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Langlois Foods to be honored at ball

Laguna Beach-based Langlois Fancy Frozen Foods, Inc. will be honored March 7 at the 2009 South County Seniors Captain’s Ball for providing food service to all the congregate centers and home delivered meal recipients under the direction and supervision of South County Senior Services, Inc. In addition to the work done for South County Senior Services, Langlois Fancy Frozen Foods provides frozen meals to numerous other agencies and governmental units throughout California and provides product to retail food chains under their private label. Robert J. Cavanagh, president and chief executive of Langlois, will be accepting the award. The event will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 7 at the Ritz Carlton, Dana Point.

This year, the Captain’s Ball will be an evening of “Dancing Under the Stars." The event will feature signature martinis, a live and silent auction, gourmet dinner and dancing to the Night Shift Orchestra from Citrus College. Volunteers Debra Alves, Sandy Lassiter and Ed Schrum will co-chair the gala, which hopes to attract 500 guests and raise $125,000 to support South County Senior Services.

South County Senior Services provides vital services such as Meals on Wheels, adult day care and transportation programs. Honorees for the event, who have devoted many years of service to assist seniors, will be Aileen and Paul Brazeau of San Clemente Villas, SCSS Board members and mother and son “generational supporters" Len Todisco and Anna Boyce, and Langlois Fancy Frozen Foods, a longtime provider of congregate meals for senior centers in Orange County.

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South County Senior Services is a regional nonprofit, non-governmental, charitable organization. It has served seniors and their families for more than 25 years. The mission of Senior Services is to provide resources for seniors to maintain their independence and quality of life. For more information, call Becky Lomaka at (949) 855-8033.

In-Home Care opens local office

Carmel In-Home Services, a leader in the field of elder home care and residential care for nearly 20 years in the San Fernando Valley, has expanded services to South Orange County. Laguna Beach resident Jenn Prewitt heads the new county office, which provides non-medical assistance for seniors and those recuperating from illness or surgery.

Services include, but are not limited to, personal care, companionship, light housekeeping, errands, transportation and meal preparation for those who wish to remain in their own homes. Caregivers may be used for as little as six hours once a week to a full 24 hour service, depending on the help that is needed.

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As Senior Case Manager, Prewitt offers a free assessment to match a caregiver with the needs of the client and family and then makes weekly visits to make sure the client is being well taken care of and that the match is a good one. Included in Carmel’s services is also a free weekly visit from their staff Registered Nurse. More information is available online at www.carmelcare.com or by phone at (949) 338-7422.

Born and raised in Laguna Beach, Prewitt is happy to return as an adult and to be serving and giving back to the community. A graduate of Laguna Beach High School, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cal State Long Beach. She is the daughter of Paul Prewitt, a physician at South Coast Mecial Center, and Cindy Prewitt, a retired family therapist, now active with Laguna Beach Live!

Prewitt feels her family medical background, EMT training, and volunteerism have prepared her for this work.

On the personal side, she enjoys working on her photography and has been an artist in the Sawdust Festival in the past, where she hopes to show again this summer.

Pacific Edge appoints general manager

Pacific Edge Hotel on Laguna Beach has named Erik Dahlerbruch the general manager. Dahlerbruch comes to Pacific Edge Hotel with more than 20 years of hospitality experience.

Most recently, Dahlerbruch was the corporate sales and marketing director for Westmont Hospitality Group, one of the largest privately owned hospitality companies in the world with more than 400 hotels on three continents. During his time at Westmont, he directed and supported sales and marketing for 15 full-service, boutique and all-suites hotels throughout the U.S.

Previously Dahlerbruch was vice president, hotel sales, for the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau. He has also worked for Hilton, Renaissance Hotels International and Marriott Hotels International in a variety of executive positions and been based in Southern California since 1989. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration "“ Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Denver in Colorado.

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“Growing up in Southern California, my family used to vacation in Laguna Beach. It’s always been a favorite destination, and my goal is to recreate those fond memories for our future guests," Dahlerbruch said.

Pacific Edge Hotel, formerly Vacation Village, is located at 647 S. Coast Hwy. The hotel is an independently owned and operated retreat featuring one mile of beachfront, 27 family suites, 103 guest rooms, two heated swimming pools, and a private whirlpool spa. For more information or reservations, call (866) 932-2896 or visit www.pacificedgehotel.com



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