Producer Lauded for Lupus Show

Costa Mesa resident Beth Bingham has been presented the Arthritis Foundation’s Russell L. Cecil Writing Award for a program she hosted and produced about systemic lupus, a major form of arthritis.

The award was presented to the KODC-TV worker by the Orange County Lupus Support Group, a unit of the Orange County Branch of the Lupus Foundation of America.

Her program, which aired last year in conjunction with National Lupus Awareness Month, was judged the best TV program on arthritis diseases in the western states region.

Tigest Kebede, 18, of Anaheim Hills was selected winner of the 67th Assembly District Committee of the California Democratic Party scholarship. The $250 award is based on community service and academic achievement.


The Canyon High School graduate will begin premedical studies later this month at UCLA.

Tami Eichenauer, 17, of Mission Viejo has been named a semifinalist in the Salon Selectives Super Hair Search sponsored by ‘Teen Magazine. Her picture will appear in the October issue of the magazine. Qualifications for the contest include being 12 to 19 years old and having “terrific tresses and standout stylish hair.” The winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship.

Bernice Hird, president of the the Orange County Girl Scout Council and director of several Orange County organizations, and Walter Gerken, a trustee of the Orange County Performing Arts Center and UC Irvine College of Medicine, will receive service awards from the League of Women Voters of California at a dinner Sept. 24 at the Embassy Ballroom at Disneyland.

Costa Mesa resident Bill Bandaruk has been appointed a national director of the Navy League of the United States by league President William C. Kelley Jr.


Bandaruk fills the unexpired term of the late Harbor Municipal Judge Calvin P. Schmidt.

Claremont resident and English teacher Brenda Finn, who holds master’s degrees in counseling and English, has been named assistant principal at Sonora High School in Fullerton.

Chrysanthi Settlage, a freshman at Cornelia Connelly School in Anaheim, was named winner of the annual statewide essay contest sponsored by the Native Daughters of the Golden West. Her winning essay, “California’s Wonderful Women,” won the Whittier resident $50.

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