By Andrea Papagianis
Members of the nonprofit Las Buenas Amigas—meaning good friends in Spanish—donated $7,500 to two local organizations assisting south Orange County’s youth, elderly and handicapped at their annual Christmas luncheon in December. Las Buenas members also celebrated their 46th anniversary.
Since the charitable organization’s founding in 1967, members have donated more than $500,000 to assist their community’s young and old.
This year, the Boys & Girls Club of the South Coast Area and RIO-Leo Fessenden CBAS—an organization serving adults who are physically, developmentally or cognitively impaired—benefited from Las Buenas donations. Directors of both organizations joined Las Buenas Amigas members and guests gathered at The Hills Hotel in Laguna Hills for their yearly lunch and boutique.
The event featured holiday tunes from two vocal performance teams from El Toro High School, Soundsation and Choralistics. The event’s attendees shared lunch, shopped door prizes and sang-along with the 66 member choral groups.
Also, the Las Buenas Amigas executive board for 2014 was introduced. It includes: Joyce Easton, Beverly McCarthy, Jan Hammel, Connie Ketron, Nancy Smith, Marsha Bise, Jean Opatrny and Louise Wilson.
For more information on the organization, call 949.499.1863.