Sherri Cruz

Sherri Cruz covers retail, nonprofits and many of the Business Journal's Beyond Work stories focused on the leisure and charitable activities of businesspeople here. She can be reached at

Phone: 949-833-8373 Extension: 229

Recent Stories

Laguna Lovers Buy Again in $6.1 Million Short Sale

Oceanfront Home Listed For $10.9 Million in 2010

Laguna lovers buy again in $6.1 million short sale, in Luxury Homes

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Impact Giving Awards $130K From Pooled Donations

Recipients Include Lotus, Foster Youth Org

PHILANTHROPY Column by Sherri Cruz

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Tides at Crystal Cove Home Sells for $7.6 Million

Drew Few Offers Until After Listing Was Ended

Tides at Crystal Cove home sells for $7.6 million, in Luxury Homes

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Lady Ducks Fashion Show Raises $120K

To Help Fund Fitness Center in New Tower

PHILANTHROPY Column by Sherri Cruz

Historic Oceanfront Home in Laguna Goes for $8.4M

French-Styled 5-Bedroom First Listed for $13M

Historic five-bedroom home in south Laguna Beach’s Three Arch Bay neighborhood sells for $8.4 million, in Luxury Homes

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Luxury Lift

Realtors Report Revved Up Sales for Q1

Luxury home buyers got off the sidelines and into action during the first quarter

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Trad Couple Pays $5.1M for Contemporary in CdM­­

Ocean View From Kitchen, Dining Area, Family Room

Traditional couple pays $5.1M for contemporary home in Corona del Mar, in Luxury Homes

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AT&T Golf Program Raises $697,000 for OC Scouts

14th Annual Fundraisers Notch Big Annual Uptick

PHILANTHROPY Column by Sherri Cruz

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A Giving Sort

Susan Samueli Talks Philanthropic Philosophy

COMMUNITY: Susan Samueli talks philanthropic philosophy

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Getaway Home in Shady Canyon Goes for $12.8M

Golf Course-View Property First Listed for $18.9M

Getaway home in Shady Canyon goes for $12.8 million, in Luxury Homes

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Charitable Community Mourns Researcher’s Passing

Shanbrom Was a Renowned Hematologist, Philanthropist

Philanthropy Column by Sherri Cruz

Online Auction Fetches $4.1 Million for Laguna Home

Price Down From $7.5M Listing in November

Bluff-top home in Laguna Beach recently sold in online auction for $4.1 million, in Luxury Homes

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OC Auto Dealers Association Awards $66,000 in Scholarships

Loara High School Wins Car-Repair Competition

PHILANTHROPY Column by Sherri Cruz

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Agent Sells Childhood Home Above Asking Price

$8M Offer Snags Property On Peninsula Point

Agent sells childhood home above asking price, in Luxury Homes

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Center of It All

Club Includes Prominent, Aims for Next Generation

Center Club counts prominent, aims for next generation

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St. Mary’s Gets $160,000 for Special Classroom, Staff

Hausman Nonprofit Assists Learning-Challenged Kids

PHILANTHROPY Column by Sherri Cruz

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Device Maker Lands at $4.6M Home in Corona del Mar

New Spot Comes With Courtyard, Wine Cellar

Entrepreneur who recently sold a medical device company buys $4.6M home with wife, in Luxury Homes

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Pac Life Foundation Bestows $2.4M to SoCal Agencies

Almost 200 Nonprofits Get $5,000 to $100,000 Each

PHILANTHROPY Column by Sherri Cruz

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Family Finds $8.1M Pelican Crest Nest After 2 Years

Six-Bedroom Home Initially Listed for $15M

Family purchases home on Pelican Crest in $8.1M cash transaction, in Luxury Homes

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Mind Research Institute Conjures $450,000 at Gala

Math Systems Developer Honors Teachers, Schools

PHILANTHROPY Column by Sherri Cruz

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N.Y. State of Mind Yields Smooth Sale in Irvine

Buyer, Seller Simpatico Due to East Coast Roots

N.Y. state of mind yields smooth sale in Irvine, in Luxury Homes

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Community Foundation Awards Up 30% to $28.9M

Lam, Kalogridis, Parry Receive Honors

PHILANTHROPY Column. Newport Beach-based Orange County Community Foundation awarded $28.9 million for its 2011 fiscal year

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Laguna Niguel Pricing Roiled by Nearby Short Sale

All-Cash Deal Reflects Tough Lending Climate

Laguna Niguel pricing roiled by nearby short sale, in Luxury Homes

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OC Health Nonprofits Share $1.5M in Komen Funding

Breast Cancer Charity IDs Recipients at Breakfast

The Orange County chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure awarded $1.5 million in grants to 15 local nonprofits that work to promote breast cancer awareness. In the Philanthropy Column.

