Local News in Brief : Santa Ana : Blind Children’s Center Receives $50,000 Award

The Blind Children’s Learning Center was awarded $50,000 Wednesday by Amigos de los Ninos, a La Habra-based business group.

Amigos de los Ninos awards the money annually to charities for handicapped children. The Santa Ana center also received the award three years ago, said Many Solana of Laguna Niguel, a member of the Amigos board of directors.

The money was raised at the Amigos’ seventh annual Rick Burleson Golf Tournament, played last month at the Friendly Hills Country Club in Whittier, Solana said.

The center has a preschool for 31 blind children 6 months to 6 years old, and it runs two countywide programs designed to help families and teachers learn how to work with blind children.


The center will use the money for its In-Home Infant Program, which is now assisting 29 county families with infants and toddlers, center spokeswoman Linn Morgan said.

United Way provides 11% of the center’s $450,000 annual budget. The remainder is from private corporations and foundations.

The Orange County Register gave a $20,000 charities award to the center last week.