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Costa Mesa’s Estancia TeWinkle Foundation Gala

The Estancia TeWinkle Schools Foundation, founded in 2003 from an endowment given by C.J. Segerstrom & Sons, provides additional funding to Estancia High School and TeWinkle Middle School. Both schools are well-known for providing quality education and programs for the youth of Costa Mesa. They are also the schools that many students in the Mesa Verde neighborhood attend. The organization supplies money to support academics, arts, activities, and athletic activities that are deemed positive for the schools.

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Tewinkle pic

On May 15, the community will have a chance to support the Estancia TeWinkle Foundation at their annual dinner gala and auction. According to Jennifer Knapp, ETS Foundation President, “Our goal is to encourage the business, parent, neighborhood, and alumni communities to support and contribute to the Foundation, with the goal of growing our endowment.  With greater resources, we can do more to support academic excellence and student achievement.  The gala is a wonderful opportunity to bring those communities together and allow them to show their support.” 

The night is sure to be entertaining with cocktails, dinner, dancing, and more. The foundation will also be presenting awards to 2 distinguished alumni from Estancia High School. Who will be honored?

1. Wing Lam (Class of ’79): Lam runs Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, which has over 50 stores throughout the USA. He makes it a goal of the business to contribute to the community and society. Lam also supports many organizations, including the Surfrider Foundation, Children’s Hunger Fund, World Wildlife Fund, and Doctors Without Borders.

2. Kevin Sloat (Class of ’77): Sloat  is the principal and founder of Sloat Higgins Jensen and Associates, which is a successful full-service lobbying firm based in Sacramento. With nearly 25 years of experience in state government under his belt, he’s had the privilege of serving as deputy chief of staff and legislative secretary for former Governor Pete Wilson and as the top aid for longtime Orange County legislator Marian Bergeson.  Sloat has been a major contributor to important statewide programs in healthcare, children services, education, and transportation, as well as legislation for class size reduction. 

The purpose of the gala fundraiser is to support and further education at Costa Mesa’s Estancia and TeWinkle schools. It’s sure to be a memorable and worthwhile event. For more information about the gala dinner, please contact Kathy Esfahani at (714) 754-5451 or Jennifer Knapp at (714) 292-2662.  Tickets can be purchased at www.ETSFoundation.org 

About Torelli Realty: Torelli Realty is proud to represent Costa Mesa real estate. We’ve been meeting the needs of Costa Mesa home buyers & sellers since 1984. Torelli Realty also deals with Costa Mesa rentals, Costa Mesa property management, and offers home improvement and home staging tips to help your home’s value throughout Costa Mesa and in Mesa Verde. We also have an expert on staff, Holly Schwartz, who came to us as a producer from Home and Garden Television (HGTV) and extensively studied home values and markets locally and nationally. Feel free to contact Torelli Realty for a consultation and for all your real estate needs.


Spotlight on a Local Hero – Costa Mesa Deputy Fire Chief Kirk Dominic

Costa Mesa’s deputy fire chief Kirk Dominic is a wonderful role model for our community and The Daily Pilot featured him in a recent article about his good deeds.  Not only does he serve our town through his work with the fire department, he also recently returned from helping in Haiti.  From January 24-31, Dominic provided medical assistance with the group Hope Force International, which is a non-profit organization that offers assistance in disaster-stricken areas.

Pic of Kirk Dominic

Deputy Fire Chief Kirk Dominic

Dominic felt compelled to lend a hand after the earthquake struck Haiti in January.  He selflessly treated the injured and helped his group aid hundreds of people in the few days they were there.  Now that Dominic is back home here in Costa Mesa he is working to train others so that more volunteers can assist in Haiti.

Costa Mesa’s fire department and police department have a strong presence in our community and we are thankful for their commitment to the residents of Costa Mesa.  More than that, our city has great individuals like Dominic who are willing to put the needs of others up front.  Values like these deserve recognition – thank you Kirk Dominic!

Incredible Unsung People Who Changed Costa Mesa And Society for the Better

Costa Mesa has a rich history and the Costa Mesa Historical Society does a great job of informing the public about the past of the city.  This weekend the society is hosting a free talk given by Pulitzer Prize Nominee Craig MacDonald called “Incredible Unsung People Who Changed Society for the Better.”  This is a great opportunity to learn about exceptional people who impacted Costa Mesa.

Pic of Craig MacDonald

Craig MacDonald

MacDonald has done extensive research to prep for his talk and will speak about not only the men, but also the women, who deserve recognition for their part in Costa Mesa’s growth and development.  It takes the vision of ALL members of the community for it to thrive.  We welcome the positive message that the historical society is sending out about invaluable people who sought to make society better for those who followed them.

For Costa Mesa residents, it’s a huge benefit to have the non-profit Costa Mesa Historical Society as a public resource.  It’s a great place for families to spend time together or just to drop in and learn more about the city we call home.

Doors will open for the program on Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 2pm.  The admission is free and refreshments will be provided.  Let us know if you check out this event… We’d love to hear your thoughts about some of the unsung heroes of Costa Mesa.

Costa Mesa Shoe Drive for Haiti Earthquake

The devastating earthquake that struck in Haiti on January 12 has left thousands in need of help.  Sports retailer Sports Chalet announced that it plans to team up with the organization Soles4Souls to collect gently worn shoes for the victims in Haiti.