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Coastal Views Hook Texas Executive in $6.7M Buy

Plans Rebuild to Boost Splendor of Laguna Perch

Texas business executive purchases home perched above Irvine Cove in Laguna Beach for $6.7 million, in Luxury Homes

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Plus-Size Result: $522,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Gourmet Bash Fetes Ducks COO Ryan for Kids Work

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County raised $522,000 at its 47th Annual Gourmet Dinner.

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$6.1 Million, Thousand Steps in South Laguna Deal

Abel-Designed Home Has Verdant Hues Inside, Out

"Greenstone" home goes for $6.1 million in South Laguna, in Luxury Homes

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Chapman Gala Nets $2 Million for College Scholarships

Wylie and Bette Aitken Donate $2M for Center

PHILANTHROPY Column by Sherri Cruz

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Shady Canyon Deal: 3 Visits, $8.9 Million in Cash

View, Room for Cars Help, Seller Seeks Place on Coast

Shady Canyon deal: three visits, $8.9 million in cash, in Luxury Homes

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Toshiba Medical Donates Diagnostic System in Kenya

CT Scanner First in Area; Saves Patients 8-hour Trip

PHILANTHROPY Column by Sherri Cruz

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No Distress Signal on Auction for Dana Point Cape Cod

More Like Fine-Art Affair; $5 Million Minimum Bid

No distress signal on auction for Cape Cod-style home, in Luxury Homes

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Think Together Head Gets Boost in Forbes Magazine

Bren Calls Program Chief “Innovative, Dedicated”

Philanthropy Column by Sherri Cruz

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Backup Plan Pans Out Nicely in Pelican Crest Sale

New Buyer Fills Garage With Birthday Presents

Backup plan pans out nicely in Pelican Crest home sale, in Luxury

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Komen Race Raises More Than $2.6M, Runs After More

Another $500,000 to Goal; Pimco Team Tops Field

Philanthropy Column by Sherri Cruz

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Special Features Help on $6.6M Sale in Irvine Terrace

Glass “Pocket Doors” for Views; 2 “Serious” Offers

Special features help on $6.6 million home sale in Irvine Terrace, in Luxury

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RV Entrepreneur’s Sales Goal: $100,000 for CHOC

McMahon Looks to Make Total With Raffle Tickets

PHILANTHROPY Column by Sherri Cruz

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REO on Newport Coast Gets More than Asking Price

Multiple Offers Indicate Market “Starting to Settle”

REO gets more than asking price, in Luxury

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Serato Chooses All for Anaheim White House Program

Nonprofits to Get Weekly Meals, Use of Hall, Staff

Anaheim White House restaurant owner and chef Bruno Serato’s latest creative charitable endeavor begins next year.

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You Gotta Ask!

Background on Potential Donors Helps; Face Time Brings Mission to Life

A look at making “the ask”

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Resort Is Stage for These Workers

HOTELS: Script calls for happy workers at Waterfront in Surf City

Resort is stage for Waterfront workers

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More to Story on $12.5M Discount in Corona del Mar

Unique Décor, Deferred Maintenance Key Factors

Local nabs $7.5M bargain on mansion, in Luxury

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Good Spirits Required

FINANCE: Debtmerica finds that nice counts, “spiffs” help

Pizza day, team culture help Debtmerica nab spot

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Hyundai Donates $1 Million for King Memorial

OC Black Chamber Marks Unveiling at Annual Gala

Philanthropy Column by Sherri Cruz

Sales Scene: On the Waterfront, Newport Beach-Style

Chinese Battery Magnate Adding OC Connections

Winston Chung in deal for Bayshore house, in Luxury

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Human Options’ Dove Award to Ueberroths, Family Foundation

Honored for support for domestic abuse victims

PHILANTHROPY Column by Sherri Cruz

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Tech’s Role in Renovation

Tech meets travel

‘Hopeful’ on Addition of Mexico Flights by 2013

Customs gate at new terminal; tourist destinations likely first

Talks ongoing for Mexico service at JWA

C Stands for Changes at JWA

New terminal to add capacity, convenience, concessions

John Wayne Airport’s new terminal to add capacity, convenience

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Beyond Bankruptcy: Buyer Interested in Villa del Lago

$37 Million Estate Now in Hom’s Hands, Near Finish

Word surfaces on prospective buyer on Villa del Lago estate, in Luxury

Pipeline Fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis Hits the Beach

Apparel Makers, BJ’s Aboard for $500K Goal

Surfing’s positive effect on the disease helps bring out the surf industry for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Orange County’s annual Pipeline for the Cure fundraiser.