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By B.W. Cook | June 24, 2009
The invitation read, “Life Is A Journey … The Learning Never Ends.” KOCE-TV, the shining star of Orange County public television held its 2009 dinner fundraiser at the Island Hotel, Newport Beach. The party was sophisticated and upbeat, honoring the remarkable career of California State Sen. Marian Bergeson Sen. Marian Bergeson and the contribution and partnership of the respected Discovery Science Center represented by Joe Adams . The gala evening was co-chaired by the elegant tall blond Orange County attorney Ardelle St. George and her fiery redheaded associate and local social mover and shaker Peggy Goldwater-Clay . This event, like many other serious-minded fundraisers for good causes, followed the traditional format of cocktails, dinner and auction.
By Heidi Schultheis | June 26, 2007
The colorful hula hoops, jump ropes and Frisbees that filled the playground were much more than toys. On Monday at the Girls Inc. facility in Costa Mesa, they served as tools for team-building. More than 100 girls, ages 4 through 12, marked the first day of the Girls Inc. summer program by competing in relay races such as walking while balancing a beanbag on their heads, and jumping like frogs through an obstacle course while laughing and shouting words of encouragement for their new teammates.
January 29, 2004
B.W. COOK Newport Beach-based Pacific Life Insurance handed out more than $3 million in grants last week at a reception held at its Fashion Island national headquarters. Representatives from 190 nonprofit agencies in Orange County converged upon the Pacific Life building, entering a white tent erected for the cocktail reception and benefit. Gifts bestowed on local charities ranged between $2,500 and $100,000, with $2.4 million distributed to appreciative recipients at the party.
By Amanda Pennington | September 8, 2006
Costa Mesa-based Emulex Corp. announced this week the appointment of James McCluney to president, chief executive and a member of the board of directors. McCluney takes the place of longtime chief executive Paul Folino, who will move to become the executive chairman of the board of directors. Folino has been a household name in the community for his work with the Orange County Performing Arts Center and as chairman of the New Majority — Orange County, a Republican organization and a major contributor to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
March 22, 2005
3 win community service award Three Newport Beach residents have received the Girl Scout Council of Orange County's 2005 "Women of Distinction" honor for community service. Peggy Goldwater Clay, Julie Jacobson and Ronna Shipman will be honored by the council at a luncheon on April 5 at the Hyatt Regency Irvine. Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit Project Hope School, an outreach program for girls in homeless families. Clay, a board member of the KOCE-TV Foundation and the Brain Imaging Center at UC Irvine, has also done fundraising work for abused and hearing-impaired children and for the Discovery Science Center of Orange County.
July 17, 2005
Alicia Robinson If all goes as planned, more than 200,000 tiny plastic bricks will set a record at the Orange County Fair today. Orange County "Legophiles" spent the weekend creating an American flag in their preferred medium, and they hope it will qualify for a Guinness record. Friday, members of the Southern California Lego Train Club and curious fairgoers began building the flag, which the club expected to complete today. The club also has a separate Lego train display -- the largest it has ever made -- at the fair.
January 25, 2003
It is a cocktail reception that anyone associated with Orange County philanthropy does not want to miss. Pacific Life of Newport Beach, the largest insurance company in the state of California handed out $2 million this week out of a total of more than $3 million earmarked for charitable and civic causes in 2003. The Pacific Life Foundation, a division of the giant insurance corporation, recognized more than 150 organizations, giving grants of $2,500 to $200,000 to assist them in their charitable endeavors.
By Candice Baker | May 4, 2009
Although Costa Mesa student Grayson Erskine didn?t end up with a perfect projectile, he still had fun and learned a lot. At the annual bottle-rocket launch at the Boeing facility in Huntington Beach, put on by the Discovery Science Center, Grayson used tape to add several fins to the sides of his bottle. ?I was just experimenting, but it didn?t fly straight,? said Grayson, 11. He and his family joined nearly 1,000 would-be rocket scientists Saturday at Boeing, where they dispatched hundreds of two-liter creations into the sky. ?
November 19, 2001
Bryce Alderton Sophia Courtemarche, 2, dipped her paintbrush into a plastic bowl full of brown paint and began whisking brown strokes across the blue construction paper, all while keeping quiet about what she was creating. "I don't know whether that's something she wants to [reveal]," chuckled Sophie's grandmother, Loretta Courtemarche, when Sophie was asked what she was making. The duo and Sophia's mother, Lisa, enjoyed the craft table on Sunday during the second and final day of South Coast Plaza's Thanksgiving Celebration Weekend.
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