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Newport Beach

Volume 4, Issue 49  |  June 18, 2019

Newport Beach Foundation celebrates future leadership and community organization, The Literacy Project

Local citizens, working professionals, business owners and civic leaders attended Newport Beach Foundation’s celebration event at the Balboa Bay Resort to honor recipients of the organization’s “Distinguished Citizens Program” (DCP) and charitable partner “The Literacy Project.” The Newport Beach Foundation, a nonprofit philanthropic organization re-established in 2017, is on a mission to strengthen current and future community leadership. To date, the organization has impacted several hundred people, showcased several charitable organizations and put on four marquee events.

Newport Beach Foundation celebrates Wortmann

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Photos by Meghan Black Photography

(L-R) Chairman of the Board of Governors, Balboa Bay Club, John Wortmann; Founder of the Literacy Project, Sue Grant; and Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Steve Rosansky

 “There is a generational divide between those who have created the legacy of Newport Beach and the next generation whose time is approaching to step up and serve,” said Joe Stapleton, chairman of Newport Beach Foundation. “It is our goal to give them a pathway and platform to build upon.”

Newport Beach Foundation celebrates Chris and Morgan

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 (L-R) Chris Delfs and Morgan Christen

The Distinguished Citizen Program was created from the vision of former City Manager and Citizen of the Year Homer Bludau. The program featured more than 16 presenters from the city of Newport Beach and successful local business owners. Event graduates were honored for completing the program at the February 27 event, along with a special presentation from two of the members on their experience.

Newport Beach Foundation celebrates Leung

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 (L-R) Newport Beach City Manager Grace Leung with Chairman of the Newport Beach Foundation Joe Stapleton and Sarah Stapleton

“The DCP is a four-week program that activates and connects you with our city leaders,” said DCP graduate Niki Stoller. “This program isn’t only for the politico. It’s also for the people who want to come together and get involved to make Newport Beach better for our next generation.”

Newport Beach Foundation celebrates Williams

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 (L-R) Gary Williams Sr., Cheryl Williams and Gary Williams Jr.

The event also supported “The Literacy Project” – a nonprofit dedicated to helping children become self-sufficient, productive and contributing members of our society with literacy programs.

Event sponsors included Newport Beach & Company, The UPS Store, Ballast, BreezeIT, Redwood West, Color Wine and Towne Park Brew.

Newport Beach Foundation celebrates graduating class

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Distinguished Citizen Program graduating class during their “pinning ceremony”

For more information on how to get involved or attend future events, visit

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