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By Tom Ragan | April 1, 2010
A local Polynesian dance troupe, Tupua, will be hosting a fundraiser Saturday in Costa Mesa, commonly known as “a plate sale” among Orange County’s Pacific Islander population. The troupe will be assembling plates of hot food available for pickup only. The plate sale will subsidize the cost of costumes for a bigger joint fundraiser May 8 with Mater Dei High School, in an effort to benefit the troop, the school and American Red Cross’ relief for Haiti and Chile.
By Dan Pittman | February 1, 2010
A donation totaling over $17,000 to help fund Haiti relief efforts was recently given to the American Red Cross of Orange County by the employees and management of Costa Mesa-based Rutan & Tucker, LLP, California?s largest full-service law firm based in Orange County. The combined donation represented individual employee gifts made via check and online to the American Red Cross and other charitable organizations involved in the relief effort that were then matched by the firm.
By Jim DeBoom | March 16, 2010
Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary has answered the call from Rotary International to provide Haitians with desperately needed housing. Club President Tim Brown received a check for $5,000 that paid for five “Shelter Boxes,” emergency kits made by a United Kingdom-based nonprofit. “The club members individually truly stepped up and demonstrated the Rotary Way,” Brown said. The Rotary Clubs of Newport-Balboa and Newport-Irvine gave enough money to buy one Shelter Box each.
By Mona Shadia | January 21, 2010
Delaney DeCinces, her best friend Taylor Craig, Delaney’s sisters Paige and Riley, and Taylor’s brother Jordan are ordinary American kids. But a random act of kindness on their part has inspired an adult to go beyond expectations and help the people of Haiti recover from last week’s earthquake. “We heard there’s a big huge earthquake in Haiti and that people needed medicine and food and money for medical care,” Delaney, 9, and Taylor, 10, said in one voice.
By Sarah Peters, | January 11, 2011
NEWPORT COAST — When local philanthropic couple Jeff and Jackie Bird arrived home after participating in the Haiti relief efforts, they made plans to start a chain reaction that would bring ongoing help to the families devastated by the January 2010 earthquake. The couple immediately set to work launching the Catalyst, the first line of timepieces from Epic International. The Birds' newly founded company pledges to provide clean water to Third World countries with every watch sold — beginning with Haiti for the one-year anniversary of the quake.
January 20, 2010
Newsweek magazine published an article with Barack Obama’s byline headlined “Why Haiti Matters.” In it, President Obama explained his reasons for mobilizing a massive American response to the Jan. 12 earthquake there, including deploying some 2,000 Marines to the Caribbean nation. He wrote: “… above all, we act for a very simple reason: in times of tragedy, the United States of America steps forward and helps. That is who we are. That is what we do.” Do you agree with the president, or does his declaration expose the U.S. to having to commit troops to other parts of the globe not named Iraq or Afghanistan where large-scale tragedies and emergencies are taking place, such as the Darfur region of Sudan?
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.
By B.W. Cook | March 5, 2010
Despite mankind’s supreme technological advances, we are still at the mercy of Mother Nature. The recent magnitude 8.8 earthquake in Chile shocked an already horrified world reeling from the earlier disaster in Haiti. Americans can be proud of the fact that both government agencies and private citizens have donated manpower, life-saving food, water and medical supplies and hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the Haitian relief fund. We are now stepping forward to assist Chile as well.
March 4, 2010
  Randy John Henkle, 59, of Laguna Beach, passed away at his home on February 7th, 2010. Born in Garden City, Kansas, on March 13th, 1950, he was a retired teacher from Trabuco Hills High School. He is survived by his son, Marcus, his granddaughters, Madison and Marley, his sister, Kay Mylod, his brother, Stephen, his nephews, Pat Mylod, Aaron Henkle and Zack Henkle, his niece, Michelle Mylod, and his longtime friend and partner, Adrianne Gant.
February 22, 2010
On Wednesday, not only can you get a burger, fries and a shake, but you can also do it for a good cause if you go to Ruby?s Diner in Newport Beach. From 4 to 9 p.m. at the Ruby?s Diner at the end of the Balboa Pier, Newport Beach firefighters and lifeguards will help raise money for the Haiti earthquake relief effort by assisting restaurant employees with taking orders and serving food. To donate, people should bring in a flier from the city?s website and give it to the cashier when they pay their bill.
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