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Laguna COVID-19 Relief Fund raises over $400K from local donations, more needed

The Laguna COVID-19 Relief Fund, launched in late April by a group of local business owners and community volunteers focused on creating instant financial relief for Laguna Beach residents, has raised over $400,000 to distribute to locals in need. 

The fund opened April 24 in collaboration with the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach and the Laguna Beach Community Foundation, which is making money available to individuals for rent, food, medical bills, and other basic needs with an emphasis on those in the restaurant, hospitality, retail, arts, and personal services industries.

Emergency assistance mini-grants in the form of VISA gift cards of up to $1,000 have already been awarded to 700 applicants, according to fund co-chair and local resident Bob Mister, who said applicants range from restaurant workers to hotel personnel, dog walkers to day laborers, to artists. 

Laguna COVID 19 Wayne and Terry

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The Wayne Peterson Foundation has offered a $25,000 matching donation to the Laguna COVID-19 Relief Fund for the next $25,000 raised; the late Wayne Peterson is seen here on the left with his partner Terry Smith

Recently, the Wayne Peterson Foundation Fund offered a $25,000 matching donation for the next $25,000 raised. “So, if you have not donated yet, please do it now to get this generous matching donation,” Mister said. 

The fund is taking applications until the end of June and may be requested by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or picked up at the Boys & Girls Club, 1085 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach (at the front door).

To donate, make checks payable to: LBCF Laguna COVID-19 Relief Fund, 580 Broadway, Suite 204, Laguna Beach, CA, 92651.

Applications and donations are also accessible online at


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