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The Crowd -- B.W. Cook

February 23, 2002

Local star society informant Corinne Black, public relations czarina

for the Assistance League of Newport Mesa, reports that Art Linkletter

will front a March 8 luncheon event for the League. The afternoon with

Linkletter will unfold at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Tennis

Club beginning with a late morning reception followed by luncheon and an

address by Linkletter.

The event is sponsored by the Las Reinas and the Virginia Castle

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auxiliaries of the Assistance League of Newport Mesa. The fourth annual

spring fund-raiser will feature a silent auction, an opportunity drawing

and more, with tickets priced at $75 per person. The Assistance League of

Newport Mesa, founded in 1940, serves the children of this community

through programs including the Children's Dental Health Center, the

Community Outreach Program, Kids on The Block and Operation School Bell.

Tickets are available by making a reservation with the League office

at (949) 645-6929.

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The 26th annual Spirit of Volunteerism Awards sponsored by the

Volunteer Center of Orange County were bestowed upon a diverse cross

section of honorees including a significant contingent of Newport-Mesa

participants. The recent event, featuring a luncheon and awards

presentation, drew a crowd of near 1,000 guests to the Disneyland Hotel

in Anaheim.

Underwritten by Newport's Crean Foundation, Elizabeth and Thomas

Tierney, Elizabeth Steele and Newport's Pacific Life, the presentation

was chaired by Ronna Shipman with support from Sue Cannon, Betty Belden

Palmer, Laura Benson, S.P. Callaway, Peggy Goldwater Clay, Sara Corrigan,

Carol Dooley, Chuch Dreyer, Kendall and Steve Funt, Kelly Gonis, Diane

Killeen, Carol Latham, Sharon Paisley, Elva Rubalcava, Priscilla Schoch

and Jean Simon.

The Volunteer Center of Orange County, in association with the Points

Of Light Foundation, seeks to promote awareness about volunteerism and

service opportunities within Orange County. Special days have been

designated as "Seasons of Service Days" and they include the following:

Cesar Chavez Day Of Service And Learning, March 23; National Volunteer

Week, April 21-27; Earth Day, April 22; Volunteer Connection Day , April

27; National Youth Service Days, April 26-28; Join Hands Day, June 15;

Make A Difference Day, Oct. 26; National Family Volunteer Day, Nov. 23;

and Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Day, Jan. 20.

Olga and Fernando Niebla received the Giving Is Living Award,

presented to a couple for their distinguished service and commitment to

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