Around Town 4

Celebrating Leadership

“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.

Well Deserved, 
Paul Watkins!

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the City of Newport Beach, presents the Citizen of the Year Award each year to a deserving citizen. As the Chamber’s guidelines state: It’s for the one who says, “Newport Beach is my home – and my life – and its future and mine are the same – and whatever I can do to make them better, I will do.” The recent Citizen of the Year Gala, hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, honored Paul Watkins with the deserving honor.

Seventy-Five Years of Service

The year was 1940, when 12 Newport Beach women formed the Assistance League of Newport-Mesa to make a difference in their community by improving the lives of children. Today, ALNM is one among 120 chapters nationwide making a difference through its four philanthropic programs: Cheri Harris Dental Center, Community Outreach Program, Kids on the Block and Operation School Bell. The programs are completely self-funded and run and manned by more than 300 adults and nearly 100 teen member volunteers. A gathering of current and past members, including many past presidents, and community partners celebrated the league’s 75th Anniversary in grand style. Kudos to a committed group making a difference in the lives of children!

Nothing but the Best!

Richard T. Bryant has been tapped as interim executive director of the soon-to-open Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University. Many remember the talented man from his tenure at the Orange County Performing Arts Center (now Segerstrom Center for the Arts) as director of marketing and communications from 1987 to 1996. His accomplishments since have been exemplary, and we feel fortunate he has come back to Orange County to guide the opening of this amazing 1,044-seat, 88,000-sq. ft. hall, set to open March 19, 2016.

Printmaking Out of the Box

A unique art exhibit, titled “Accidentally On Purpose,” is running though January 5, 2016, at Southern CA Art Projects and Exhibitions | SCAPE in Corona del Mar. The gallery show features printmaking artists from both northern and southern California. Printmaking is a fine art method of making images on paper that supports matrixes such as plates that utilize a press. Each technique, whether etching, woodcut, silkscreen or monotype, has its own unique “look” that can be explored and manipulated by the artist. The exhibit’s organizer and curator, Sandra Fene Wolfson, who is a printmaker and artist herself, says, “I chose these artists because they are pushing the edge of what a print is and utilizing their technical expertise to create amazing and, dare I say, magical work.”

Art Therapy for Kids

ART4KIDS, Inc., founded in 2001 by artist and art educator Pam Schader, has been awarded two $5,000 grants to continue its service to children experiencing trauma or serious illness. The funds provide art materials for approximately 40 local agencies for children in shelters, hospitals, victims of domestic violence, homeless children and foster children. “Research has shown art therapy to be one of the most effective treatments for trauma,” Schader says. The grants were provided by The Roosters Foundation of Orange County and the Allergan Foundation.

James Bond, Indeed!

Project Access celebrated its 10th Annual “Keys to Success Gala” with a James Bond-themed party at Segerstrom Center’s Samueli Theater, where $288,000 was raised to help support the nonprofit’s more than 60 Family and Senior Resource Centers in California, Colorado and Arizona. The gala’s honoree, Danuel Stanger, chief asset officer for Bridge Investment Group Holdings, was recognized for his work with Project Access. Presenting the honor was Project Access Founder and Board Chair Jonathan Webb, President of Affordable Housing Access, Inc.

Tournament of Roses Royal Court 
Visits Newport Beach

The 2016 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Royal Court visited Bluewater Grill in Newport Beach during their traditional Balboa weekender. They were chauffeured in Duffy boats to and from the restaurant, with the boats driven by members of the Newport Harbor Yacht Club and the creator and owner of Duffy boats, Marshall Duffield, who is also a Newport Beach City Councilman. The group dined dockside at the restaurant and were joined by Tournament of Roses President Mike Matthiessen, as well as Bluewater Grill owner Jim Ulcickas and his wife Julie Ann, who is the official Royal Court Etiquette Trainer. A former Tournament of Roses princess herself, she teaches the girls the famous “wave” in the iconic parade on New Year’s Day.

Help for Returning Veterans

The Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) has awarded $500,000 to seven Orange County nonprofits helping returning veterans successfully integrate back into civilian life. The grants are part of OCCF’s Orange County Veterans Initiative, formed in 2011 and expanded this year in response to findings from “The State of the American Veteran: The Orange County Veterans Study.” Nonprofits receiving grants included 211 Orange County, Child Guidance Center, Easter Seals Southern California, MVPVet’s, Goodwill Industries of Orange County, Irvine Valley College Foundation and Volunteers of America LA.