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Laguna Beach

 Volume 13, Issue 85  |  October 22, 2021

Longtime Laguna bartender Adam Bernstein needs our help

Story by Diane Armitage

If you’ve been in Laguna Beach for any length of time, you’ve probably met the great bartender and mixologist Adam Bernstein. The guy brought sunshine and light to a few local establishments, the last being Sapphire Laguna for more than 10 years. 

About two years ago, Adam left our fine town for a great offer in Newport Beach. But now he could use your help no matter where he lives…or where you live. 

Last June, just days before he married his longtime fiancé, Rachel, she had a seizure and lost the use of the left side of her body. Being the eternal optimist that he is, Adam insisted the wedding still take place. 

Longtime Laguna couple

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Photo by Adam Bernstein

Rachel and Adam Bernstein

Two days later, they discovered that Rachel had stage 4 brain cancer. It’s an aggressive beast. Since June 2019, Adam has been caring for Rachel and unable to work.

Their family just reached out this weekend for help from us. They’ve set up a GoFundMe page to help Adam and Rachel with mounting medical bills and living expenses. I think it’s a great time we all came together to far exceed the goal they’ve established for this wonderful couple. 

There will also be a fundraiser at Salon Bleu in San Clemente on February 23 from 1 - 5 p.m. More on that later. For now, click here for the GoFundMe. 

Adam’s great talent and creativity made our worst days so much better. Even if you only have a little to donate, you can help Adam and Rachel with what is now their worst day.

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