Picture of Haiti Earthquake Damage

Haiti Earthquake Damage

One of our agents, Louise Fiduccia, heard about the efforts and felt compelled to help make a difference.  She has a niece in Haiti, who thankfully is safe, but so many others are suffering.  Following the example of the real estate group Long Beach Broker Preview Meeting (LBBPM), Louise is supporting Sports Chalet’s shoe drive by spreading the word to Costa Mesa and offering easy drop-off points for donated shoes.

Picture of Louise Fiduccia

Louise Fiduccia


Louise is setting up a shoe donation box at Torelli Realty, which is centrally located in Costa Mesa at 2845 Mesa Verde Drive East, and encouraging the public to bring shoes for men, women and children. Louise will transport the shoes to the Costa Mesa Sports Chalet so that Soles4Souls can distribute them to those in need.  Please note that children’s shoes would be greatly appreciated.  The shoe drive ends on January 31.  All Sports Chalet locations will be accepting donations until that time.

Louise Fiduccia is a great role model and we are thankful for the compassion and dedication she has to help the people in Haiti.  In fact, she even spent this weekend going door to door in her Mesa Verde neighborhood collecting donations with her wagon.  Please sort through your shoes and see if you have anything you can give away to help others who are in dire need. We ask you to bring them to Torelli Realty before January 31 or you can drop them off directly at any Sports Chalet location.

Costa Mesa High School Cheerleading Squad Honored by Award and Looking for Sponsors

Let’s hear it for the Costa Mesa High School Cheerleading Squad!  A couple of weeks ago we blogged about how the Costa Mesa High School Cheer Squad was chosen as the 2009 American School Spirit Award winner.

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Costa Mesa High School Cheer Squad

It’s a prestigious award given by the Universal Cheerleaders Assocation that goes to the top cheer program in the USA and is based on the cheer program, community involvement and academics.  There’s a big ceremony at the 2010 High School Cheerleading Nationals in Orlando, FL the weekend of February 13.  UCA will fly out the coaches and four squad members to accept the award but the team is hoping to raise enough money for the entire squad to go through the community and corporate sponsors.  Will Costa Mesa show support for this spirit-raising group?

If any community or corporate sponsors are able to provide a donation they will have their name printed on the nationals shirt they wear as they travel and will be acknowledged in the year-end program.  All contributions will be tax-deductible since they are a non-profit group.  Please contact CMHS Cheer Coach and Advisor Kori Johnson at 714-299-1967 to donate or get more information.

Costa Mesa Has Spirit… A Post-Holiday Wrap-up

The holiday spirit is always a great force in Costa Mesa and 2009 was no exception. In a year that was especially hard for people financially and emotionally, it’s such a joy to see our community banding together to spread holiday cheer. Here are a few post-holiday endnotes:
Picture of firefighters giving gifts to kids

Costa Mesa Firefighters giving gifts to kids

-Our company successfully collected items for the Spark of Love toy drive and the Costa Mesa Firefighters Association Operation Santa Letter Program. Spark of Love is a toy campaign that collects toys for disadvantaged children in the community. The Operation Santa Letter Program, as reported by the OC Register, gave away toys and basic necessities on Christmas Eve to a women’s shelter and needy children and local residents who are staying in a local motel. The program was started by firefighter paramedic Todd Palombo eight years ago and involves children writing letters to Santa.

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$40K in 40 Days Gift Table

The Someone Cares Soup Kitchen campaign called 40K in 40 Days provided over 1,200 holiday dinners at the Costa Mesa soup kitchen on December 23. Each person was given a backpack filled with over 25 items including clothing, toiletries and essentials. Plus, over 3,000 toys were distributed & Santa Claus paid the children a visit! (The campaign is still accepting donations. Those willing to donate can do so here.)

The OC Register wrote about a group called “Senior Smiles, Moms and Tots,” which caters to lonely seniors. Mothers and their young children met with local seniors to spread some holiday sunshine. The group was started by Costa Mesa resident Jennifer Fairchild.

Yes, the holiday spirit lives on in Costa Mesa and that makes our community a special place all year long.

Costa Mesa Students Do Good & Bring Holiday Cheer

Our community really comes to life during the holiday season and Costa Mesa students are making it even better.  Recent headlines boast of how students have been giving back this holiday season.  Their efforts not only send a positive message out to the community but more importantly they offer inspiration and hope to so many.  Some notable (and noble) examples that were newsworthy this past week were:

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Adams Elementary School students at Target

The OC Register ran a piece about how 6th graders from Adams Elementary School went to Target to perform random acts of kindness.  They randomly distributed $25 gift cards and motivated people to pay it forward by doing nice things for 3 other people.

-The Daily Pilot reported that Christ Lutheran School’s 4th-grade girl scout Troop 1461 gathered 117 winter coats to warm up those in need.  The donations went to local nonprofit Share Our Selves, which does so much to provide necessities to people in the area.  Also, the chapel took up a collection from students that will purchase for grocery store gift cards, which will be a blessing to local families.

-The same Daily Pilot article also noted that students at Mariners Christian School made shoe boxes with gifts for children all around the world as part of a program called Operation Christmas Child, which is run by nonprofit Samaritan’s Purse.  This holiday season approximately 300 children will receive gifts!

Our children are representing the town in such a great way and are a source of pride for Costa Mesa.  Thank you students & happy holidays!