Monday, January 26, 2009

Art Institute Employee Spends Birthday Giving Back



For her 50th birthday, psychology counselor at The Art Institute of California – Orange County Laura Pinkham wanted to do something more meaningful than a party. Laura decided to invite fifty of her closest friends and family to spend the day helping a local charity – Laura’s House (no relation), which offers shelter and counseling to women and children victims of domestic violence.

“I wanted to hold this event as part of my lifelong commitment to community service and encourage others to participate in similar events,” Laura said.

After brunch, the party began to put together bags of toiletries to take to the women at the shelter and plans were in place to plant flowers at the house.

“Laura is a wonderful woman with so many strong connections to the community and her desire to give back as a way of celebrating was inspiring,” said Interior Design Academic Director Ronni Whitman, who participated in the event. “We all live such busy lives and for those of us who are more fortunate, it is so important to give back.”
Click here to read an article on Laura in the Huntington Beach Independent.

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