerk Martha Anderson, and Council member Kelly Boyd, an event co-chair.

2009 Legacy Award winner Elizabeth Pearson with, from left, Don Crevier, Joe Hanauer, and Morris Skendarian.

Also attending: Dr. Marilyn Ditty, executive director Age Well Senior Services; Dr. Tom Bent, director of Laguna Beach Community Clinic; Michael Beck, vice president of Mission Hospital Laguna Beach; Darrcy Loveland Bickel, executive director of Laguna Beach Community Foundation.

Volunteer Terri Johnson orchestrated the event with co-chairs Kelly and Michelle Boyd. Bree Burgess Rosen served as mistress of ceremonies. Entertainment was provided by singers involved with No Square Theatre and South Coast Swing, an offshoot of the Laguna Community Band.

Emily Quilter (center) recruited friends Wendy Walker, Nina Rietsch, Sarah Schmidt, and Jamie Sweningson to promote the opportunity drawing, whose grand prize was two nights at Montage resort.



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