Laguna Beach Mag September 2016 : Page 28

COMMUNITY 1 2 GREEN FEAST FARM-TO-TABLE FUNDRAISER 1 Christy Caporale 2 A farm-to-table dinner was served alfresco at the eighth annual Green Feast. 3 Guests explore the grounds of The Ecology Center. 4 Alice Waters, Evan Marks 5 Attendees enjoy an assortment of farm-to-table dishes. SCOTT SPORLEDER 3 The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano celebrated its eighth annual Green Feast farm-to-table fundraiser in June with host Alice Waters, a noted “mother of the farm-to-table movement.” The event raised $250,000 that will be used to support various educational programs and initiatives at The Ecology Center, such as the Grow Your Own! program, which integrates gardening into school curriculums, and the Community Table Accord, which aims to create a sustain-able food community among local chefs. —Ashley Burnett 4 5 PANTRYPALOOZA 1 Tom Davis, Cindy and Jim Fletcher 2 Danny and Kristy Melita 3 Mandy Writer, former Laguna Food Pantry board chair Andy Siegenfeld, Barbara Pierce 4 Margie Bell, Tom Davis, Charlie Bell 5 Guests dancing to the tunes of The Agave Bros. 1 2 3 4 RON LEIGHTON 5 A surprise donation came through for Laguna Food Pantry, which celebrated its second annual fundraising taco party, Pantrypalooza, in June. Five days before the fundraiser, the William and Sue Gross Family Foundation offered to match the amount of donations given to the food pantry. In total, the organization was able to raise more than $100,000. The event itself drew more than 120 guests, who enjoyed tacos from La Sirena Grill and partied to the sounds of local band The Agave Bros. The funds raised at the event will allow the pantry to invest in practical goals like offering shoppers additional protein options and replacing a new freezer. The pantry is open every weekday, and collects and distributes 2,000 pounds of free groceries daily to low-income households around Laguna Beach. —A.B. 28 LAGUNABEACHMAGAZINE.COM

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GREEN FEAST FARM-TO-TABLE FUNDRAISER

1 Christy Caporale 2 A farm-to-table dinner was served alfresco at the eighth annual Green Feast. 3 Guests explore the grounds of The Ecology Center. 4 Alice Waters, Evan Marks 5 Attendees enjoy an assortment of farm-to-table dishes.

The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano celebrated its eighth annual Green Feast farm-to-table fundraiser in June with host Alice Waters, a noted “mother of the farm-to-table movement.” The event raised $250,000 that will be used to support various educational programs and initiatives at The Ecology Center, such as the Grow Your Own! Program, which integrates gardening into school curriculums, and the Community Table Accord, which aims to create a sustainable food community among local chefs. —Ashley Burnett

PANTRYPALOOZA

1 Tom Davis, Cindy and Jim Fletcher 2 Danny and Kristy Melita 3 Mandy Writer, former Laguna Food Pantry board chair Andy Siegenfeld, Barbara Pierce 4 Margie Bell, Tom Davis, Charlie Bell 5 Guests dancing to the tunes of The Agave Bros

A surprise donation came through for Laguna Food Pantry, which celebrated its second annual fundraising taco party, Pantrypalooza, in June. Five days before the fundraiser, the William and Sue Gross Family Foundation offered to match the amount of donations given to the food pantry. In total, the organization was able to raise more than $100,000.

The event itself drew more than 120 guests, who enjoyed tacos from La Sirena Grill and partied to the sounds of local band The Agave Bros. The funds raised at the event will allow the pantry to invest in practical goals like offering shoppers additional protein options and replacing a new freezer. The pantry is open every weekday, and collects and distributes 2,000 pounds of free groceries daily to low-income households around Laguna Beach. —A.B.

WITH MY OWN TWO HANDS’ THIRD ANNUAL RED CARPET AND DOCUMENTARY SCREENING

1 Lindsey Pluimer, Stan Verrett 2 The attendees previewed the documentary in the Port Theatre. 3 Standing (left to right): Shannon Trevino, Joel Misango, Lindsey Pluimer, Darcy Purvis; seated: Mary Beth Pugh, Denise Malone 4 Katie Roberts, Amber Hamusek

With My Own Two Hands, a local nonprofit foundation that supports orphaned, disadvantaged and inneed children in Africa, hosted its third annual red carpet event and documentary screening in early July. During the event, the organization’s latest documentary, “Driving Hope,” was showcased, which celebrates the foundation’s five-year anniversary. The event included red carpet photos, a cocktail hour, silent auction and hors d’oeuvres. —A.B.

SEACHANGE SUMMER PARTY

1 Jeff Goldblum 2 Seth MacFarlane 3 David Clayton Rogers, Sally Pressman 4 Andy Sharpless, CEO of Oceana 5 Ted Danson

The ninth annual SeaChange Summer Party, which supports Oceana, the world’s largest ocean conservation organization, was held in late July. The event honored the work of Seth MacFarlane, a longtime supporter of Oceana and a tireless advocate for the world’s oceans. The sold-out gala was held at a private estate in Laguna Beach with more than 400 guests in attendance. Overall, $1.3 million was raised to protect the seas.

Other celebrities in attendance included Ted Danson, who acted as master of ceremonies, along with Jeff Goldblum, Angela Kinsey and Sam Waterston. At the star-studded event, guests were treated to Nolet cocktails and had an opportunity to bid on prizes such as a BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition and a six-day trip aboard the Hemisphere, the world’s largest sailing catamaran. —A.B. LBM

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