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