Fletcher Jones Motorcars in Newport Beach recently held a coloring contests for children to design graphics for the Mercedes-Benz dealership's John Wayne Airport shuttle.
General Manager Garth Blumenthal ordered the new van to take customers to and from JWA and then decided to see if children wanted to design the graphics, according to a news release. The dealership held its "Van-tastic" contest on its Facebook page.
The first-prize winner was Aanya Amin, 7, who won $1,000 for her school, Fairmont Private School in Anaheim Hills. Kennedy Kwong, 8, took second place for Arroyo Elementary in Tustin, which will receive $500. Hannah D., 8, (last name withheld at the family's request) of Our Lady Queen of Angels in Newport Beach tied for third with Sydney Paidosh, 10, of Harbor Day School in Corona del Mar. Both schools will receive $250.
Balboa Bay Resort has new manager
Sam El-Rabaa has been appointed general manager of the Balboa Bay Resort, according to an announcement from Pacific Hospitality Group.
El-Rabaa has worked in the hospitality industry for 24 years, most recently as hotel manager of The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa. In Newport he will oversee the general operations of the 159-room resort and its ongoing renovations.
New manager at Bayside
Ed Rugg, who has worked in Orange County restaurants for 40 years, has joined the management team at Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach.
A wine aficionado and vintner, Rugg "will be involved in front-of-the-house activities and help develop the restaurant's extensive wine program," according to a news release.
Rugg, who lives in Dana Point, has worked with several Newport-area establishments, including Reuben's and and the Villa Nova.
Bar association receives gift
The Orange County Bar Foundation recently received the largest gift in its history: $15.3 million from the Jeffrey M. Carlton Foundation.
Carlton, who died in 2012, was chairman and chief executive of Press Forge Co., a metal forger in Paramount. He was a client and friend of Mark Minyard, a partner at the Newport Beach law firm Minyard Morris.
The donation, according to a news release, will fund foundation programs that help at-risk youths avoid delinquency, provide high school students with summer internships in law firms and other professional environments, and help provide mentoring to high school students whose dream is to attend college and possibly graduate school.
Bixby Land acquires building
The Bixby Land Co. has acquired a 47,541-square-foot office building at 1501 Quail St. in Newport Beach, according to an announcement from the firm.