June 2017 Around Town 6

Hats Off to Newport Beach Police!

The 46th Annual Police Appreciation Breakfast, hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, was held to honor the city’s finest and to show how much residents and local businesses appreciate their work in the community. Held at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, the turn-out was a sell-out at nearly 500 in attendance. Police Chief Jon Lewis was front and center to present the honors. Those recognized included Officer of the Year, Officer Anthony Yim; Sworn Supervisor of the Year, Sergeant Bryan Moore; Civilian Supervisor of the Year, Communications Manager Wendy Koudelka; Civilian of the Year, Animal Control Officer Nick Ott; and Volunteer of the Year, Marcia Strack. NewportBeach.com

Cystinosis Research Foundation Nets $3.5 Million

Nancy and Geoff Stack, who created the Cystinosis Research Foundation (the largest provider of cystinosis research in the world) to save their daughter Natalie’s life, did it again. Their annual gala netted $3.5 million for cystinosis research. Held at the Island Hotel, the 475 guests, which included 56 cystinosis families from around the world, enjoyed a delicious four-course repast, a tempting live auction (which raised $275,000), inspiring speeches by members of the cystinosis community and a special performance by the award-winning YouTube sensation Us the Duo. CystinosisResearch.org

White Lilac Debuts at South Coast Plaza

Event planning guru extraordinaire Sunny Ravenbach, who owns White Lilac, Inc., has opened a boutique at South Coast Plaza. The store is stunning with a perfectly curated assortment of décor, furniture and home accessories. As Ravenbach puts it, “We found a gap in the retail market for home furnishing and accessories and feel White Lilac is a fresh look into what home décor should be–individualized and eclectic. We provide a mix of quintessential comfort and luxury, with hints of modern touches to make any home a reflection of the creative souls who make their house a home all their own.” ShopWhiteLilac.com

Women Filmmakers Make An Impact

The 18th Annual Women in Focus Conference, hosted by Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, drew more than 400 to its on-campus Folino Theater for a luncheon and panel discussion with five top women filmmakers. They included Academy Award-nominated director Niki Caro (The Zookeeper’s Wife), acclaimed director Sydney Freeland (Drunktown’s Finest), award-winning screenwriter and film director Kelly Fremon Craig (The Edge of Seventeen), critically acclaimed director Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), and the first female Saudi Arabian filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour (Mary Shelley). Veteran producer Susan Cartsonis (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) was the moderator. Chapman.edu/WomeninFocus

A New Performing Arts School Opens

OC Music and Dance has debuted in Irvine to provide children with opportunities in Music (focused on piano and keyboard, violin and cello, woodwinds and guitar), Dance (ranging from ballet to jazz, contemporary to folklore, and hip-hop), Voice (including chorus), Musical Theater, TV and Film (in front and behind the camera), and Health and Well-Being (including tai chi and yoga). Instructors are from the school’s artistic partners, which includes Pacific Symphony, Orange County School of the Arts, The Wooden Floor, and more. All is provided, regardless of the family’s ability to pay. OCMusicDance.org

Naming Gift for Girl Scout 
Leadership Center

Girl Scouts of Orange County have received a $2.5 million gift from the Argyros family, which is designated for the Girl Scout Leadership Center under construction in Marina Park in Newport Beach. The 6,000 sq. ft. center will be the new hub for the Girl Scout’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs, which will introduce the county’s 21,000 Girl Scouts to opportunities to explore careers in those areas. The new center will be named the Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center. GirlScoutsOC.org

Pas de Deux Chapter 
Holds Spring Fundraiser

The Pas de Deux Chapter of The Guilds of Segerstrom Center for the Arts is holding its spring fundraiser on Saturday, June 17, at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Monies raised are earmarked for need and merit-based scholarships for students attending the American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School at Segerstrom Center. More than 200 young ABT Gillespie School students will dance at the fundraiser. Included in the ticket price is special seating, champagne reception during intermission and post-performance celebration. Contact Heather at OCPasdeDeux@gmail.com.

Links to Charity

The Southern California Hospice Foundation (SCHF) held is 10th Annual Life. Links. Love. Charity Golf Tournament at Pelican Hill Golf Club and netted $100,000 to continue funding care to help and enhance the quality of life for terminally ill adults and children. The Island Hotel’s Executive Chef David Man was a guest of honor. He had created a spectacular birthday VIP cooking experience and dinner for 13-year-old Ashley Antunez as her last birthday wish. She passed away soon after of acute myelogenous leukemia but left a lasting impression on Man. SoCalHospiceFoundation.org

OC Fair is “Farm Fresh Fun”

This year’s OC Fair theme is “Farm Fresh Fun” and has whimsical images of cows licking ice cream cones and Ferris wheels made of oranges in its advertising. The agriculture focus will continue in the fair’s new culinary arts competitions, such as California-grown olive oils. And, new food concoctions from concessionaires, which we always look forward to, will be announced soon. Fair dates are July 14–August 13. OCFair.com

New Art in Town

Thanks to the Newport Beach Arts Foundation, a new sculpture has been installed at Civic Center Sculpture Park in Newport Beach. “Sphere 112,” sculpted by artist Ivan McLean, is the first sculpture to have permanent placement in the park. It is constructed of hundreds of stainless steel rods welded together in perfect harmony. The sculpture was chosen by Newport Beach citizens and visitors as the favorite piece of the 10 pieces that were part of the inaugural Sculpture Exhibit. It is located on the hillside that faces Avocado. NewportBeachArtsFoundation.org