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Mission Viejo showing gratitude to front-line workers with large art project

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In an effort to recognize the amazing healthcare workers and first responders on the front lines, the City created and installed a large art project in front of the new cancer center near Mission Hospital. 

The project dubbed “Gratitude Letters to Honor Healthcare Workers” called for volunteer groups painting letters spelling “thank you” measuring 4 feet by 8 feet.  With social distancing in place, masks and gloves, the volunteers painted the letters last week at the Potocki Center for the Arts. 

“It was so great to watch the groups work together on a theme, color, design and collaboration for each letter,” said Cultural Services Supervisor Dru Maurer. “The installation is colorful and will hopefully cheer up the front-line workers as they come and go to the hospital.” 

The art project is designed to leave a lasting mark on the men and women working tirelessly and selflessly during this COVID-19 crisis. The City is grateful to the following groups and individuals for their creative efforts. 

T - Family Assistance Ministries
H - Mission Hospital Staffer - Elsie Holdridge and volunteers -Lillian Aranda, Valerie Gutierrez
A - Mission Viejo Friends of the Arts
N - Abriana Gutierrez, Diane Bottles, Georgia Bottles, Ben Bottles
K - Members of Saddleback Church and Bob Knoke

Y - Little League District 68
O - Mission Viejo Activities Committee - Marillyn Brame, Pam Smith, Cathy Allen, Julie Zanio, Robert Breton
U - The Nunez Family


Submitted by Shari R Morris on Wed, 05/27/2020 - 12:41 pm


Great community effort for a worthy cause! My family lived in Mission Viejo for 18 years before moving out to the Canyon. We found Mission Viejo to be exemplary in every community endeavor they undertook. Well done, my friends, well done!

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