Hurricane Odile Relief Check to Help Recovery Efforts
On Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2015, a check presentation at Laguna Beach City Council of nearly $12,000 was made to Grassroots Global Development and accepted by their Director of Communications & Partnership, Craig Nason, on behalf of funds raised to benefit the victims of Hurricane Odile. Members of Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association presented the check. Grassroots Global established the Cabo Hurricane Fund benefitting the ravaged communities of San José dl Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. This grant contributes to the housing needs of impacted and displaced families of San José del Cabo. Part of the funding – $2,500 – came from a grant last year which was unanimously approved by Laguna Beach City Council.
A year after the hurricane worked a path of destruction when it hit on Sept. 14, 2014 as a Category 3, residents still continue to rebuild their lives. Grassroots Global Development, under the leadership of Onagh Ash, Allison Dake, and Craig Nason, will dedicate the “Casa Laguna” residence at the end of November 2015 to a family in need of housing. Aptly named, it recognizes Laguna Beach Sister Cities and the supporting efforts of Laguna Beach. Laguna Beach and San José del Cabo have been sister cities since 2012, sharing similarities in art, beach culture, and reliance on tourism.
The check given to Nason came from the generosity of the Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association directors and members, Citizens of Laguna Beach, GE employees under the efforts of Paul and Georgia Puma, the Laguna Beach Board of Realtors’ members and affiliates under the direction of Fabiola Kinder (LBSCA - San José del Cabo liaison). Ruben Flores held a cabaret fundraiser at Laguna Nursery and collected donations from the community.
“Laguna Beach is celebrating its third year as a sister city to San José del Cabo. Please join the festivities at our Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 30 at the Sandra Jones Campbell Art Studio,” Kinder said. The party will be at 2173 Laguna Canyon Road from 8 p.m. to midnight. There will be live music by Groove Pocket with a hosted taco bar and beverages, and a costume contest with prizes! Tickets are $30. For more details and to RSVP, visit the web site at lagunabeachsistercities.com.
About Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association: Laguna Beach’s three Sister Cities are Menton, France; San José del Cabo, Mexico; and St. Ives, Cornwall, England. Since its inception, Laguna Beach Sister Cities, established in 2008, has been focused on cultural, educational, and social exchanges. It is a broad-based, Laguna Beach City Council approved, all volunteer, non-profit organization. Contact information: P.O. Box 1011, Laguna Beach, Calif. 92652. Call 949.492.0883, or visit lagunabeachsistercities.com.
Lana Johnson, CTA