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June 21, 2013
A Costa Mesa-based karate studio helped to raise $10,000 through a charity golf tournament. Bob White's Karate Studio on Victoria Street hosted the June 18 event, called Golfing For Kids, at the Costa Mesa Country Club. The proceeds will go to Royal Family Kids, or RFK, which helps children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected. Bob White, a Costa Mesa resident, also organizes the annual Bob White Invitational karate tournament that raises funds for RFK. "I am sure [Golfing For Kids]
By Jeremiah Dobruck | May 3, 2013
Adams Elementary School Principal Gabriel Del Real was avoiding something at the end of the Friday's morning assembly. "But I have to do it because I promised," he said. "You promised, all right!" a student shouted from the crowd of kids sitting on the blacktop. Making good on his pledge, Del Real stepped into a chalk square drawn on the ground and prepared to be covered in silly string. As a reward for their 100% participation in Adams' jog-a-thon fundraiser April 24, two classes got to spray the principal from head to toe. Soon he was cocooned in pink foam while the audience screamed with delight.
By Rhea Mahbubani | March 21, 2013
Parisa Esfahani's heart swells every time she learns of Orange County residents participating in community programs focused on alleviating poverty. A three-time participant in Concern America's Walk out of Poverty, Parisa, 18, of Costa Mesa, recalls her mother, who is "very passionate about … everything," frequently raising the topic of impoverished communities. Eager to broaden "privileged minds and vision," Parisa, then a student at Estancia High School, introduced the initiative to members of her Advanced Placement Spanish class and the National Honor Society.
February 27, 2013
A fundraiser for Newport Harbor High School will take place Thursday at the Newport Beach campus. The food truck event is from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., near the parking lot off 15th Street. It will benefit the school's California Scholarship Federation chapter and its scholarships. —Bradley Zint Twitter: @bradleyzint
By Jeremiah Dobruck | February 22, 2013
Runners and students from schools across Costa Mesa and Newport Beach will lace up and then line up at Fashion Island on March 3 for the 30th year of the annual Newport-Mesa Spirit Run. This time, some elite runners may join them. The Spirit Run is offering a cash prize for the first time, after being accepted into the Southern California USA Track and Field Grand Prix Road Running Championship Series. The top six finishers will split $1,250, and participants can earn points toward the 11-event road-race series.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | January 31, 2013
When Kevin Doyle's daughter was 2 years old, she was spry and energetic, but in the space of a week, she went from jumping and skipping to not being able to roll over in her crib without help. Doctors believed it was a virus that would pass, Doyle said, but now at 7 years old, Mercy Doyle is struggling with the same symptoms. She suffers from tremors in her feet and deteriorated muscle coordination. She is unable to walk or crawl. "We've been through four different chemotherapy treatments and some other similar-style stuff that people use for very strong arthritis," Doyle said.
By B.W. Cook | January 24, 2013
The operative word is ambitious. The result has been nothing less than extraordinary. Launched in the spring of 2010, Children's Hospital of Orange County created a fundraising campaign with the goal of raising $125 million to fund the remodel and restoration of Orange County's premiere pediatric health facility. Last Saturday evening in Newport Beach, close to 500 guests converged upon the Island Hotel for the fifth annual CHOC Cherishes Children gala, raising some $900,000 toward the ultimate campaign goal.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | December 14, 2012
Students at Corona del Mar High School got the chance to grade their teachers Thursday. Twelve educators teamed up with members of the Orchesis dance team for the first night of "Dancing with the Teachers" to raise funding for the program. First on stage was boa-clad American Sign Language teacher Tammy Owney for a Latin-inspired dance. Running through dress rehearsals, Owney said she was nervous. "The kids see us in a different element," she said. "Now we might mess up. " But her trepidation was unfounded, earning rounds of applause from the gym and an 8, 9 and 8 from the three judges.
By Britney Barnes | November 21, 2012
Community members can spread holiday cheer through a Westside Costa Mesa nonprofit that has served underprivileged teens for the last 20 years by helping them decorate a virtual Christmas tree. Save Our Youth, or SOY, is asking the community to help decorate its first virtual tree by donating $20 to $5,000 for virtual ornaments, lights and presents to help support its programs that assist students in going to college, keeping them out of trouble and raising their self esteem. The tree can be seen on the nonprofit's home page at . "We are just hoping to be able to keep our programs alive through the school year," said Mary Cappellini, a member of the nonprofit's board.
November 19, 2012
Taco Asylum is joining the disaster relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy victims. From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday, 100% of the restaurant's profits will be donated to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund. Previously, restaurant partners Greg Daniels, Wil Dee and Ace Patel raised $27,000 at Haven Gastropub in Orange for victims of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and victims of the 2011 tsunami in Japan, according to an email announcement. Taco Asylum is at The CAMP, 2937 Bristol St. B102, Costa Mesa.
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