Around Town: Wine event benefits youth shelter

Ian Cauble, one of just 202 master sommeliers in the world and founder of, recently lent his expertise to help raise $75,000 for children in need.

Cauble served hand-selected wines during the fourth annual "Love Grows by Giving" fundraiser at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach and offered a blind tasting that allowed attendees to use their senses of taste and smell to guess wine selections.

About 400 guests attended the event, which benefited the Community Service Programs' Huntington Beach Youth Shelter, which serves homeless, runaway, abused and at-risk youths ages 11 to 17.

According to a press release, the shelter has helped more than 800 youths in the past eight years. About 90% of the children are reunited with relatives.

Several notables attended the February event, including Huntington Beach Councilman Joe Carchio, Angels Baseball Chairman Dennis Kuhl, and Steve Friedlander, vice president of golf for Pelican Hill. The event featured live jazz, wine education, beer samplings, food pairings and a silent auction.

Community Services Programs, a nonprofit agency serving Orange County residents in need, oversees the youth shelter.

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H.B. boy, F.V. man, honored by Boy Scouts

Huntington Beach's Riley Day was recognized at the Orange County Boy Scouts of America recognition dinner on Wednesday for an act of heroism.

Riley received the Life Saving Honor Medal for saving a girl from drowning at Del Mar Beach in June. He was honored during the annual event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Garden Grove.

Scoutmaster Joe Mundi of Fountain Valley was one of 20 Orange County residents awarded the Silver Beaver Award for philanthropy.

Mundi is leader of Troop 412 and a member of the training team in the Pacifica District. He earned the District Award of Merit in 2013.

"These volunteers exemplify the traits of the Scout Law and embody all that Scouting teaches," President and Scout Executive of the Orange County Boy Scouts of America Jeff Herrmann said in a news release. "We are thrilled to recognize their dedication to our noble cause."


Local teacher to study in Costa Rica

Huntington Beach High School teacher Isabella Roethel has been selected by the nonprofit organization Ecology Project International to participate in an eight-day Marine Education Fellowship in Costa Rica.

Ecology Project is a field science and conservation organization that partners scientists with local and international students and educators at ecologically critical environments in Costa Rica, the Galapagos, Belize, Baja, Mexico and Yellowstone, according to a news release.

Roethel will participate in a modified version of the group's Sea Turtle Ecology Program during her fellowship in March. Immersing herself in Costa Rica's ecology, she will spend three days at a leatherback sea turtle preserve and learn how education in the field can be used to enrich every classroom.

The group will also meet with Costa Rican teachers and students for a day of cultural exchange.


Dentist honored for work with nonprofit

Huntington Beach pediatric dentist Richard Mungo was honored as a

"visionary leader" in February during Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County's "Leaders in Oral Health" awards reception at Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa.

He is a founding member and current chairman of the board of Healthy Smiles, a nonprofit organization that works with dental and community groups on programs designed to prevent tooth decay and provide education and access to dental treatment.

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AROUND TOWN is a 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

[For the record, 4:30 p.m. March 13: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified vice president of golf for Pelican Hill. It is Steve Friedlander.]

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