A Big “Thank You” at UCI Medal Awards Ceremony

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This year’s UCI Medal Awards Ceremony honored past medalists, commemorated the university’s 50th anniversary 
and announced the success of its $1 billion “Shaping the Future” campaign, plus netted critical funds for students 
and innovative programs.

Welcome 2016!

I can’t believe another year has begun. I always look forward to new beginnings, and here we are, looking at 2016. I don’t know about you, but I usually make a few New Year’s resolutions. It seems the right thing to do when the clock strikes midnight on December 31st, the Waterford Crystal Ball drops in New York’s Times Square and my husband and I clink our glasses of champagne in greeting a new year.

Imagine You… Living Long, Looking Good

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We are entering an era of unprecedented breakthroughs in our approach to wellness, prevention of disease and the aging process. Geneticists postulate our gene coding may be responsible for only 30% of our lifespan. That leaves 70% up to us. Genetic engineering is becoming mainstream. There are well-funded startup companies whose primary mission is to cure the aging process. Individuals may not be able to tap into those resources just yet, but those days are coming! Until then, there are measures we can take to optimize our chances to be the best we can be, inside and out.

Mission Gala a Magical Evening

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A record 510 guests attended Mission Preservation Foundation’s “Romance of the Mission” gala in celebration of honorees Wylie and Bette Aitken and the canonization of Father Junipero Serra. Photography Lisa Renee and Carla Rhea

Join the Great Purge & Clean of 2016

Join the Great Purge & Clean of 2016

Happy New Year! Now that you’ve got your fitness and wellness goals firmly in place, it’s time to look closely at the space around you and ask yourself, “Are things looking a little cluttered?” or “Are my closets bursting at the seams?”
Why not set a goal to de-clutter and, more importantly, simplify this year?

New Year’s Resolutions

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Too much food. Too much booze. Too many late nights. Overindulgence, the plague of the holidays… all cast a heavy shadow. So, it was with dark circles under my eyes and snug pants that I offered myself up to The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida for some fixing. What better place to surrender?
Founded by Henry Morrison Flagler during the Gilded Age, the resort remains the gold standard in one of the toniest enclaves in the country. It was here, amid the glamorous interiors with ceiling frescoes painted by Venetian artists, dramatic marble colonnades and ornate 19th century chandeliers, that I planned on transforming myself.

Around Town

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“Orange Juliette” cocktails were served in honor of Girl Scouts’ founder Juliette Gordon Low at the Girl Scouts of Orange County’s Sixth Annual “Celebrate Leadership” event at the Island Hotel. Girl Scout alumnae honored included Jacqueline Akerblom, West Region Managing Partner, Grant Thornton; Corinne Burton, President, Teacher Created Materials Publishing; Tanya Domier, CEO, Advantage Sales & Marketing; Sue Graham-Sparks, VP/Store Manager, Macy’s South Coast Plaza; Sumiko Katayama, VP, Treasury Relationship Manager, Commercial Banking Treasury Services, MUFG Union Bank, N.A.; and Deborah Proctor, President/CEO, St. Joseph Health. Each honoree was paired with a current OC Girl Scout, ages six to 16, who shared how the leaders inspire them. The 300 guests departed with boxes of Thin Mints and a 2016 Girl Scouts Keepsake Calendar.

Unsung Heroes Honored

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SeniorServ held its fifth annual “Senior Care Hero Awards” at The Grove of Anaheim, where 700 guests celebrated the honorees and helped net an estimated $125,000 for the nonprofit’s senior nutrition and support services.

ClosetAuctions Readies for Launch

ClosetAuctions Readies for Launch

By March 2016, ClosetAuctions will have launched its interactive membership portion of the website. This will provide subscribers the ability to trade items from their closets for points. These points can then be used in an ‘auction’ for products and services.
ClosetAuctions startup Founder and CEO Christine Fleming provides an innovative and economic marketing solution to branding small and medium-sized businesses. According to Christine, the key is to increase exposure and, at the same time, have a healthy control of the marketing expense.

An Evening of Celebration

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What do you get when you mix five top chefs, a Spanish wine importer, a first rate band, a red carpet, beautiful jewelry, a worthy cause, a jazz saxophone player, an $8 million home with a killer view, a community-inspired magazine and 300 guests? You probably guessed it…a Rockin’ Party!

An Exceptional Life

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Raised, by his own admission, in a blue collar upbringing, Bob Olson lost his father at a young age and was raised by a stay-at-home mother (who later worked at Lockheed Martin soldering transistor chip boards) and a stepfather, who was a carpenter and taught him to wield a hammer and nails as early as eight years of age.
Born in the San Francisco bay area, the family moved a lot.

Becoming Aware

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Lisa Garr wants you to stop going through the motions in life. She wants you to become aware. Her mission on her internationally syndicated radio program, The Aware Show–and now in her first book–is to inspire positive growth in all areas of life and bring conscious conversations into everyone’s living room.

Coastal Elegance

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This stunning “Tudor Del Mar” beachfront estate is located directly on Corona Del Mar’s “Big Corona” beach, which includes private beach access and a large sports court on the sand with half bath. The sports court, for both basketball and tennis, is perfect to entertain and host private events on the sand.

Halloween Party Extraordinaire

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The Newport Beach Tennis Club has been hosting a Halloween party for 20 years. This year’s party, attended by 250 partygoers, featured some very imaginative costumes, including a thundercloud called “El Niño.”

Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show & Sale

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Art lovers perused and purchased the works of nationally-recognized plein air painters at the Catalina Conservancy’s fifth annual art show and sale at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club. Only art depicting Catalina Island was shown.

“The Latest SPIN” Benefits Serving People in Need

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The glamorous night, filled with Hollywood celebrities at AnQi Gourmet Bistro, raised $500,000 for SPIN, whose mission is to provide permanent housing to Orange County’s homeless and low income families in crisis. Photography Vivien Best

Hamburger Heaven

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Some dishes seem deceivingly easy to master. Burgers are at the top of that list. The basic framework of a great burger is simple: a beef patty covered in melted cheese wedged between a fluffy bun. Condiments range from lettuce and tomato to ketchup and mayo. But, many things can go afoul from there. The fare at Hopdoddy, Fashion Island’s newest eatery, takes the basic burger premise and elevates it to the next unctuous level. This is one reason why celebrities such as Jimmy Kimmel and Rachel Ray flock to Hopdoddy for their burger fix.