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Community & Clubs: Lions dole out more than $17,000 for charity

April 24, 2012|By Jim de Boom

Harbor Mesa Lions at a recent meeting presented local charitable organizations with funds to help their causes. The club has held fundraising events such as a casino night, a garage sale, bingo night, candy sales and a fashion show to raise more than $17,000 to donate back to those in need.

Local charities included the Boys & Girls Club, Share Our Selves, Youth Employment Services, Orange Coast Interfaith Shelter, Blind Children's Learning Center, Foundation Fighting Blindness, Angels Charity, Second Harvest Food Bank and many Lions projects.

"We certainly are grateful for the support we receive from the local citizens, which enables us to help these organizations," said Harbor Mesa President Carol Proctor.

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The Lions also volunteer to work city events and other organizations' fundraisers. This year, they donated and planted 20 trees in two community parks, and members volunteered their services to assist with Working Wardrobes' event, which provides prom attire to students in various high schools.

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Girls State delegates selected

The Newport Harbor American Legion Auxiliary has selected delegates and alternates from nine local high schools to attend the 2012 Girls State Conference this summer at Claremont McKenna College, according to Girls State Chair Cynthia Culp.

Selected were Darcie Ellen Marshall and Meredith Davin, Corona del Mar High School; Alyssa Dasca and Trista Bell, Costa Mesa High School; Maren Rascon McClanahan and Casandra Stevenson, Estancia High School; Kaela Acuff and Sierra Schiano, Irvine High School; Sydney Dexter and Rachel Barney, Newport Harbor High School; Ha Eun (Hannah) Kim and Yun (Belle) Sung , Northwood High School; Hoyeon (Lauren) Lee and Megan Schultz, Woodbridge High School; Mackenzie Sambuco and Molly Wang, Sage Hill School; Karishma Kodia and Jaclyn Castelar, University High School.

Girls State is a one-week conference in which young women study local, county and state government processes. Approximately 500 young women attend from throughout the state. Girls State helps young women develop leadership skills, confidence and poise while learning about their duties as United States citizens.

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DAR hands out awards

More than 500 people packed the Norm Loates Theater at Newport Harbor High School for the annual Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen awards, according to Karen Treaccar, DAR coordinator.

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