Community Support2023-07-26T02:31:03-07:00

Community Support

Village Laguna sponsors many constructive community events and projects, some for free, some to raise money for issues, causes, and candidates.

2021 — Henry Morgan Stewart

2020 — Kenya Ripley-Dunlap

2019 — Charles Dickerson

2018 — Charlotte Hoffs

2017 — Alexandria Hinmon

2016 — Kara Dunne-Dombrink

2015 — Charlotte Andrews

2014 — Maya Keces

2014 — Jeannette Merrilees scholarships to:
2014 — Rory Saunders and Hannah Martin

2013 — Ava Eastman

2012 — Juliana Ferguson

2011 — Paul Donne-Dombrink

2010 — Nia Evans

2009 — Samuel Meyers

2008 — Matthew Ininns

2007 — Marshall Thomas

Approximately every other year since 2009, Village Laguna chooses dedicated local activists devoted to Laguna Beach causes and honors them with a dinner party. Past honorees were Bonnie and Arnold Hano in 2009, Elizabeth Brown and Carolyn Wood in 2011, and Verna Rollinger and Colin Henderson in 2013.

Every other year, Laguna Beach holds City Council elections. Because of Village Laguna’s commitment to preserving and enhancing both the character and heritage of Laguna and the habitat that surrounds it, we financially support City Council candidates that most closely agree with these values.

Every year, we hold a picnic, usually on Aliso Creek Beach, open to anyone who wants to come.
We build a fire and provide hot dogs and beverages. Participants bring potluck dishes and their
own plates and utensils. A great time is had by all!

Every year, Village Laguna awards grants to worthy organizations.

Pamela Lawrence of the Laguna Beach Community Clinic said after receiving the Dec. 2016 donation from Village Laguna: It is truly remarkable that a fellow nonprofit marks the Holiday season by donations to other local nonprofits! . . . Village Laguna is indeed an amazing “Force” in this town.

Also, every year since 1978, Village Laguna has awarded a scholarship to a LB High School graduating senior who shows leadership and involvement in activities that protect the environment and promote humanitarian goals.

  • South Laguna Community Garden Park
  • CCC Laguna Day Workers
  • Laguna Canyon Foundation
  • Laguna Bluebelt
  • Laguna Beach Community Clinic
  • Friendship Shelter
  • La Playa Center
  • Laguna Food Pantry
  • Laguna Beach High School Scholarship

Recipients Include (L to R):
Front Row: Sydney Jones, Laguna Canyon Foundation; Johanna Felder, Village Laguna President; Lidia Mandala, Laguna Beach Community Clinic: Charlotte Masarik, Laguna Bluebelt; Ginger Osborne, Laguna Beach High School Scholarship

Second Row: Dawn Price, Friendship Shelter; Bonnie Tender, Day Workers; Janet Waters, La Playa; Ann Belyea, Laguna Food Pantry; Sally Coffey and Ruben Flores, South Laguna Community Garden; Mary Ives, Village Laguna Treasurer

Laguna Beach High School Senior Charles Dickerson received his 2019 Village Laguna Scholarship from Village Laguna’s Judy Teverbaugh. During a course in Environmental Studies at Saddleback College, Charles became acutely aware of climate change, water and air pollution. That course inspired him to start an Environmental Awareness Club at LBHS. Propelled by his enthusiasm, he inspired his club to work on ecological restoration in the saltwater marsh of Upper Newport Bay. Charles’s studies at LBHS in Advanced Chemical Research shaped his desire to promote a positive effect on our environment. He plans to major in Chemical Engineering and Environmental Studies at Irvine Valley College. Congratulations to Charles!

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