A Compassionate Request
Up until recently, Daily Pilot columnist Bruce Cook has been silent about his need for a kidney to save his life. He had a “coming out” party hosted by Balboa Bay Club matriarch Carole Pickup in the resort’s Grand Ballroom, where 400 of Bruce’s friends showed up in support. Guest speakers included Newport Beach Nephrologist Dr. Eric Weschler, his partner Dr. Kambiz Vahabzadeh, and kidney donor and Stu News Publisher Tom Johnson. Others speaking up for the success of transplants were baseball icon Rod Carew and Hoag Hospital physician Dr. Colleen Coleman. The evening progressed to music and dance, with Bruce singing songs from the Great American Songbook, accompanied by The Jerry Mandel Band. If you know of anyone who might be able to help Bruce as a kidney donor, please contact him at BCook@BalboaBayResort.com.
John Wayne’s 110th Birthday is Celebrated
Can it be that movie legend John Wayne was born 110 years ago? It seems some people have taken notice and are presenting free exhibitions in his honor from now through Labor Day weekend. The first is a curated show of images and memorabilia that showcase the Duke’s life at home, titled “John Wayne–At Home in SoCal, 1920–1979.” Hosted by the Balboa Island Museum, among images featured are of Wayne at his Bay Shores home in Newport and on his boat, the Wild Goose. There is a curated line of gifts sold in the museum store, with proceeds benefiting BIM and the John Wayne Cancer Foundation. The second exhibition, presented by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission and John Wayne Enterprises at the Newport Beach Public Library, is titled, “John Wayne–On Set with the Duke.” It is an exhibition of 15 modern archival prints by renowned photographer John R. Hamilton, who made his name as a photojournalist on 77 films. You will see John Wayne images on set, with the film crew and with his family. BalboaIslandMuseum.org/NewportBeachCA.gov/CulturalArts
All the Right Reasons
The Literacy Project’s reading program teaches at-risk readers to read. One hundred fifty second graders from various Orange County school districts, who graduated from the program, were invited to the fourth annual “Readers in the Outfield” literacy day at Angel Stadium, co-sponsored by TLP and the Angels Baseball Foundation. The highlight was the kids playing the literacy board game that had helped them raise their reading scores from far below basic to class average and above. Star Angels Baseball alumni showing up to cheer on the kids were Rod Carew, Chuck Finley and Clyde Wright. Smiles abounded! Each student received four tickets to an upcoming game and an Angels backpack. An estimated $20,000 was raised for the cause. LiteracyProj.org
Blind Side Mom Headlines Benefit
Leigh Ann Tuohy, the mother whose story about adopting a homeless teenager as portrayed in the movie, Blind Side, touched hearts as keynote speaker at the 14th Annual Women’s Philanthropy Fund Breakfast for 700 guests at Hotel Irvine. Among guests were former NFL standouts Vince Ferragamo, Steve Beuerlein and LeRoy Irvin. The United Way support group has raised nearly $36 million from this fundraiser and membership dues, which funds initiatives for at-risk women and children in the most underserved communities in Orange County. UnitedWayOC.org
Julie Hill Honored at Human Options’ “Serious Fun Gala”
Julie Hill’s longtime support of Human Options was rewarded as she received the DOVE Award at the nonprofit’s annual benefit for 375 guests at the Balboa Bay Resort. Hill has supported Human Options since 1993, while as CEO of the US division of Costain Homes, she was one of four builders to make possible the nonprofit’s emergency shelter, the first in California designed to house domestic violence victims. As board president, she remained vigilant to Human Options’ mission and vision and has continued to do so to the present day. HumanOptions.org
Four Women Honored for Overcoming Challenges in Business Ownership
The 21st Annual Remarkable Women Awards Gala at the City National Grove of Anaheim was presented by the National Association of Women Business Owners, Orange County Chapter. The following women were honored: Heidi Hendy of H. Hendy Associates received the Lifetime Achievement Award; Loreen Gilbert of WealthWise Financial was named Business Advocate of the Year; Anoosheh Oskouian of Ship & Shore Environmental, Inc. was named Business Owner of the Year; Scharrel Jackson of Squar Milner and Leadership in Heels was named Entrepreneur to Watch. NAWBO-OC.org
Jazz, Wine, Food, Anyone?
It’s back! The Eighth Annual “Sunset Jazz at Newport” summer series begins soon, so plan on spending your Wednesday nights from July 12th to September 20th at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa. Here is a portion of the artist lineup to tempt you! The Four Freshman, John Pizzarelli Quartet, Barbara Morrison/Charles Owens Quintet celebrating Morrison’s birthday/Jeff Hamilton Trio, Ken Peplowski Quartet with Sue Raney, Byron Stripling-Bobby Floyd Quartet, The Tom Kubis Big Band, and more. SunsetJazzatNewport.com
Honoring Orange County Volunteers
Once again, OneOC honored our county’s volunteers at its 41st Annual “Spirit of Volunteerism Awards” luncheon for a sold-out crowd of 1,100 people. Presented by Mazda, 375 volunteers were celebrated for their contributions, and the prestigious Giving is Living Award was presented to AccessOC, a program of the Illumination Foundation and Mission Hospital, a member of the St. Joseph Health Alliance, who have collaborated for three years through Super Surgery Saturdays. Funds raised are slated to support OneOC’s efforts to mobilize thousands of volunteers, improve the skills of scores of nonprofit professionals, and more. OneOC.org
Kudos to Chapman Students!
Two Chapman University history majors won the top undergraduate prizes at the 2017 Southern California Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference held at California State University, Northridge. Samantha Mast ’17 took first place with the Best Paper Award, titled “Marie Laveau’s Gumbo Ya-Ya: The Catholic Voodoo Queen and the Demonization of New Orleans Voodoo.” “I saw the blending of Voodoo and Catholicism as something magical and enlightening,” Mast says. Amanda Larsh ’17, the second place winner, won the Runner Up Best Paper Award. Her paper, titled “Cry Havoc! and Let Slip the Dogs of War!: The Canine Experience in the A.E.F,” explores how dogs were used by the American military in World War I as well as how humans returned the favor. Chapman.edu