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Newport Harbor gets $100,000 matching grant

Two Newport Beach families donated $100,000 in a matching grant to Newport Harbor High School, the Newport Harbor Educational Foundation announced Tuesday.

Philanthropists Cassie and David Conant and Sue and Nick Willett gave $50,000 from each couple to nudge new donors toward supporting the high school, according to a news release.

For each new donation of $2,500 or more to the foundation, a matching amount of money will be given out of the $100,000.

“Excellent schools make our community truly extraordinary,” David Conant said. “And we are proud to encourage other families to support Newport Harbor High School through the Newport Harbor Educational Foundation.”


Another donor, David Pyle, gave $50,000 for the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) college prep program at Newport Harbor, according to the release.

All the donations were made at the educational foundation’s annual Donor Appreciation Celebration on June 6.

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— Jeremiah Dobruck

Twitter: @jeremiahdobruck