Members of the Big Canyon Spyglass Hill Philharmonic Committee gathered at The Pacific Club for a “Keep Calm and Party On–A Gala in Red” themed fundraiser benefiting the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. Photography by Peggy O’Donnell
September is a month of beginnings. School begins, concert seasons commence, and the charity season launches its fundraising efforts for the fall. Several of our nonprofits in the community are celebrating significant benchmarks. Segerstrom Center for the Arts is claiming its 30th season, beginning with the appearance of the legendary Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra, formerly the Kirov Ballet, from St. Petersburg, Russia. Share Our Selves (SOS), the nonprofit that provides compassionate service to the needy, is celebrating its 45th anniversary.
For me, the phrase “Back to School!” stirs up feelings of failure.
I know others swoon when the calendar flips to August, and for many reasons. End of summer vacation means kids will go to bed earrrrrrrlier. They will meet new calculus-obsessed friends. They will get smarter. They will have something to do that doesn’t involve game controllers, over-chlorinated water, arguing, whining, or, if they’re teens, sleeping until the crack of noon.
On an early weekday morning in Costa Mesa, volunteers, both young and old, sort a seemingly endless supply of food donations. Fresh produce, granola bars and a surplus of hot dog buns from the recent July Fourth Weekend are counted, separated and make their way into brown paper bags that are being handed out of a nearby service window. The food pantry is just one of the many services Orange County’s 45-year-old nonprofit organization Share Our Selves, or SOS, offers.
The 75-year-old Assistance League of Newport-Mesa honored 15 high school seniors at its 24th Annual Medallion Recognition Ball, held at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. The debutantes were recognized for their close to 3,500 hours of community service during their four years as members of Assisteens, an auxiliary of ALNM. Dressed in traditional white gowns and evening gloves and carrying a floral pomander, each girl performed the classic St. James bow and waltzed with her father. Wendy Braun co-chaired the 180-guest dinner dance for friends and family members.
The 23rd Annual Mission Hospital Golf Classic, held at Pelican Hill Golf Club, was chaired by OC Caravan’s Jim Bastian. Event proceeds supported new technology and various patient care enhancements for the hospital. Photography by Ann Chatillon
The Diamond Club at Angel Stadium provided the venue for a partnership between The Literacy Project, Angels Baseball and Angels Alumni Association to host 100 second grade students, recent graduates of TLP’s reading program. Photography by Ed Melliza
Heather Joseph is the owner of Hälth (pronounced health) Spa, a new destination located in Eastbluff Village Center in Newport Beach. She is a unique, vibrant, young entrepreneur with a diversified international background. She maintains an “out of the box” approach to life and business. After having traveled and lived in four continents, 10 countries and 15 different cities, she brings to Newport Beach a refreshing holistic approach to beauty, or, as she better describes it, a “Hälth Beauty,” or conscious beauty.
Laguna Art Museum hosted its 10th Annual Palette to Palate benefit at its Laguna Beach digs, where dinner tables designed by 10 hand-picked artists were showcased, with displays of their work around the tables. Photography by Ann Chatillon
Sold out throughout its run at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Motown, the Musical featured a top-rate cast that knocked your socks off in telling the record label’s history, along with performing 60 great songs from the era. Photography by Kimberly April
One of Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ major support groups, The Center Stars celebrated its 30th anniversary with a dinner dance at the Balboa Yacht Club in Corona del Mar.
Every year the Newport Beach Fire Department is recognized at a special dinner hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Commodores Club, where a ceremony is held honoring the Firefighter of the Year, Lifeguard of the Year and Seasonal Lifeguard of the Year. This year’s 18th annual dinner will be held Thursday, September 17, at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa in its Rose Garden.
It was a dire diagnosis: stage four kidney cancer. It is not something one wants to hear-ever. When Corona del Mar resident Barry Hoeven got the news from his doctor, he had no idea where that diagnosis would take him.
Now, 17 years later, Hoeven is still alive by being just ahead of the curve in new treatments for kidney cancer, and, along the way, he has improved the lives of others who are suffering from the many rare cancers that exist.
Peru is a beautiful country, where the topography varies drastically. When I flew into mountainous Cusco from coastal Lima, the beauty (mainly the altitude) took my breath away! My tour was to visit some of the popular towns and archeological sites in and around what is called the Sacred Valley, which runs from Machu Picchu to Urcos along the Urubamba River in the south-central region of Peru. This valley encompasses a large area, so trying to pick a feasible number of destinations within the valley can be daunting. I had an incredible itinerary, which included visits to the following: the ancient city of Cusco, the colonial settlement of Chinchero, the agricultural sites of Maras and Moray, the small, yet busy, Machu Picchu Pueblo, and, of course, Machu Picchu itself.
School’s back! Those long, laborious days behind a desk can be eased with these easy, gluten-free treats. What kid doesn’t love peanut butter? Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies satisfy peanut cravings, with a healthy dose of protein to keep hungry children full and focused. Our decadent Easy Organic Brownies have a smooth rich texture, sure to please even the fussiest kids!
Judy Morr had overseen the operation of theater programming as general manager at Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., for 16 years when she heard about a new performing arts center opening in Orange County, California.