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Age Well Senior Services fundraising event raises $108,000

The annual Captain’s Gala helps support South Orange County’s Meals on Wheels program.

By Elaine MurphyPublished: March 23, 2012 07:45 AM

Age Well Senior Services, a Laguna Woods-based nonprofit organization, raised $108,000 at its annual Captain’s Ball gala, held at the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel. Age Well provides services and programs to low-income senior citizens in south Orange County and is responsible for the region’s Meals on Wheels program, which delivers meals to seniors who are unable to cook or go out to eat on their own.

The event honored Orange County Supervisor Pat Bates and Southern California Edison President Ron Litzinger for their involvement in the community. Bates has served Orange County for more than 20 years as Laguna Niguel’s first mayor when the city was incorporated in 1989, and serves in her current position as supervisor of 12 south O.C. cities in the county’s fifth district. Litzinger has held several leadership roles at Southern California Edison, and is on the board of directors of the Long Beach Symphony Association. 

To highlight the organization’s connection to Meals on Wheels, the gala’s theme was Big Wheels Drive Meals. The event was chaired by Mark Burton of New York Life Insurance Co. and James Cherrie of Southern California Edison, and was sponsored by Monarch HealthCare of Irvine, which contributed $20,000.

Age Well provided more than 500,000 meals last year through Meals on Wheels.

“We were delighted with the generosity of our sponsors and attendees who helped us raise $108,000, and to honor these two outstanding individuals,” said Age Well CEO Dr. Marilyn Ditty.

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