LBBC Gala location

The Laguna Beach Beautification Council is at it again, this time with a celebration gala in the gorgeous gardens of one of Laguna’s most pristine estates.

Set for Saturday, October 17th from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m., the LBBC Gala will be in full Italian Renaissance swing with Italian opera singers, tray-passed hors d’oeuvres, plenty of flowing wine and even court jesters.

The entry fee – $175 for singles and $1,500 for a table of 10 – as well as the unique silent auction items purchased that evening will directly benefit the LBBC’s ongoing programs.

Ongoing programs, you ask?

Well, yes, as a matter of fact the LBBC has completed more than 100 beautification projects in this lovely town of ours, beginning with Henry Lawrence’s first initiative in 1952, when he undertook the giant project of cleaning up Coast Highway and Laguna Canyon Road. Somewhere in the middle of cleaning out all those weeds and planting all those beautiful plants, the Laguna Beach Beautification Council was born and helmed by Lawrence until his death in 2012.

The LBBC has never strayed from its mission to remove scrub and weeds, create consistent curbing, and beautify our town with the planting of native plants, trees, flowers and succulents.

While the LBBC members are heavily involved in city council meetings and decisions that involve the town’s beautification measures, the group isn’t an easily recognizable marching force of rakes and hoes. The LBBC goes about its work quietly, but its many completed projects continue to significantly change the foundational landscape of our town.

On October 17th, they’ve chosen one of our most beautiful private estates for their gala, a treat in and of itself for any garden- and architecture-loving guest. I love what these people do for our town, and look forward to thanking them at their upcoming gala. Buy your tickets online at their website – – under their “Events” tab.

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