January 29, 2010
This was better than attending the California Lottery Spin. The Pacific Life Foundation hosted their annual grant reception this week in Newport Beach, distributing $5.5 million to assist local organizations serving the community. The $5.5-million figure represents Pacific Life’s grant budget for 2010. In actuality, $3.4 million was delivered Monday evening, going to more than 200 nonprofit organizations in Orange County. The remainder will be distributed later in the year.
August 30, 2008
With the Labor Day weekend her, Southern California Red Cross officials’ faces are growing pale as blood donations from Newport-Mesa and surrounding cities are falling drastically short of what is needed. “We’re in a worse situation today [than Monday],” said Cliff Numark, director of recruitment for the Southern California Red Cross. “Going into Labor Day weekend — not good.” On Monday, the American Red Cross of Southern California issued a Red Alert, a desperate call for help to the public and city organizations to help replenish dwindling blood supplies as the holiday weekend approached.
July 22, 2008
More than 550 members and friends of the Newport Mesa Irvine Interfaith Council have toured China in the past six years, seeing the sights in Beijing, Hangzhou, Suzhou and Shanghai. The next trip, scheduled from Oct. 30 to Nov. 7, is $1,659; price includes four- and five-star hotels, round-trip airfare, English-speaking tour guides, deluxe tour buses, three meals daily and entrance fees. This will be the ninth tour that I will lead with the assistance of Linda Short, who will be on her fourth tour.
August 29, 2007
Pacific Life Insurance Co. in Newport Beach has named Sharon Cheever as its next general counsel, as longtime leader David Carmichael has announced his retirement after 30 years with the company. Cheever, who joined Pacific Life in 1986, will become the new general counsel Jan. 1. A graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law, she worked as an associate with the law firm O’Melveny & Myers before joining the insurance company. Carmichael started work for the company three decades ago and has been general counsel for 15 years.
July 12, 2007
Orange County United Way has honored the Pacific Life Insurance Company in Newport Beach for its charitable contributions this year. The insurance company received the nonprofit's Community Cornerstone Award at an annual celebration June 19 at the Balboa Pavilion. Pacific Life raised more than $450,000 in 2006-07 for United Way through a workplace campaign, and the company's foundation contributed an additional $220,000. Pacific Life also won the Golden Key award, given to companies that raise the most funds for United Way. "The team at Pacific Life Insurance Company takes their work of securing the futures of so many families to the next level," said Maria Chavez Wilcox, president and chief executive of Orange County United Way, in a news release.
December 3, 2005
Avalon recently announced that 25 apartments will be discounted for those with lower incomes. Newport Beach and Costa Mesa may be viewed as relatively affluent areas in Southern California. But there are many seniors living on fixed incomes who cannot afford to live here. The staff at Avalon at Newport -- a Newport Beach independent assisted living community -- received many requests to address the needs of low-income seniors, while undergoing a major remodel for the past two years.
July 17, 2005
The list of big backers for Newport Beach's centennial celebrations isn't 100 strong yet, but it sure seems like it's going to get there. The city announced last week that it has already collected $250,000 for the yearlong party that is set to begin in October. Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian has donated $100,000, the biggest gift yet. Pacific Life, Washington Mutual, Newport Orthopedic Institute and businessman John Saunders all have pitched in. (The Daily Pilot has also contributed to the celebration.
July 12, 2005
Andrew Edwards It doesn't look like it's going to take Newport Beach 100 years to raise enough money to throw a big party. More than $250,000 already has been pledged and collected for Newport Beach's upcoming centennial celebration. The celebration's tab is expected to reach about $1.2 million, centennial project director Marie Knight said. The city has already budgeted $350,000 for centennial-related bills, leaving about $600,000 still to go. Knight said she wants to avoid using the city's cash to pay for the party.
April 21, 2005
It was an evening of hope. Court Appointed Special Advocates of Orange County held its 12th annual "Celebration of Children" at the Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel in Costa Mesa. The black-tie event raised needed funds to protect the rights of abused children who might one day be proud to wear black tie to help others in need. The festivities attracted a crowd of 400 guests, who raised more than half a million dollars. 2005 was the year of Ron Herzig, who received the group's highest honor, Advocate of the Year.