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July 15, 2000
Noaki Schwartz NEWPORT BEACH -- The Conference and Visitors Bureau's 2000 Annual Dinner scheduled for Thursday won't be the same without CEO Rosalind Williams, bureau employees say. "The purpose is to reflect back on the accomplishments of the year and give awards," said Gail Ossipoff of the bureau, which is dedicating this year's event to Williams. Williams recently lost her battle with cancer. Known for her vivacious zest for life, Williams was responsible for organizing sporting events, dinners and other high-profile spectacles for the bureau.
NEWS
June 26, 2000
Andrew Glazer NEWPORT BEACH -- Rosalind Williams, who as the president and CEO of the Conference and Visitors Bureau helped bring golf tournaments, conventions and thousands of visitors to the town and as an activist brought hope to dozens of cancer patients, died at Hoag Hospital early Sunday of complications from a four-year battle with breast cancer. She was 55. "Rosalind was the source of my strength and the strength of many others," said her husband, Rick John.
NEWS
August 21, 2001
Newport Beach is inviting anyone with a connection to the city or Rosalind Williams to participate in the 2001 Race for the Cure on Sept. 23. The race will be held at 9:30 a.m. at Fashion Island. City officials have dedicated their team's performance to Williams, the former executive director of the Newport Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau. Williams died in June 2000 of complications from breast cancer. City employees, Williams' family and friends and council members walked last year.
NEWS
November 24, 1999
Southern Californians know Newport Beach is a community with great restaurants and hotels and gorgeous beaches, but it's getting that same message out to the rest of the country -- and the rest of the world, for that matter -- that has occupied the attention of Dover Shores resident Rosalind Williams since 1994. Williams, president and CEO of the Newport Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau, has used her savvy marketing skills to showcase the delights of the Newport area for crowds of Rose Bowl fans, groups of Japanese tourism executives and the many sailing enthusiasts who come here for the Newport-to-Ensenada International Yacht Race.
NEWS
July 6, 2000
Everyone will miss Rosalind Williams. And no one will ever quite replace the Newport Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau president who was so vivacious, tenacious and full of great ideas, creativity and life. Her passion for her job, her love for Newport Beach and her role as Promoter No. 1 of this town were unequaled. The accomplishments she attained since taking over the reigns of the sagging visitors bureau in 1994 were incredible. Williams was instrumental in bringing visitors into town for the Davis Cup, the Toshiba Senior Classic golf tourney and the long-running Newport-to-Ensenada Yacht Race.
NEWS
November 23, 1999
Rosalind Williams With summer over and many of the leisure visitors returning home, the Newport Beach Conference & Visitors Bureau has directed its efforts toward other sources of business. The great news is that the transient occupancy tax is up 28% for the first quarter of the fiscal year. The OK news is that hotel occupancy is flat. So what does that mean? Visitors are paying more to stay with us, but the number and/or length of visits has not increased.
NEWS
July 4, 2000
Noaki Schwartz NEWPORT BEACH -- A team of locals running in the name of Rosalind Williams, the Conference and Visitors Bureau chief who succumbed to breast cancer last week, is being organized to compete in the annual Race for the Cure this September. Friend and annual AIDS Walk participant, Deputy City Manager Dave Kiff, sparked the interest in starting a team to run in the annual fund-raiser to fight breast cancer with an e-mail message that circulated around Newport Beach City Hall.
NEWS
February 23, 2001
Richard Dunn NEWPORT BEACH - As the gates get ready to open for Newport Beach's most significant event, sporting or otherwise, the first order of business for the 2001 Toshiba Senior Classic is a moment of silence for the late Rosalind Williams. Thank you. If anyone in this town deserves a tribute, it's the one whose smiling face will be missed next week at the Senior PGA Tour stop at Newport Beach Country Club, though her spirit lives on. No one was a stronger supporter of the Toshiba Classic than Rosalind Williams, the city's enthusiastic ambassador to the world.
NEWS
November 6, 1999
Noaki Schwartz NEWPORT BEACH -- The newly revived film festival announced plans to host its first cinematic effort starting on March 30. "Everything is going well," said spokesman Todd Quartararo. "It looks like all the pieces of the puzzle are falling together. Everybody is really looking toward the future." In addition to a target start date, Quartararo said next week the Newport Beach Film Festival will officially move into an office, have a working Web site and a phone number.
NEWS
September 25, 2000
Danette Goulet Last year, she inspired hundreds of women with her stirring words and the brave way she continued to fight her battle with breast cancer. This year, after losing that four-year battle in June, Rosalind Williams continued to be an inspiration Sunday to more than 1,000 cancer survivors at the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation's ninth annual Race for the Cure in Newport Beach. "This is a symbolic day because our mother spoke at this last year and we just think it's important to be here and support those who continue to fight every day," said Jeff Williams, one of her two sons.
