May 2017 Around Town 5

Henry Segerstrom Documentary Goes Coastal

In homage to visionary philanthropist and retailing legend Henry Segerstrom, the documentary film, “Henry Segerstrom: Imagining the Future,” was premiered for an impressive cadre of 300 guests at the Directors Guild of America’s New York Theater recently. Following the private screening, Cartier pages ushered guests to a champagne dinner at the Weill Terrace Room, Carnegie Hall, with featured remarks by Macy’s Inc. Chairman and CEO Terry J. Lundgren and a performance by world-renowned soprano Renée Fleming. The décor featured dramatic bouquets of white orchids and a chocolate sculpture of Segerstrom Center for the Arts, featuring Richard Serra’s “Connector” sculpture. Segerstrom’s widow Elizabeth Segerstrom and the Segerstrom family, South Coast Plaza, Carnegie Hall, WNET and PBS SoCal were presenters of the film, which is a PBS SoCal production, orchestrated by Executive Producer Maria Hall-Brown.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs Makes Orange County Appearance

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, was the featured speaker at a Women of Chapman filmmaker’s luncheon at Big Canyon Country Club, where more than 100 members gathered to hear her speak. Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts Dean Bob Bassett was the moderator. Addressing the debacle on Oscar night with announcing Best Picture, Boone Isaacs said, “Actually, both groups on stage was pretty cool.” She has encouraged more diversity in the Academy’s membership, and casts for both films La La Land and Moonlight bore that out. Predicting successful films, she said, “The human story will always triumph.” As to the future of film, she predicted streaming, Netflix and VR (virtual reality).

Kudos to Steve Churm!

FivePoint Holdings’ Chief Communcations Officer Steve Churm carried on the vision of his mother Carolyn Churm, who co-founded the Irvine-based nonprofit Human Options in the fight against domestic violence. Steve, active in Human Options’ Men in Motion Campaign and its current leader, has helped raise funds for prevention programs in local high schools since its inception in 2004. He was recently honored, along with 30 other business leaders, at a reception hosted by Human Options’ board member Mike Morris at his offices in Newport Beach.

News at the Hilbert

Three new exhibitions have opened at the Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University, and they will be on display through September 23, 2017. The “Out of the West” exhibit features paintings by 20 prominent California artists, whose works were exhibited in art museums and galleries throughout the U.S. and Europe from the 1930s through the 1960s. “Disney Production Art” features distinguished California Scene painters who worked for the Walt Disney Studios from the 1930s on, lending their talents to such classics as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Dumbo. The third exhibition, “Golden Dreams: The Immigrant Vision of California,” features arts through the eyes of painters who moved here during the 20th century, finding hope and working to achieve their dreams.

Entrepreneurs are Alive and Well in OC

The Orange County Business Journal hosted its 16th Annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards Luncheon and Program at Hotel Irvine, where more than 300 guests gathered, including 98 enterpreneur nominees. Newth Morris, founder and former president of Telogis and Head of Strategy for Connected Car for Verizon, delivered the keynote address. Awards were presented to the following entrepreneurs pictured in the photo: (l-r) Peter Nguyen, CEO, Ad Exchange Group, Irvine; Feyzi Fatehi, CEO, Corent Technology, Aliso Viejo; John Saunders, president, Saunders Property Co./London Coin Galleries, Newport Beach; Kevin Lawrence, CEO/president/board chairman, BioNutritional Research Group, Inc., Irvine; Lane Rankin, founder/CEO/president, Illuminate Education, Irvine.

California’s Oldest Trail Marathon

The Catalina Island Marathon is the oldest trail marathon in the state. It just celebrated its 40th anniversary, with runners tackling one of the country’s most scenic courses across rugged wildlands stewarded by the Catalina Island Conservancy. A complete marathon was offered, as well as a shorter 10 and 5 kilometer course and a Kids Run in Avalon. Spectrum Sports Management sponsors the marathon in coordination with the Conservancy. The Eco-Marathon is scheduled for November 18, 2017. To register and learn more about the Conservancy’s partnership with the event, visit