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Around Town: Academic heights and money-raising Mariners

Around Town: Academic heights and money-raising Mariners
Katie Coates, the 2013 OC PRSA Distinguished Service Award honoree, and Steve Churm, right.


All that scholastic stress paying off

Chloe J. Lippold of Huntington Beach has been named a President’s Scholar with the 2013 incoming freshman class at Cal State Long Beach. She will receive a full, four-year scholarship from the university worth about $70,000.

Lippold graduated with the Marina High School class of 2013 and, fortunately for her, took her high school career seriously. Because of her efforts she qualified for the President’s Scholar as a National Hispanic Scholar through the National Hispanic Recognition Program. Each year, the program honors about 5,000 of the highest-scoring students from more than 250,000 Latino juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT.

She is the daughter of Timothy and Yolanda Lippold of Huntington Beach and plans to major in psychology at Cal State Long Beach. Her career goal is to become a therapist specializing in the treatment of autism spectrum disorders.

Cal State Long Beach’s president F. King Alexander said the school gets more than 700 applicants for the scholarships, but only 25 students are chosen.

As a President’s Scholar, Lippold will will receive priority registration, personalized advising, guaranteed acceptance to the University Honors Program and opportunity for international study abroad housing.


Perfectly Award worthy

Katie Coates Ageson, owner of Huntington Beach-based PR Perfect, recently received the 2013 PROTOS Award from the Orange County Public Relations Society of America.

The awards ceremony was held July 7 at Lyon Air Museum in Santa Ana.

PROTOS are the highest honor given in the Orange County public relations field, according to a news release.

Ageson was recognized for her understanding of the public relations process including research, defining objectives and demonstrating measurable results.



Parade Viewing and wetland conserving

Fred’s Mexican Café will hold a Fourth of July champagne brunch to benefit the Bolsa Chica Conservancy.

Tables are being sold now, and 100% of the proceeds will go to the conservancy’s wetland science education programs.

Guests will be offered an endless champagne brunch with unobstructed views of the Huntington Beach Fourth of July Parade. This year’s parade will feature The Incredible Hulk and a “Baywatch” favorite — also known as celebrity guests Lou Ferrigno and Nicole Eggert.

For reservations or information, call (714) 846-1114. Individual tickets for indoor seating and standing viewing are $40. Parking will be available below Fred’s, however it is recommended that guests travel by bicycle.


Mariners’ members give big

Members of Mariners Church were given a challenge to raise a lot of money for worth community groups and met the highest of expectations.

Worshipers in churches in Huntington Beach, Irvine, Mission Viejo and San Juan Capistrano raised more than $829,000 in April and May as part of “Be Fearless,” a short-term community service. The money raised will support specific programs identified by 50 nonprofit groups, most based in Orange County, according to a news release.

In April the 10,000-plus worshipers at the churches were challenged to fearlessly help meet growing hunger, poverty and other social needs throughout Southern California. Church leaders established aggressive 30-day goals for attendees to donate $500,000 above and beyond their usual level of giving, contribute 50 tons of food, and volunteer 15,000 hours of community service, according to the release.

Laurie Beshore, lead pastor of Mariners Outreach Ministries, said in the release that “what is most meaningful, and offers the greatest hope for the future, is the fact that more than 5,000 people got involved in some way — either by donating money, resources or their time in the form of volunteer service. This is God’s people responding to human needs to create lasting change.”

One of the recipients of the fundraising was Colette’s Children’s Home in Huntington Beach. The facility is for homeless single women, mothers and children and will use the money to make needed renovations and repairs, according to the release.

For a full list of partners and projects, go to For more information on Mariners Outreach programs, go to

AROUND TOWN is a weekly column about people and events in Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley compiled by city editor Alicia Lopez. Please submit information about your fundraiser, charity event or a person deserving attention to or