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There has been only one truly stormy day in Southern California this past year.

But that day just so happened to coincide with the much-anticipated Steel Magnolia Golf Tournament on Oct. 25.

Fortunately, there were more than 100 golfers who bravely faced the storm to help the Steel Magnolias raise funding for the Stramski Children’s Developmental Center at  Miller Women’s and Children’s Hospital. The wind and rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the golfers or the courageous volunteers out on the course with them. They enjoyed on-course food breaks donated by Joe Jost’s, Primal Alchemy, Santa Fe Importers and Raising Cane’s.

A reception followed with great food, drinks and lots of opportunities to bid on fun items. Held at Old Ranch Country Club, the event netted more than $55,000 for care of children with developmental conditions.

Seen at the scene: President Denise Dahlhausen, Golf co-Chairs Carmen Bubar and Dane Hickerson, Karen Owens, Cathy King, Heather Moro, Karen Blair, Maureen Sullivan, Suzanne Powell, Hilda Sanchez, Kathy Sears. Among the Men’s Alliance supporters were Rick DuRee, David Bubar, Pete Nabuda, Terry Evans, Bill Wild, Bob Emigh, John Krummell and John Metcalfe.

AbilityFirst Long Beach Guild

From left, Kay Berg, Joan Knight, Mary Alice Braly and Bea Almada at the Rainbows for Ability First Fundraising Luncheon in mid-October. (Photo by News About Town, LLC / Nancy Newman Photography)

“Rainbows for AbilityFirst,” the annual luncheon given by the AbilityFirst Long Beach Center Guild, was held at The Grand on Oct. 16.

The always popular shopping boutique — with jewelry, accessories, handbags and clothing available — was lively, along with the silent auction.

During the live auction, popular auctioneer Randy Gordon kept the room abuzz with raised paddles. Overall, the event raised more than $72,000 for AbilityFirst Long Beach Center programs for people with disabilities.

Auction packages included “Sunset on the Bay” cocktails and appetizers at the beach home of Bob and Guild Chair Mary Alice Braly; a gift certificate to Lawry’s Restaurant donated by board member and CEO of Lawry’s, Richard Frank; a stunning necklace and earrings donated by McCarty’s Jewelry; a “PURRfect” companion, donated by Judy Taylor, founder and president of Pretty Good Cat and a Furry companions; and a rescue dog donated by Piper Woods, founder and president of Paw in Hand Rescue.

Guests were shown sign language by Nick Laguna and Sarah Brown and joined the live performance of “God Bless America” by the ECHOS group. Event master of ceremonies, ABC7 reporter Karl Schmid, noted it was the first in-person event for the group since the beginning of the pandemic. Member and AbilityFirst parent Billie Short was guest speaker.

Since 1978, the AbilityFirst Long Beach Center Guild has raised funds to directly support and enrich the services offered at the Long Beach center. Net proceeds from this year’s event will help fund community outings, special events, playground equipment and furnishings for more than 100 participants at there.

Seen at the scene: Guild President Caroline Hansen, Guild members: Mary Alice Braly, Julie Taboada, Linda Silver, Myrna Wigod, Gloria Deukmejian, Pat Leue, Arlene Fillius, Fran White, Deloris Mayuga, Kat Evans, Mary Pat Sabol, Bea Almada, Terri Nikoletich, Caroline Hansen, Karl Schmid, AbilityFirst staff and board members April Stover, Kelly Privitt, Julianna Otis, Lauren Rayner, Kathy Platnick-Sanders and Patricia Vick.

 Historical Cemetery Tour

Adanna Kenlow and Henry Weaver portray Venson and Sarah Holman during the Historical Society of Long Beach Annual Historical Cemetery Tour on Oct. 30. (Photo courtesy of Kayte Deioma)

What a show. What a day.

The Historical Society of Long Beach held its 25th Historical Cemetery Tour on Oct. 30 at the Long Beach Municipal and Sunnyside cemeteries.

There were 1,323 people who participated in the self-guided tour. The exciting event brought in $56,244 to help preserve and promote the Historical Society of Long Beach’s collections.

There were 20 actors, costumed by the Long Beach Playhouse, who portrayed eight stories about folks buried at the cemeteries.

“The actors and writers went all out this year,” Historical Society Executive Director Julie Bartolotto said. “Each performance was outstanding. I am grateful to the volunteers and our core team that made the 25th Cemetery Tour a record setting year.”

There were 100 volunteers on hand ensuring the event ran smoothly.

A Dia de los Muertos exhibition was included in the event, along with community historian Karen Harper discussing the Takeshita family and local Japanese American history; Councilman Daryl Supernaw telling the story of his family (buried at Sunnyside); and authors signing books and a talk by historian Craig Hendricks entitled “Spies in Long Beach.”

Seen at the scene: California state Sen. Lena Gonzalez, Councilwoman Stacy Mungo, harbor Commissioner Bonnie Lowenthal, Long Beach Director of Parks, Recreation and Marine Brent Dennis, Evan Anderson Braude, Evelyn Knight, Theresa Marino, Historical Society of Long Beach President Melanie Werts, and board members Michael Soutar, Robyn Gordon-Peterson and Bianca Villanueva.

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Goals for Life

Goals for Life Executive Director and former San Diego Charger Reggie Berry (left) with former NFL quarterback and receiver Marlin “The Magician” Briscoe, Vice Chair and honoree Jim Emslie and mentor and former NFL player Bob Grant at Goals for Life annual fundraiser in mid-October. (Photo by Shirley Wild, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

The beautiful Long Beach waterfront area was again the site of the Goals for Life annual fundraiser on Oct. 17.

Goals for Life Vice Chairman Jim Emslie was honored for his life-time commitment to bettering the lives of the youth in our community and beyond.

It was a beautiful evening on the waterfront, with around 175 attendees. It was a successful fundraising event with $75,000 raised to help at-risk youth in our surrounding communities.

The attendees were treated to a photo booth, silent auction, a steel drum band, and libations and other refreshments donated and catered by Gladstone’s restaurant, whose owner, John Sangmeister, donates to the group annually.

Seen at the scene: Honoree Jim Emslie, Executive Director Reggie Berry, Treasurer Julie Boyd, board member and Norwalk Mayor Jennifer Perez, Paramount Mayor Brenda Olmos, Long Beach Councilman Roberto Uranga and his wife, former Councilwoman Tonia Reyes-Uranga, board members Steve Murow, Patt Watts and Geof Garth, donors Mike and Jennie Hite, Mel Wilson, and GFL mentor Ricky Ellis

News of Social events with charitable purposes may be sent to Shirley Wild at spwild@verizon.net or by fax to 562-594-9468. Please include a contact phone number. Send high-resolution jpeg photos, by attachment, to spwild@verizon.net and include group name and identification of individuals from left. Call Shirley at 562-594-9468 for more information. 

Source : https://www.presstelegram.com/2021/11/28/shirley-wild-steel-magnolias-play-golf-in-the-rain-raise-more-than-55000/

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