6:19 PM EDT, June 30, 2011
Animal Crackers fundraiser at Marine Room
Friends of Animal Crackers, a pet rescue organization in Laguna Beach, will hold a fundraiser from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. July 8 at the Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Ave.
The fundraiser will help with the cost of taking in animals that other shelters cannot care for and are in danger of being euthanized, according to a news release from founder Gina Kantzabedian. Animals are not euthanized at Animal Crackers.
"The harsh reality is, not killing animals is a very costly proposition," Kantzabedian said, according to the release. "In one way or another, difficult-to-place dogs and cats are disposed of even at supposedly 'no kill' shelters, which breaks my heart and misleads the public."
Kantzabedian founded Animal Crackers about 20 years ago. The organization pays for vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and other medical bills for the dogs and cats that are taken in.
The fundraiser has a suggested donation of $25, with food, a no-host bar, silent auction and raffle. Reservations are not necessary. For more information, call (949) 315-0810 or (949) 494-6309. Direct contributions can be sent to Lisette Chel, P.O. Box 1206, Laguna Beach, CA 92852.
Local Realtors get top ranking
Jim Ardery and Diane Cannon of Prudential California Realty in Laguna Beach have garnered the Chairman's Circle Diamond award for sales in 2010. The pair are among the top .05% of more than 54,000 Prudential agents in the U.S., according to a Prudential statement.
Ardery and Cannon are noted for their detailed management of each real estate transaction, according to Prudential.
The pair was ranked No. 3 in Orange County and No. 18 in Southern California for sales production last year, out of 3,400 Prudential agents.
— Cindy Frazier