Thirteen outstanding local chefs created a memorable dinner with specialty wines for 300 guests attending the annual SOS Celebrity Chef Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort. The evening altogether netted $183,000 to support the SOS Food Pantry and programs that support the vulnerable and homeless in our community.
The Sixth Annual Senior Care Hero Awards, held at The City National Grove of Anaheim, drew 550 guests and recognized the senior care industry’s unsung heroes, while raising net proceeds of $250,000 in support of SeriorServ, Orange County’s largest nonprofit senior nutrition Meals on Wheels provider. Photography SeniorServ
Six hundred guests attended the Tracy Family Celebration, presented by Ron & Marsha Moeller, at the City National Grove of Anaheim, where record net proceeds of $575,000 were raised for mental health services. Donor honors, dining, auctions, and a wine wall were de rigueur, as the legendary Stevie Nicks entertained.
I always like February and the celebration of Valentine’s Day. I know there are criticisms of it becoming too commercialized, but I still like it. I know it helps that I’m married to a wonderful man (for 48 years, I might add) and through the years we’ve celebrated Valentine’s Day in any manner of ways. After all is said and done, however, it seems the cards we give each other areÂ the highpoint of the celebration for us. It’s never one card, mind you. Always a bunch – it’s a tradition we established in the early years of our marriage. I guess it’s safe to say Hallmark loves us!
I used to think that watching people riding atop elephants looked like great fun. I once saw an elephant painting with his trunk and was astounded at his dexterity. But then I became involved in a philanthropic project with local chef Pascal Olhats and I had to wrap my head around a whole new way of thinking. What we may think of as entertaining or fun actually inflicts great pain and torture on the part of the elephants. And, as Pascal explained, the poachers often kill the adults to steal the baby elephants. It breaks my heart to think of these gentle giants being treated this way.
Crystal Cove celebrated its 20th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Winter Family Festival in early December featuring a visit from Santa, carolers and fun for the entire family. The only coastal beach holiday tree display in California is quite the honor. The hundreds that attended also enjoyed a seasonal bazaar featuring handcrafted treasures by local residents and artists, as well as old-fashioned holiday decorations. But, the pièce de résistance was the tree lighting at sunset! CrystalCoveAlliance.org
Rivals United for a Kure, the largest fundraiser for Kure It Cancer Research, held its fifth annual fundraiser to raise funds for underfunded cancers. The late Barry Hoeven, founder of Kure It and co-founder of Rivals, was honored and CommonWealth Partners was recognized for its unprecedented support. Photography Carla Rhea
The Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe of Pine Ridge, South Dakota were recipients of more than $400,000 at the inaugural True Sioux Hope Gala at the Balboa Bay Resort. Organized by Twila True, a tribal member, and local philanthropist Donna Pickup, 350 guests enjoyed a great party with traditional Sioux dances.
This group loves to party and proved it again at Providence’s 51st annual gala at the Disneyland Hotel, at the same time raising thousands to continue the nonprofit’s mission as the leading provider of speech, hearing and language services to adults and children. JT & Friends’ 40-piece show band rocked!
We grow up with great expectations and a tendency to fantasize about our future. Soon enough, the brutal interference of our own experiences changes our perspective, polishes our personality and defines a new course for our life. Erich Meltvedt, CEO of Costa Mesa-based Integrity Media Corp, was born and raised in Hollywood. Erich is the son of Dick Meltvedt, a Pepperdine alumni, entrepreneur and part-time filmmaker and producer. One of Dick’s master films is Twenty-One Years, a documentary that captures the history behind Pepperdine College. It is a relevant marketing piece that still today helps strengthen the efforts of student recruitment and public relations. Furthermore, it is the only existing recorded interview of George Pepperdine, a man of humble origin and bold vision. The documentary describes the opening of the university in 1937 and includes the founder’s famous speech about the goal and purpose of his contribution to society.
Table for 10, orchestrated annually by KM Productions for deserving nonprofits, held its 10th annual culinary spectacular for a sold-out crowd of 300 at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa in Dana Point on March 6, 2016. Vocational Visions and The Teen Project were the recipients of the $300,000 netted for the fundraiser.
Waiting eagerly outside your local grocery, or strolling through your neighborhood, red wagons in tow, it’s Girl Scout Cookie season, and our local scouts are looking forward to selling these toothsome treats. This year, more than 1 million Girl Scouts will gain valuable life and business experience through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, and 50 million households will purchase their cookies. It is remarkable to think that exactly one century ago, the very first Girl Scout cookies were homemade in the kitchens of scout moms and were available to locals only in the community of Muskogee, Oklahoma.
Valentine’s Day is one of those looming holidays. There’s so much pressure to secure a prime reservation. Steaks, oysters, Champagne, and chocolate all seem like the perfect recipe for a decadent evening, but there are so many more interesting ways to share your love through food. For Orange County connoisseurs, we are blessed with an abundance of great restaurants. Instead of adhering to a traditional V-day menu, why not opt for something different? This year, visit a place where the chefs, owners and those tending the bar harness their passions to create something truly memorable.
The year was 1962 and Susan Wright, a sophomore at UCLA, was attending a Halloween party at the Newman Club, a Catholic center on campus. Tim Strader, a third-year law student at the university, appeared with some of his buddies, and as he remembers.
The 2016 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra leaves no stone unturned when it comes to an all-inclusive cruising bike. It was built for touring and that’s exactly what it excels in. Fully loaded with copious storage compartments, hard-case saddlebags, trunk and luggage rack, the Road Glide Ultra is conscious when it comes to functionality and style.
The heart is often referred to as the symbol of love. While love is vital to a fulfilling life, a healthy heart is crucial to it.
A healthy heart functions without us having to even think about it. It beats about 100,000 times per day and pumps 1.5 gallons of blood through the body per minute. The more in shape the heart is, the lower the heart rate because a stronger heart can pump more volume per beat.
It’s that wonderful time of the year when romance blossoms, boxes of fine chocolates abound and restaurant reservations are in full swing. However, for me, romance is all about three things: being with the person I love, discovering a unique setting to enjoy some alone time, and making it all a big surprise.
Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to spoil your sweetie with a sweet dessert! Nothing says “Love” like a delicious homemade treat. This recipe tastes decadent and difficult, but it is incredibly easy, so even non-cooks can quickly impress a special love. These romantic red velvet cupcakes are filled with a sweet surprise: a creamy chocolate filling!