By Ashley Breeding | April 14, 2012 7:00 AM
Anyone who’s frequented Laguna’s bar and lounge scene as of late will likely recognize the voice of Andrew Corradini—the 32-year-old acoustic rocker spends most nights entertaining crowds of cocktailers with his muddled Montana guitar and their all-time favorite, feel-good classic cover tunes at places such as K’ya Bistro, Rock’N Fish and Tommy Bahama.
By Ashley Breeding | January 08, 2013 2:33 PM
Five years ago, Mary Ellen Carter accompanied her husband, federal judge David Carter, to Malawi, Africa, where he was involved with judicial education. The Laguna Beach resident had learned of the country’s extreme poverty—it’s one of the four poorest in the world—so she intended to donate some medical and educational supplies to the schools during her visit. However, deeply inspired by the stories of the children she encountered in Malawi and compelled to contribute more, what began as a simple, kind gesture developed into a full-time dedication to the cause. Upon returning to the U.S., Mary Ellen founded Direct Connections to Africa (DCTA), a nonprofit whose mission is to enhance educational opportunities in Malawi (dctafrica.net). We sat down with Mary Ellen to learn about how her organization has grown and is bettering the lives of the village’s children every day.