Former La Cañada Resident Keynote Speaker at Luncheon

Mary Beth Perrine is the keynote speaker for the 58th Annual La Cañada Flintridge Orthopaedic Guild (LCFOG) Book and Author Luncheon. She is the senior director, Community Outreach for the Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC) and will address luncheon guests on Oct. 27 taking place at the Angeles National Golf Club. The festivities begin at 9:30 a.m. with an opportunity to greet authors, purchase their books and obtain autographs. There will be silent auction items waiting for bids and raffle tickets to be purchased. First up on the program will be Perrine followed by the two authors and an illustrator.

Perrine began volunteering at age 10 alongside her mother at Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital, now Orthopaedic Institute for Children. She was first hired by OIC in 1989 as director of Development. Not having any experience in fundraising, she knew and passionately loved OC.

Perrine said, “You didn’t need to ‘teach’ me to be passionate about the hospital … that came naturally for me.”

After 12 years at the institute she was director of Development for the Boys and Girls Club of Long Beach, vice president of Development for Ability First and director of Marketing and Membership for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. In 2011, Perrine returned to OIC as the senior director of Community Outreach, which included OIC Volunteer Services and liaison to the OIC Support Groups, one of which is La Cañada Flintridge Orthopaedic Guild.

Those who would like to attend the luncheon can contact Marianne Jennings at (818) 249-5443 or or Joan Cleven at (818) 249-4603 or to request an invitation. Those unable to attend but would like to assist OIC in caring for over 60,000 children with orthopaedic conditions each year can send a donation to La Cañada Flintridge Orthopaedic Guild, P.O. Box 777, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91012-0777.