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BLOG: Locals Turn Out and Offer Love, Support

Friends gathered to help the family of Bryce Halbert who died in August. He is survived by his wife and four children.

It is now 3 weeks since our friend Bryce Halbert suddenly passed away. Although the feeling of helplessness has lifted, the sadness has now been shadowed by  the love and support that continues to surround the Halbert family.

Today was the LET THE LOVE FLOW...event that was put on by family and friends of the Halberts at Ocean Breeze Park. I arrived early to drop off some baked goods, Starbucks coffee, and puruse the selection.

This was well thought out, even so much as the women putting it on wore the same colors. It was elegant, diverse, and like the weather has been, warm and sunny. Although still not over the shock and loss of their friend, these women (and men) were full of enthusiasm and determination to make a difference in their friend's life.

There were people from all over, friends, family, parents of friends the Halbert children, teachers, neighbors, and a few people who really had no connection with the Halberts. This is what community is all about.

Some of my favorite tables included the entrance table where you could donate and recieve a "Bryce-let" which I purchased two, one for myself and one for my 9yr old. Also the lollipop garden, baked goods, and Tupperware! I just threw out the last of my Tupperware I received as wedding gifts back in 1980 and was delighted to replace them with new ones. There were other vendors too, like Arbonne. Each vendor pledging to donate a percentage to the fundraiser. 

The silent auction opened up on Thursday. A wide selection of items ranging from a stay at the Montage to a Powell's candy gift basket. I was out bid but it was fun to do counterbids and watch the proceeds soar.

Even as I went out to pick up Ballpark Pizza tonight, people recognized me and asked how the fundraiser went. Even though I don't know what the proceeds amounted to, I do know what the love did...added a large reserve that will help this family get through.

If you were unable to participate in today's fundraiser, you can still help by supporting one of the following restaurants:

    Wed., September 12 5-8pm Chick Fil A at Greenfield and Crown Valley           Rd...write Halbert on your receipt

    Tues., September 18 and Wed., September 19th ALL DAY Yogurtland Ocean                  Ranch...write Halbert on your receipt

    Tues., September 25 5-8pm Baja Fish Tacos Crown Valley (must have a flyer)

    Thursday, October 11 5-9pm Roman Cucina 25214 Cabot Rd. Laguna Hills...write Halbert on your receipt

    End of October, multiple dates TBA Shwack Beach Grill Dana Point

    Wed., November 7 ALL DAY Baja Fresh Marina Hills...flyer needed

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bill halbert September 08, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Bryce's mom & I are so very appreciative of the community outpouring of love & support for our son, Bryce & his family. Thank you Laguna Niguel. Bill & Ginny Halbert
Terri Bruno September 09, 2012 at 08:05 AM
It is pretty amazing that where ever I go people know about Bryce and the love and support is pouring in. It should always be like this- when a loved one passes. My family has contributed to The Halbert Family Trust - and I hope more families do as well - especially since Bryce has a young wife Tricia and four children under the age of nine. I could not stop thinking about how Tricia will have to handle this all and still take care of their children- it brings tears to my eyes when ever I think about it. I personally can't imagine having to take on something like this - help if you can, some how - some way - gift cards or gas cards - think about what you and your family do every day - and the expenses that build up. Bryce & Tricia were so in love - they to me were the "Perfect Couple" & had the "Perfect Family" - we will all miss you Bryce. Thanks for your post Anne. Neighbors and friends -Terri, Dawn & Hudson
Anne LeMay September 09, 2012 at 08:23 PM
fyi...The Halbert Family Trust P.O. Box 4156 Dana Point, Ca. 92629 or online at http://brycehalbert.lifememorial.com

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