An evening reception at the bayfront Balboa Bay Club & Resort welcomed students from the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, who were chosen to receive the coveted "1221 Club" annual college grants from BBC. This year, 12 students were awarded scholarships totaling $100,000, among the largest grants offered to local students headed for college.
Founded in 1993 by Beverly Ray Parkhurst and a committee of women associated with the Balboa Bay Club & Resort, "The 1221 Club" within the club was created as a social auxiliary with a serious community purpose of helping local students with college expenses.
Soon afterward Lido Isle resident Ramona Smith added an additional element of generosity to the "1221" plan by donating a separate fund named in honor of her late husband E. Morris Smith, one of the club's former governors. The Smith scholarship would go to a promising student-athlete.
Finally, hotelier Henry Schielein, president of the club and resort, raised the bar by sponsoring an annual summer "Gentlemen's Smoker" on the beach, bringing in significant donations from the men, earmarked for the scholarship fund.