The 2015 Literary Luncheon Co-chairs, Nancy Miller, Barbara Hamkalo, and Jean Brotherton, worked with their committees to raise funds for various AAUW-LB projects that support our mission that advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. The Silent Auction co-chairs, Jean Vivrette and Pat Griggs, had a packed room of guests actively bidding and re-bidding for popular items, such as jewelry, paintings, limoncello baskets, hosted dinners, and vacation spots. Over 170 guests heard three leading women authors discussed their new books. At this event, Nancy Miller was recognized as the AAUW Funds Named Gift Honoree, which is the highest award given annually to someone who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and extraordinary work for the AAUW Laguna Beach Branch.
The Laguna Beach, California branch of AAUW offers opportunities for women in Laguna and surrounding communities to meet and network with other interesting women. We have members in Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Capistrano, Newport Beach, San Clemente, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Fountain Valley and others.
In addition to monthly meetings, we offer many interesting exciting programs and events, focused on having fun, making friends, and exploring topics of interest to women. Our branch also has several Interest Groups-art, books, poetry, international affairs, etc. - where members with similar interests meet regularly for discussions, tours or to just relax and enjoy each other’s company.
We also have several fundraising events each year that are open to members and non-members. Through grants and scholarships we use proceeds from these events to support education for women at all levels, from pre-school through graduate school.