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Volume 7, Issue 96  |  December 2, 2022

Angie Rowe receives Junior League of Orange County’s highest honor

Earlier this month, Aliso Viejo resident and OC nonprofit leader Angie Rowe received the Junior League of Orange County’s (JLOCC) highest honor, the Kathryn Raulston Community Service Award. Sally Lawrence, the 2014 recipient, presented the award to Rowe in a virtual ceremony. The award is given to a Junior League sustaining member whose commitment to the community sets an outstanding example for other volunteers. It was established in honor of the first president of the Newport Harbor Service League (NHSL) who served the organization from 1956-1958. JLOCC is located in Newport Beach.

During her 24 years of membership in the JLOCC, Rowe rose to the position of president, and also served on the organization’s Senior State Public Affairs Committee (SPAC), and on the board as vice president, community director and communications director. In the latter role, her leadership and expertise resulted in a newly designed newsletter for JLOOC that won a national award. She continues to be active as a sustaining member in the League by mentoring younger members.

Angie Rowe receives Angie

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Angie Rowe

Beyond her decades of leadership and participation in the Junior League of Orange County, “It is Angie’s work outside the League that is most impressive,” said Lawrence. “She has taken her League training into the community for the greater good, benefiting such programs and organizations as the OC Marathon, Global Genes and now Beyond Blindness.”

Rowe makes a daily difference in the lives of children and families throughout Orange County through her position as president and executive director of Beyond Blindness, formerly the Blind Children’s Learning Center. Based in Santa Ana, the nonprofit’s mission is to empower children with visual impairments and other disabilities to achieve their fullest potential.

“Angie was one of the first nonprofit executives at the outset of the pandemic to recognize the importance of online programs to stay connected to kids and families who desperately needed services,” said Lawrence during the awards ceremony. “Through her leadership, Beyond Blindness made an immediate and innovative shift to an online virtual learning model and increased the number of families they served during the crisis.”

“I am deeply honored to receive the Kathryn Raulston Community Service Award from the Junior League of Orange County,” said Rowe. “Over my more than two decades in the League, I’ve developed valuable skills that complement my education and professional training and that have been key to my ability to create positive impact for children and families who need support. Today, I’m proud to be leading Beyond Blindness into the future, rewriting the paradigm of care for children in OC so that, no matter their abilities, they will be equipped to live full and rewarding lives.”

To learn more about the JLOCC, call 949.261.0823, or visit

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