NEWPORT COAST — Kelly Perkins might be new to Laguna Beach, but she could look familiar to anyone who has turned on the television or flipped open a newspaper in the last decade. She gained international recognition in the mid-1990s as the first woman to mountain climb with a donor heart.
On Sunday, Laguna Beach residents are celebrating the newest member of their community with a party at renowned architect Pierluigi Bonvicini's Newport Coast estate.
Mike Spindle, a Realtor with Prudential in Laguna Beach, sold Perkins her new home and immediately took a liking to her and her husband, Craig.
When he and his business partner, Paola Porrini Bisson, met them, they said to each other: "We have to adopt this woman."
Spindle thought the Sunday get-together would be a great opportunity for Perkins to meet people in the community and spread the word about her nonprofit, Moving Hearts, which promotes and raises awareness for organ donation.