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April 17, 2004
June Casagrande It was in the Lido Theater that Gregg Williams first knew he wanted to be an actor. Dennis Quaid's performance in "The Right Stuff" spoke to the young Dover Shores resident in a way no other actor had. "I didn't understand it at the time, but what a great actor does is make you not want to take your eyes off the screen, and that's what Dennis Quaid did in that movie and that's what I wanted to do," ...
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NEWS
April 19, 2003
June Casagrande The problem with naming parks after residents who've made important contributions to the city is a good problem to have: Newport's extraordinary residents past and present are far more numerous than the parks that can fit in the city. That's the thinking behind a proposed ordinance to forbid the city from naming future parks in honor of noteworthy residents, even if those residents are of the stature of the late Rosalind Williams. The city has received an outpouring of support for a move by Williams' widower, Rick John, to name a future park after her, noting her accomplishments in helping turn Newport Beach into a world-known tourist destination.
NEWS
August 21, 2001
Newport Beach is inviting anyone with a connection to the city or Rosalind Williams to participate in the 2001 Race for the Cure on Sept. 23. The race will be held at 9:30 a.m. at Fashion Island. City officials have dedicated their team's performance to Williams, the former executive director of the Newport Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau. Williams died in June 2000 of complications from breast cancer. City employees, Williams' family and friends and council members walked last year.
NEWS
July 1, 2001
"You burn yourself constantly. I burn myself every night and most every day. You just accidentally touch something, but you get used to it." -- Steven McManus of Costa Mesa, on his job as a welder. "Some of these guys may want to become pilots. No time like the present to get them hooked." -- Greg Sequeira, president of the Orange County Flight Center, on why he donated time, fuel and planes to help reward the Dodgers, a Pony baseball team, after they won the Bronco Division championship.
NEWS
June 25, 2001
Tariq Malik NEWPORT BEACH -- A year ago today, the city lost a human dynamo. Rosalind Williams, who secured Newport Beach's reputation as a tourist destination for years to come, was remembered Sunday by her family in a mass held in her memory. Williams died last June at the age of 55 after a five-year battle with breast cancer. It was a battle that she fought publicly and defiantly, all while maintaining her ever-active command of the Newport Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau as its president and chief executive officer.
NEWS
March 8, 2001
The organizers of the Toshiba Senior Classic golf tournament rolled a lucky seven this year. It was the seventh year that we have been treated to seven days of the exciting golf event and, as it has been the last few, it was a lucrative venture yet again. Unlike last year, when a windy rainstorm barreled through town and spoiled the fun, Mother Nature was kind this time around and provided a full three days of fair weather for the final rounds. For the players and spectators alike, it was another memorable and successful show.
NEWS
February 23, 2001
Richard Dunn NEWPORT BEACH - As the gates get ready to open for Newport Beach's most significant event, sporting or otherwise, the first order of business for the 2001 Toshiba Senior Classic is a moment of silence for the late Rosalind Williams. Thank you. If anyone in this town deserves a tribute, it's the one whose smiling face will be missed next week at the Senior PGA Tour stop at Newport Beach Country Club, though her spirit lives on. No one was a stronger supporter of the Toshiba Classic than Rosalind Williams, the city's enthusiastic ambassador to the world.
NEWS
December 30, 2000
-- Compiled by S.J. Cahn Rosalind Williams The crowd that gathered to celebrate her life was a testament to her effect on Newport Beach. More than 700 friends and family members gathered July 1 to remember the beloved, exuberant and tenacious president and chief executive of the Newport Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau, who died in June after a five-year battle with breast cancer at the age of 55. No one was a bigger promoter of the city, no one was more active and strong.
NEWS
September 25, 2000
Danette Goulet Last year, she inspired hundreds of women with her stirring words and the brave way she continued to fight her battle with breast cancer. This year, after losing that four-year battle in June, Rosalind Williams continued to be an inspiration Sunday to more than 1,000 cancer survivors at the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation's ninth annual Race for the Cure in Newport Beach. "This is a symbolic day because our mother spoke at this last year and we just think it's important to be here and support those who continue to fight every day," said Jeff Williams, one of her two sons.
NEWS
September 23, 2000
Danette Goulet NEWPORT BEACH - Every day Nancy Brinker strives to keep a promise she made to her sister. "My sister died in 1980," Brinker said. "Right before she died she asked me to do something to eradicate breast cancer." At 36, her sister, Susan Komen died of breast cancer, leaving behind two children. Sunday morning, thousands of people will flood Newport Beach in a continued effort to help her keep that promise by participating in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Race for the Cure.
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