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Community & Clubs -- Jim de Boom

May 04, 2002

The Youth Employment Service of the Harbor Area will hold its 29th

annual Roman Feast on Thursday, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Costa Mesa

Neighborhood Community Center. The event will honor Gwyn P. Parry,

director of community medicine for Hoag Hospital, and include hors d'

oeuvres, a penne pasta buffet prepared by YES chefs and a charity auction

overseen by masters of ceremonies Jim Dale and Tom Johnson. Reservations

are a must and may be made by calling the group at (949) 642-0474.

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BOOK OF GOLDEN DEEDS: The Exchange Club of the Orange Coast honored

Gloria Hatcher with the Book of Golden Deeds at a recent meeting. Two

years ago, Hatcher's grandson, Brandon, drowned in a backyard pool. The

family was devastated, and Gloria, who wanted to thank the Orange County

Fire Authority for its help, baked a batch of brownies and took them to

the fire station. Authority Fire Chief Richard Witesman said after that

first day, the project mushroomed and she has now made 465 visits to fire

stations, bringing her famous brownies with her. Following the

presentation of the Book of Golden Deeds, the Exchange Club had a program

on drowning prevention by the authority's Kymbra Fleming.

NOCHE DE GALA: The Corazon de Vida Foundation will conduct its

eighth annual Noche de Gala awards dinner on May 11 to benefit orphanages

in Baja California, Mexico. This year's event is "Return to a Night at

the Macombo," featuring swing music, "Macombo martinis," and 500 noted

Orange County and Los Angeles County guests. The event will be held at

the Marconi Automotive Museum in Tustin.

The foundation will pay tribute to noted honorees Marilyn McCoo and

Billy Davis, Fifth Dimension, and Thomas Gephart of Ventana Capital for

their many philanthropic contributions.

Newport Beach resident and foundation supporter Jane Altman-Dwan notes

the foundation, based in Irvine but with thousands of volunteers and

supporters throughout Southern California, was established in 1994 and

exists to secure support for 50 orphanages in Baja California, Mexico.

The foundation raises about $500,000 annually to support its cause. For

event and ticket information, call Jim McAleer at the Corazon de Vida

Foundation offices at (949) 476-1144, Ext. 358.

EMERGENCY SERVICES: Costa Mesa Fire Chief Jim Ellis invites all to

visit the fire station on Placentia Avenue, across from Estancia High

School, on May 19 as the Police and Fire departments join for a special

Emergency Services Day program. On display from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. will be

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