By The Capistrano Dispatch

San Juan Capistrano’s altruism and gratitude were on full display during the holiday season, as residents and community leaders carried out several successful events in support of the city’s adopted 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment.

In November, the city’s ball gown donation drive brought in more than 80 gowns for Marine wives to wear to the annual formal Marine Corps ball. Also that month, the Rotary Club donated Thanksgiving meals to 40 Marine families, and 18 Marines were also invited to partake in traditional turkey dinners at several residents’ homes.

“There were more requests for the community to have Marines and Sailors over for turkey dinner than we could accommodate,” said Nori Jackson, family readiness officer for the 1/11 Marines, in a statement.

In December, the 1/11 Adoption Committee donated more than 500 toys for the children of Marines and generated more than $850 in donations at its bake sale during the city’s Tree Lighting Celebration.

The donations helped fund a Christmas party on base for the Marines—an event that was also attended by more than 25 volunteers from the community, including City Councilman, Rotarian and committee member Larry Kramer, committee chair and former councilman Tom Hribar, as well as several members of the Rotary Club, the Tortugas and Homefront America.

For more information about upcoming fundraising events, contact Cathy Salcedo at or call 949.443.6317.

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