Cheri Harris Dental Center

  • The dental center provides low cost dental care for children of low-income working families who are enrolled in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.
  • We provide general and preventive dentistry, plus orthodontic and endodontic programs.
  • Our staff of general dentists, an orthodontist, and a hygienist provides professional care and are assisted by paid office staff and Assistance League of Newport-Mesa trained volunteers.
  • Proceeds from our Thrift Shop and Treasures on Consignment, general fundraising, grants and memorial contributions provide the funding to operate the dental center .
  • Our dental center has served the community since 1957.
  • Hey kids! Watch a short video of Luke’s visit to the office.
Cheri Harris Dental Center is partnering with SmileOnU to provide dental implants to their patients. Call (949) 645-2882 for more information.

Operation School Bell

  • This philanthropic program provides school clothing at no cost to children of low-income families.
  • Students are referred to the program by school nurses and facilitators in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.
  • The appointments for clothes distribution are scheduled on Saturdays and on one evening of the month from mid-August through October.
  • Appointment cards with the student’s scheduled Operation School Bell date and time are mailed directly to the home of the students.
  • New clothing, shoes and school supplies enhance the students’ self-esteem and help enable them to better focus on their studies.
  • Along with the school supplies, the distribution of children’s books offer students additional tools for academic success.
  • Assistance League of Newport-Mesa has helped clothe over 6,500 school children since 1992.


2018 Scholarship Program


High School

Higher Education

Jered Wilfredo Acuna Early College High School University of California, Riverside
Betsy Avila Costa Mesa High School University of California, Merced
Alexandra Leon Oliva Early College High School Chapman University
Michelle Maldonado Early College High School University of California, Berkeley
Jennifer Moreno Early College High School California State University, Fullerton
Anay Pelaez Jimenez Early College High School University of California, Berkeley
Claudia Vazquez Early College High School California State University, Fullerton
Gabriela Gutierrez Estancia High School California State University, Dominguez Hills
Kevin Castañeda Newport Harbor High School California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Julia Gregory Newport Harbor High School University of Southern California
Annie Roberts Newport Harbor High School Brigham Young University


Scholarship Chairman:  Kay Davis

Scholarship Committee:  Jo Corbett, Tracy Halphide, Chris Kjaer, Kelly McKelvey, Peggy McKennon, Karen Treaccar and Marie Williams

The Kids On The Block

  • This philanthropic program was developed by a nationally recognized educator and is presented to second and third grade aged children by volunteer members using life-size puppets.
  • The program teaches young students increased understanding and tolerance for fellow classmates who have learning disabilities, physical handicaps, or special emotional needs.
  • These presentations are made available upon request to elementary schools, hospitals, and community organizations.
  • With a total of over 600 performances since 1989, these programs have been seen by more than 59,000 children and adults.