More than 500 invited guests attended Newport Beach Lifestyle’s Third-Year Anniversary Celebration on Friday evening, November 11, 2016. As they arrived at the private Pelican Hill estate in Newport Coast provided by Bradshaw Residential Group, guests experienced the new Tesla SUV and a beautifully restored 1966 Austin Healy on display for photo ops. The red carpet then beckoned them toward a night of food, wine and festivity.
Everyone enjoyed delicious cuisine prepared by Chefs David Martin of The Pacific Club and Andy Arndt of the Newport Beach Marriott, with luscious desserts provided by Elyssa Fournier of Mixed Bakery. They were paired with fine Spanish wines provided by John and Ana Cancilla of Mono Verde Imports and fine Napa and French sparkling wines provided by Loren Hoffman and Cassandra Melhuish of the Boisset Collection. A unique whiskey and tequila tasting was also provided by Hi-Time Wine Cellars, and several distinguished themselves as crowd favorites.
Guests danced the night away listening to live hits of the 1950s and 1960s performed by The Blue Delilahs, along with a musical surprise by Singers in Disguise, who performed Italian opera and an Abba medley from Mamma Mia.
Guests danced the night away while listening to live hits of the 1950s and 1960s performed by The Blue Delilahs, along with a musical surprise by Singers in Disguise, who performed Italian opera and an Abba medley from Mamma Mia.
Guests enjoyed the art on display by several artists from Ethos Contemporary Art Gallery in Newport Beach, browsed designer eyewear on display from optometrist, Dr. H. Michael Shack, and were treated to free samples of major sponsor Collidion’s new anti-bacterial and anti-viral product soon coming to the marketplace. In addition, The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, founders of the Ronnie Lott Impact Trophy, displayed the trophy for all guests to see that evening.
The black-tie affair’s silent auction raised over $15,000 for the OC Food Bank. Winning bidders walked away with items, which included an African safari, a private yacht charter out of Mallorca, a chef’s dinner, custom-made clothing, California and Florida resort stays and designer eyewear. Those of us at Newport Beach Lifestyle Magazine would like to humbly thank our event sponsors, auction item donors and bidders. They are responsible for helping to provide 42,000 meals. It is a blessing that in the midst of celebration, we can also do something that helps those in need.
Laughter, hugs and good cheer were abundant during the evening, and the most frequent question asked was, “What are you planning for next year, and how do you top this?” My reply with a grin was, “Hmmm, let’s see…”