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By John Depko | March 31, 2006
Sharp political satire and wicked humor fill the plot developments of "Thank You for Smoking." Aaron Eckhart is perfectly cast as Nick Naylor, the slick spin doctor working as the public spokesman for big tobacco. He brings life and credibility to a very strange job. It requires him to convince Americans that being a merchant of death is an honorable and patriotic activity. Robert Duvall is the practical tobacco kingpin who hires him to be the front man for the industry. Naylor's understanding of the PR game is evident in the biting wit of his conversations with reporters, TV show hosts and Hollywood agents.
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By Brianna Bailey | May 1, 2010
When Jean Wegener, executive director of the Costa Mesa nonprofit Serving People in Need leaves work each night, the phones at the office are always still ringing these days. ?And they never stop ringing, all night,? she said. The charity, which offers homelessness-prevention programs and other assistance for people in crisis, has seen over the past few years a 65% increase in calls that it receives from families in financial trouble, Wegener said. Volunteers for SPIN will take to the streets today with the OC Marathon to raise money for families teetering on the brink of homelessness.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | May 1, 2009
Newport Beach resident Katie Nichols is nervous about seeing herself on television next week. “I can’t believe I jumped up and down and hugged Pat Sajak so hard, and does the camera really add 10 pounds,” Nichols said. Nichols, 25, realized her longtime dream of being a contestant on “Wheel of Fortune” in March. The episode is slated to air locally on KABC 7 at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. “You’re super nervous the whole time and you don’t know what to expect,” Nichols said.
NEWS
November 21, 2007
The Cursillos, a mens’ group at Our Lady Queen of Angels Church, will sell holiday wreaths to benefit Serving People In Need (SPIN), an organization dedicated to assisting low-income and homeless people by providing financial assistance for housing costs. The Cursillo’s 12-member group has been involved with SPIN for the past 10 years. They have picked up and stored donated furniture in the SPIN warehouse and created a coat drive that began at Our Lady Queen of Angels parish and now includes other parishes throughout the county.
NEWS
January 4, 2008
The Men’s Cursillo Group at Our Lady Queen of Angels Church raised $4,000 for Serving People In Need this holiday season. SPIN is an organization dedicated to assisting low-income and homeless people by providing financial assistance for housing costs. The Cursillo’s 12-member group sold fresh, 22-inch noble fir wreaths decorated with pine cones, cedar and juniper for $20 each. The fundraiser was so successful the men said they will do it again next year. For more than 10 years, the men’s group has been dedicated to helping and supporting programs at the organization.
NEWS
March 30, 2004
GETTING INVOLVED runs periodically in the Daily Pilot on a rotating basis. For information on adding your organization to this list, call (949) 574-4298. SERVING PEOPLE IN NEED Serving People in Need, also known as SPIN, is looking for volunteers to help prepare meals for the homeless, assemble hygiene kits, distribute meals and pick up food for preparation. SPIN provides move-in costs for housing, case management and support services to families leaving shelters.
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By Mona Shadia | December 23, 2009
Chick-Fil-A donated 300 hot meals Wednesday to Serving People in Need (SPIN). The hot meals were delivered to SPIN for distribution to the poor and the homeless in the streets. “We feel like we’ve been blessed so we want to bless others and help where we can, and so we decided we wanted to feed the hungry,” said Tammy Guadagno, owner of Chick-Fil-A on Bristol Street in Santa Ana. Serving People In Need is a Costa Mesa-based nonprofit that has been feeding the homeless and helping people get back on their feet for 20 years.
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By B.W. Cook | November 20, 2009
The Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington Beach, welcomed more than 250 guests for the 20th anniversary celebration on behalf of a local organization known as Serving People In Need (SPIN). Party organizers billed the event as “Under The Harvest Moon,” and invited celebrity chef Jamie Gwen of the Newport Coast to serve as mistress of ceremonies. Gwen is known locally in part because of her radio program on KFWB News 980, which is a live conversational cooking show on the air every Sunday.
NEWS
April 4, 2001
GETTING INVOLVED runs periodically in the Daily Pilot on a rotating basis. If you'd like information on adding your organization to this list, call (949) 574-4298. Serving People In Need Serve as a guide for homeless families by helping them set goals and maintain a basic budget. Bilingual skills needed. Orientation and training provided. Theresa Rowe, (949) 757-1456. Senior Meals and Services Inc. Volunteers are needed to deliver meals to homebound senior citizens residing in Costa Mesa who are not able to prepare their own meals and do not have anyone to prepare meals for them.
