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By B.W. Cook | August 20, 2010
The 19th Assistance League of Newport-Mesa Medallion Debutante Ball presented 10 exceptional young women to local society July 18. More than 200 family members and close friends joined hands applauding the accomplishments of the debutantes at an elegant Sunday evening coming-of-age ceremony held at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort in Newport Beach. A celebration that caps four years of community service that begins in the ninth grade, the debutantes first take their path as members of the "Assisteens Auxiliary.
NEWS
January 9, 2003
The Newport chapter of National Charity League Inc. celebrated its 42nd annual charity ball, introducing 27 accomplished young ladies to local society. The National Charity League motto is , "We search for charity within ourselves and strive for the graciousness to share it with others." To celebrate this community spirit, more than 500 guests converged upon the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Irvine to pay tribute to the social deliverance of local daughters, sisters and friends of the National Charity League.
NEWS
October 24, 2004
It's all about girl power. Girls Inc. has been proving that in Costa Mesa for 50 years. Girls Incorporated of Orange County -- an affiliate of the national organization, which is the nation's leading research and evaluation organization on issues pertaining to girls and young women -- has been a respected nonprofit in the community since 1954. It started empowering young girls on the Westside 50 years ago and continues in that noble endeavor today.
NEWS
February 27, 2013
A Newport Beach women's gym is hosting an online designer sale Thursday to benefit orphaned women in Kenya. Through its efforts with Empowering Lives International, an Upland-based nonprofit, CrossFit Fly aims to be "empowering women across the globe" as well as women in Orange County, Gena Wueste, an events coordinator and coach for CrossFit, said in an email. The event, dubbed "Beauty and the Buff," will be the gym, 3767 Birch St., from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring used clothing, which will then be listed online at Runway Junkie, a web-based marketplace that supports nonprofits.
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By B.W. Cook | December 5, 2013
In time-honored tradition, the National Charity League, Inc. presented its 53rd Debutante Ball, introducing 26 young ladies from the Newport Beach community to society. The debutantes were honored for six years of community service through National Charity League programs in Orange County, assisting more than 30 charities that benefit a wide range of important social causes. Nearly 500 guests in black tie converged Nov. 30 on the newly named Hotel Irvine (formerly the Hyatt Regency Irvine)
NEWS
December 28, 2000
The Newport Harbor Auxiliary of Children's Home Society of California welcomed elegantly attired guests in the holiday mood to the 44th Debutante Ball on the Orange Coast. Mrs. Finley Lowe Taylor, president of the auxiliary, greeted the arriving crush at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Laguna Niguel for an evening marking a coming-of-age ceremony for 16 outstanding young women in the community who were being recognized for their service to others. Founded in 1891, Children's Home Society of California is the oldest and largest nonprofit child welfare agency in the state.
NEWS
By B.W. Cook | July 27, 2012
The 21st annual Medallion Debutante Ball sponsored by the Assistance League of Newport-Mesa introduced 10 young ladies to Orange County society. The June 30 gala unfolded at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa and was chaired by Kathryn Schlesinger . Dale Johnston served as emcee for the presentation, which he has done for more than a decade. Joining Schlesinger producing the event were Assistance League Past Presidents Marie-France Lefebvre and Joanne Johnston . Dressed in traditional wedding-white, the young women wore long gloves and carried a pomander of pink and red roses as they made their formal entrance under a floral gazebo.
NEWS
May 24, 2007
Several female high school students in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District are a step closer to college after the Newport Chapter of the National Charity League announced its scholarship awardees this week. The mother-daughter nonprofit organization received 19 applications for its need- and merit-based scholarships, and awarded between $500 and $2,000 to each of the applicants, impressed by the teens' ability to balance extracurricular activities while maintaining a strong academic record.
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By B.W. Cook | December 5, 2013
In time-honored tradition, the National Charity League, Inc. presented its 53rd Debutante Ball, introducing 26 young ladies from the Newport Beach community to society. The debutantes were honored for six years of community service through National Charity League programs in Orange County, assisting more than 30 charities that benefit a wide range of important social causes. Nearly 500 guests in black tie converged Nov. 30 on the newly named Hotel Irvine (formerly the Hyatt Regency Irvine)
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | November 25, 2013
It wasn't too long ago that Julia Schaeffer consumed only 300 calories a day. She also refused to spend time with anyone, gave up on sleep and skipped classes to make time for exercise. Dance to gym to rehearsals to work and back to the gym - that was a typical day in her life. Social gatherings were another no-no because they included food and allowed people to notice and comment on her abnormal choices. "I couldn't concentrate in school, and I could barely hold a coherent conversation with my friends," Schaeffer, 22, recounted.
