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  • Saturday, January 23, 2010


    Metro TALK: Rolling for Wishes, Orange Eichlers and Orange Rotary gives cash

    Metro TALK
    a community service of the
    Greater Orange Communities Organization

    3rd Annual Make-a-Wish fundraiser
    takes theme south of the border

    The 3rd Annual Rolling for Wishes Casino Night to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Orange County and the Inland Empire will be held Saturday February 27, 2010 at Orange’s Grand Street Center. The committee planning for this year’s event has set a high bar for the event- to raise even more than the $33,000 generated in 2009.

    Committee chair Karla Kjellin-Elder of Orange has been the driving force behind the event for the last three years. Kjellin-Elder and her husband, Jeff Elder (a member of the Make-a-Wish Board), completely underwrite the event each year. That generosity allows all the money raised from ticket sales, sponsorships and donations to go directly to the local Make-A-Wish Foundation. “The community has really supported our efforts,” says Kjellin-Elder. “With their continued support, we are looking forward to raising at least $3,000 more than we did last year.” .

    Rolling for Wishes has a unique theme each year. This year’s theme is Rolling for Wishes Olé . The Olé theme blends the relaxed attitude of the Mexico with the lively spirit of a Jimmy Buffet song. Guests will enjoy a buffet-style Mexican dinner, ice-cold Corona beer, cocktails, and desserts handmade by baker Fritz Jansen. The evening features a Casino Night, complete with Craps tables and a Poker Room. In addition, there will be a raffle with prizes that include five $100 South Coast Plaza gift certificates, USC Basket Full of Goodies, Wine from Tobin James and Wiens Wineries, an OC Museum of Art Basket, poker set, autographed cookbooks, a computer, and more. The grand prize opportunity drawing is a seven-night stay in beautiful Puerto Vallarta, Mexico at the Playa Del Sol, Costa Sur. Tickets for this prize are $25 each or 5 for $100. The highlight of the event will be a speech by John Ott, father of a child who received a wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

    The $36,000 goal will provide wishes to seven children with life-threatening diseases. To meet that goal, Kjellin-Elder and the planning committee hope to secure more donors and sponsors. “We're seeking underwriters and casino table sponsors for this event,” says Kjellin-Elder. “Sponsorships are $250. Any $400 sponsorship includes 2 tickets to the event!” People are welcome to donate any amount they can afford. Likewise, there is still a need for items to use in the raffle. “We appreciate anything you can give us—large and small items are welcome. We will use them all!”

    The event takes place on Saturday, February 27th, from 6:00pm – 11:00pm at the Grand Street Center, located at 146 Grand Street in Orange. Tickets are $65 per person, and $500 for a table of 10.

    For more information on the event, sponsorships, or gift donations
    CLICK ON:Rolling for Wishes Olé or call Karla Kjellin-Elder at
    714-921-2616 or email her at

    Historic Orange Eichler house to host drawings event
    Orange’s 330 Eichler home enclave will host a special exhibit of artist Jeffrey Crussell illustrating the architecture of developer Joseph Eichler and his early 1960’s mid-century modern homes built here in Orange. The exhibit will consist of 50 pencil drawings available as archival pigment prints in editions of 10 and displayed in a 1964 Eichler designed by the architectural firm of Claude Oakland. The venue for the event will be an historic 1964 Eichler home in Orange currently being restored. The exhibition runs from February 20- March 20th. The Opening Party celebration is February 20, 2010 4-8 p.m. The Closing Party will be held on March, 20, 2010 and will include a distinguished panel discussion that includes noted historian and architectural home author Alan Hess. Tickets must be request by email at
    For more information CLICK ON: EICHLER

    Orange Rotary awards cash in local teacher grants
    Nineteen Orange Unified School District teachers from ten local schools received mini-grant awards from the Rotary Club of Orange in conjunction with the Orange Education Foundation. The mini-grants were given to teachers who found an “Innovative Way” to teach a subject or subjects with projects that are not ordinarily funded through the school district. The mini-grants awarded included these innovated projects: building a flashlight out of household items; creating a school newspaper; building a walk-in planetarium; a time elapsed video diary; and creating stories and poems and having them bound and published for each student in the class with a copy for the Orange Public Library.

    Orange Unified Superintendent Dr. Renae Dreier (pictured right), herself an Orange Rotarian, presented over $10,000 in Rotary mini-grant awards in two separate presentations to teachers from 10 OUSD schools. The teachers who received the grants were: Kathy Lundberg (California ES); Sharon Cecchi and Richard O’Connor (Crescent ES); John McCarthy (Handy ES); Susan Mullins, Michele Stephans and Sarah Dalton (Imperial ES); Jeanne Matson (Prospect ES); Lynn Okamura (Running Springs ES); Christy Covington and Dana Vigneault (Serrano ES): Helen Ramsey and Kristen Dan (Sycamore ES); Tami Daffen (West Orange ES); and Szu Wei Hseih, Chelsea Bottomley, Teresa Andrade, Cheryl Robertson and Tara Randall (McPherson Magnet School).

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