2012 Community and Clubs Hall of Fame

June 09, 2012|By Jim de Boom

Editor's note: The following is part of Daily Pilot columnist Jim de Boom's introductions for the Community and Clubs Hall of Fame Class of 2012 inductees.


Irvina Kanarek

Nominated by: Costa Mesa resident Charlene Ashendorf.

Irvina, who grew up in Newport Beach, is an alumna of Newport Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School and Newport Harbor High School and lives in Costa Mesa.


Rewrite Beautiful started when Irvina found herself with three very different jobs: a nanny, art teacher and counselor in an eating disorder rehab clinic in Newport Beach. All the girls she came into contact with had one thing in common: They were all jeopardizing their lives to make themselves "beautiful."

Irvina is best known for being an eating disorder prevention activist. Being a young woman who is an eating disorder survivor, Irvina is able to connect to people on a personal level. Her story of starting a nonprofit and gathering people to help her to Rewrite Beautiful in our world instantly inspires men and women alike. For these reasons, people listen and relate to her.


Sanjay Dalal

Nominated by: Uzo Okereke, Newport Irvine Rotary Club president

Sanjay is married to Mamta and they have one son and daughter.

A member of Rotary for about four years, Sanjay has made an impression on his fellow Rotarians as he stepped forward to become New Generations and Youth director. He mentors and nurtures the Rotaract Service Club at UC Irvine in leadership and professional development. He has assisted the club with fundraising efforts and helped increase club membership by more than 50%.

Sanjay chaired and provided project leadership to the Small Business Development Day for the Asian Business Assn. of Orange County. He inspired and trained more than 250 small-business owners, young entrepreneurs and startups on how to boost their business.

He is best known for technology savyness. Sanjay is the proprietor of the small business social network known as O-Going.


Cynthia Culp

Nominated by: American Legion Post 291

Cynthia is married to Jerry, and they have one son, Jeremy, an assistant United States attorney, and daughter-in-law Elizabeth, a special-needs teacher who is expecting their first grandchild.

Cynthia has been involved with the Girls State program at the American Legion Auxiliary Newport Harbor Unit 291 for more than 20 years, starting as a committee member and then becoming the chairwoman in 1992.

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