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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.
November 16, 2012
Former NFL stars Andre Reed, Chris McCalister and Anthony Miller are among a handful of celebrity guests who are helping to lead the inaugural Dave & Buster's Charity Golf Classic to benefit Talk About Curing Autism. The event also features a charity dinner Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Dave & Buster's in Irvine. The dinner is $50 and includes a $15 game card along with five raffle tickets and unlimited video play that night. The Golf Classic is on Monday, with registration at 9 a.m. and tee time at 11 a.m. at Aliso Viejo Country Club.
By Bradley Zint | November 13, 2012
As of Tuesday afternoon, a Newport Beach Movember team has raised more money than any other U.S. team, making it the organization's second-highest fundraiser globally. Led by "Coach" John Cornuke, a Costa Mesa native who now lives in Newport Beach, Team Nuclear's 170 members have raised $85,192, which puts them ahead of the 12,908 other American teams. By growing mustaches from Nov. 1 to 30, the men raise funds and awareness for men's health issues, such as prostate and testicular cancer.
By Andrew Shortall | November 8, 2012
Everyone will have a chance this weekend to get a sneak peek and taste of the new Habit Burger Grill restaurant, which is set to open at 1510 Adams Ave. in Costa Mesa. As part of its grand-opening celebration, the Habit has teamed up with three local organizations - Girls Inc. of Orange County, Share Our Selves, and the Estancia High School football program - for a trio of fundraisers spread out between Sunday and Monday. The chain, which is based in Irvine, will officially open its Costa Mesa location for business at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
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