NEWS
By Jim de Boom | November 19, 2013
The Women's Opportunity Awards program assists women by giving them the resources they need to improve their education and employment prospects, according to Soroptimist International of Newport Harbor Area president Carolyn Turner. Women who are the primary wage-earners for their families, who are enrolled in education or training, should apply for a $1,000 cash award to be used for any education-related expense, including childcare and transportation. The Newport Harbor club honoree is eligible for additional awards at other levels of the Soroptimist organization.
NEWS
February 27, 2013
A Newport Beach women's gym is hosting an online designer sale Thursday to benefit orphaned women in Kenya. Through its efforts with Empowering Lives International, an Upland-based nonprofit, CrossFit Fly aims to be "empowering women across the globe" as well as women in Orange County, Gena Wueste, an events coordinator and coach for CrossFit, said in an email. The event, dubbed "Beauty and the Buff," will be the gym, 3767 Birch St., from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring used clothing, which will then be listed online at Runway Junkie, a web-based marketplace that supports nonprofits.
NEWS
By B.W. Cook | July 27, 2012
The 21st annual Medallion Debutante Ball sponsored by the Assistance League of Newport-Mesa introduced 10 young ladies to Orange County society. The June 30 gala unfolded at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa and was chaired by Kathryn Schlesinger . Dale Johnston served as emcee for the presentation, which he has done for more than a decade. Joining Schlesinger producing the event were Assistance League Past Presidents Marie-France Lefebvre and Joanne Johnston . Dressed in traditional wedding-white, the young women wore long gloves and carried a pomander of pink and red roses as they made their formal entrance under a floral gazebo.
NEWS
By Jim de Boom | June 9, 2012
Editor's note: The following is part of Daily Pilot columnist Jim de Boom's introductions for the Community and Clubs Hall of Fame Class of 2012 inductees. * Irvina Kanarek Nominated by: Costa Mesa resident Charlene Ashendorf. Irvina, who grew up in Newport Beach, is an alumna of Newport Elementary School, Ensign Intermediate School and Newport Harbor High School and lives in Costa Mesa. Rewrite Beautiful started when Irvina found herself with three very different jobs: a nanny, art teacher and counselor in an eating disorder rehab clinic in Newport Beach.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jim de Boom | April 24, 2012
Harbor Mesa Lions at a recent meeting presented local charitable organizations with funds to help their causes. The club has held fundraising events such as a casino night, a garage sale, bingo night, candy sales and a fashion show to raise more than $17,000 to donate back to those in need. Local charities included the Boys & Girls Club, Share Our Selves, Youth Employment Services, Orange Coast Interfaith Shelter, Blind Children's Learning Center, Foundation Fighting Blindness, Angels Charity, Second Harvest Food Bank and many Lions projects.
NEWS
By Marie Gentosi, Special to the Daily Pilot | March 28, 2012
The older generation will be happy to hear that yes, the younger generation is still being taught manners. The National League of Young Men (NLYM) hosted its Social Etiquette Dinner on March 18, drawing 50 area teens. Every year, about 25 junior boys from NLYM and about 25 junior girls from the National Charity League (NCL) attend the dinner. The students represented Corona del Mar, Newport Harbor, JSerra Catholic, Mater Dei and Orange Lutheran high schools, and St. Margaret's Episcopal School.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | May 21, 2011
COSTA MESA — An Estancia High School junior will represent Costa Mesa as she advances to the Distinguished Young Women's state competition this summer. Lauren Peterson, 16, won the title of Distinguished Young Woman of Costa Mesa at the program's regional Southern California Awards Scholarship competition on April 30. She will compete for the state title at the end of July for the chance to represent California at a national competition in Mobile, Ala. Distinguished Young Women, formerly named the Junior Miss Scholarship program, is a pageant, but Lauren is quick to clarify it's not about beauty or ball gowns.
NEWS
By Jim Carnett | April 11, 2011
I'm a dolt. Pure and simple. My wife brings up pop-culture names that I should recognize — like Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman and Rihanna — and, I confess, I have no idea who they are. Wait! Wasn't Anne Hathaway William Shakespeare's wife? Seems I once visited her cottage in England. To demonstrate my utter doltishness when it comes to celebrity, I offer the following true story: Seven baseball seasons ago, a good friend of mine, Doug, invited me to attend a Dodger game with him in Los Angeles.
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