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By B.W. Cook | May 1, 2014
The Segerstrom Center for the Arts remains the cornerstone of culture in Orange County. The ever-constant devotion of a confederation of local guilds has, over some three-plus decades, provided a combination of enthusiastic moral and financial support. On April 12 in Costa Mesa, The Guilds of the Center gathered their combined formidable forces for the second spring celebration, billed as "Bet on the Wheels. " The evening of casino-style gaming, dining and dancing unfolded in the giant ballroom of the Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center, co-chaired by Amy Larson and Marty Olds . Also front and center for the event was overall guilds chair Marilyn McCorkle , who welcomed honored guests of the night Eve and Michael Ruffatto of Corona del Mar and Denver.
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By Emily Foxhall | April 15, 2014
SoulCycle, a trendy brand of spinning that enthusiasts claim as life-changing, may be coming soon to Newport Beach - its first Orange County location. The lease has not been finalized, but the city granted a minor use permit Thursday to clear the way for the spin studio's move to Fashion Island. "The application was submitted with the intent that they would be coming if they were approved," said Brenda Wisneski, the city's deputy community development director. Based in New York, SoulCycle was founded in 2006 and now boasts 26 locations, including Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, West Hollywood and Brentwood.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | November 14, 2013
"2013 marked our 25th anniversary, and this year's gala was, fittingly, the most successful we have ever had," commented Jean Wegener , executive director of Serving People In Need (SPIN). More than 380 generous patrons joined forces Nov. 1 in the grand ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa to raise funds and awareness for the work of SPIN, which assists Orange County families in crisis. The gala black-tie-optional evening featured the extraordinary culinary contributions of the Hyatt's executive chef, Manfred Lassahn , and staff working with celebrity guest chef and well-known American restaurateur and wine connoisseur Chef Charlie Palmer . Entertainment for the evening was provided by the platinum-selling recording artist Mark McGrath and his band Sugar Ray. The winning combination created an evening to be remembered, ultimately raising $220,000 (net)
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By Steve Virgen | July 20, 2013
Marisa Wayne has a tone of pride when she tells the story about how her father broke into show business and became a movie star and an American icon. It makes sense for her to be proud. Her father is John Wayne. "He played football for USC," said Marisa Wayne, the youngest of the Duke's seven children. "But when he was body surfing he hurt his shoulder and lost his scholarship for USC. He had to get a side job. He started with work as a prop man for the studios. He did parts here and there, caught the eye of John Ford and the rest is history.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | January 3, 2013
They're calling it a different spin on a tried-and-true concept. Burrissimo Fresh Italian is a newly opened fast-casual restaurant in Costa Mesa with assembly-line service reminiscent of Chipotle Mexican Grill. But don't expect south-of-the-border-inspired offerings from the 2,650-square-foot restaurant at 1534 Adams Ave. Patrons first choose one of three entrées: a "burrissimo," pasta bowl or chopped salad bowl. Next comes the choice to add a various assortment of grilled items, sauces, dressings, vegetables and cheeses, to name a few. "It's a word that we created," said Burrissimo owner John Parlet.
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By B.W. Cook | August 15, 2012
Guests began arriving about 6 p.m., entering South Coast Plaza at the enormous black and white glass-encased Bloomingdale's Wing. On a recent Thursday night on the Orange Coast, 12 people dedicated to Serving People in Need (SPIN) were welcomed to dinner at the chic Asian bistro AnQi, opposite Bloomie's. The men came in jacket and tie and the ladies wore summer dresses and proper heels. Fashion still can remain a sign of respect in a very relaxed world. Elizabeth An , the impressive restaurateur who along with her mother, Helene , and extended family have created a celebrated dining experience centered around their refined Vietnamese fusion cuisine at House of An restaurants in San Francisco, Beverly Hills and Costa Mesa, welcomed her guests who had come together with a serious purpose.
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By B.W. Cook | May 23, 2012
Strawberry Farms Golf Club in Irvine played host to the 7th annual Serving People In Need (SPIN) Spring Golf Tournament. One of the gents playing in a winning foursome suggested that the event was a "hole in one to stamp out homelessness in Orange County. " Close to 100 men and women converged on the rolling greens on this midweek day in May to take a stand and raise much-needed funds for folks who, at this point in their lives, have no opportunity to enjoy the good fortune of a day of golf and social merriment with their peers.
NEWS
January 3, 2012
COSTA MESA — Orange County has been awarded $13.7 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help address homelessness, with more than $400,000 going to Costa Mesa-based Serving People in Need (SPIN). SPIN received $403,208 for 38 beds, supportive services and transitional housing for the homeless. The money was awarded to Orange County as part of a federal Continuum of Care grant competition given to regional organizations. OC Community Services was named the lead agency for the HUD grant, with money going to 44 programs overall.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | December 16, 2011
The blessing of the Christmas season is surely the spirit of giving. There are so many people in need of basic elements of survival: food, clothing, shelter and an intangible element that is in a real sense just as vital - hope. Without hope for better times, the soul is wounded. Knowing that somebody cares, can in and of itself, send that ounce of hope that goes side by side with a warm meal, or a bed in which to sleep even if it is among a sea of cots and bunks providing shelter.
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