Philanthropy is Alive and Well in Orange County!

Philanthropy is Alive and Well in Orange County!

October is our Philanthropy Issue, and we never have a shortage of nonprofits and people to feature.
Jill Johnson-Tucker and Jennifer Van Bergh had an epiphany moment 25 years ago and because of their tenacity, a 50-member group called the Harvesters was born to support Second Harvest Food Bank (SHFB). The group is committed to end hunger in Orange County and have raised $6.5 million in that period of time to do so. SHFB’s CEO Nicole Suydam says of the Harvesters: “We have never worked with a group that is more organized, dedicated and productive in their devotion to end hunger.”

AIA Orange County Hosts Eighth Annual Artwalk

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American Institute of Architects Orange County hosted its annual Artwalk at Design Within Reach in Costa Mesa with AIA members, design community professionals, students and friends invited to showcase their artistic talents in a juried competition. A silent auction featured architectural products, furniture, shopping and entertainment experiences. Photography AIAOC

La Scala Ballet’s “Giselle” Wows Audiences

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Opening night of La Scala Ballet’s “Giselle” at Segerstrom Center for the Arts saw curtain call after curtain call as American Ballet Theater 
Principal Dancer Misty Copeland and La Scala Ballet and ABT principal dancer Roberto Bolle performed the leading roles in the iconic ballet. Photography Doug Gifford

FIDM Museum Fashion Council Hosts Boisset Wine Dinner

FIDM Museum Fashion Council Hosts Boisset Wine Dinner

A beautiful six-course dinner, themed “Fifty Shades of Grape” at Maestro’s Ocean Club, was paired with wines from international vintner Jean-Charles Boisset, Boisset Collection proprietor. Monies raised were targeted for the FIDM Museum Fashion Council and its support of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Photography Pam Nesseth

SeaChange Summer Party Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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With Lily Tomlin and Sam Waterston featured honorees, the sold-out crowd of 400 celebrated the efforts accomplished by the international ocean conservation and advocacy organization, Oceana. Held at a coastal estate in Laguna Beach, Anne Earhart and Herbert M. Bedolfe III of The Marisla Foundation were recognized as Ocean Champions.

October 2017 Local Limelight

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Award-winning actor and singer Keith David has had a rich career that is as diverse as it is distinguished, with several hundred theater, film, TV, and narrator credits. Among the standouts are the Broadway production of “Jelly’s Last Jam,” John Carpenter’s cult flick “The Thing,” and the wildly hilarious “There’s Something About Mary.” He currently stars as Bishop James Greenleaf in the Oprah Winfrey show “Greenleaf.”

Eric Marienthal and Friends Jazz Concert Draws 1,000+ Guests

Eric Marienthal and Friends Jazz Concert Draws 1,000+ Guests 5

Jazz lovers gathered at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach for the 19th year with jazz saxophonist Eric Marienthal and his all-star band, plus guest artists, Grammy Award nominees Oleta Adams and David Benoit. The $150,000 raised was targeted for the 
High Hopes Brain Injury Program. Photography Sheri Determan, Peggy O’Donnell

October 2017 Around Town

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The Hollywood Reporter, which annually ranks the top 25 film schools in America, has placed Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at #6, after three years ranked as #7. It shows the school is gaining stature and Hollywood is noticing. Noting the achievements of its alumni, its distinguished faculty and guest speakers, state-of-the art facilities, international programs, and support from some of Hollywood’s finest, it marks the fifth consecutive year Dodge has been in the top 10 film schools in the country. It certainly doesn’t hurt that the Duffer Brothers–Matt and Ross, ’07–have their successful Netflix series Stranger Things up for 18 Emmy nominations!

Chapman Celebrates Outstanding Alumni

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Chapman University’s annual black-tie gala, Chapman Celebrates, will honor alumnus Dale (’58) and wife, Sarah Ann Fowler, and alumni Ross and Matt Duffer (’07), creators of Netflix’ runaway hit, Stranger Things, on Saturday, November 4th, in the Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts on the Chapman University campus. In recognition for their transformative support of the university, the Fowlers will receive the Citizens of the Year Award. The Duffer Brothers will be recognized with the Alumni Achievement in the Arts Award. In addition to a private reception and dinner, the event features a glittering Broadway-style musical revue featuring 100 Chapman students from the College of Performing Arts.

A Passionate Venture

A Passionate Venture

How Harvesters was Launched.
It all began with Jill Johnson-Tucker, who as a member of the board of directors of Second Harvest Food Bank was asked to find more funding to help the nonprofit feed the hungry in Orange County. She turned to her good friend, Jennifer Van Bergh, for help.

Alzheimer’s Orange County Celebrates 35 Years

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Alzheimer’s Orange County (AOC), formerly associated with Alzheimer’s Association, Orange County Chapter, has been providing programs and services for Orange County residents battling Alzheimer’s and dementia for 35 years.



ean Wegener was raised in a family that believed in giving back.
“I grew up back East,” she says, “with my parents always leading by example. They considered being involved and giving back to the community one of life’s great blessings.”
Wegener came to Orange County in 1972 and settled in Newport Beach where she met Sam Boyce, owner of Boyce Advertising. He hired her to work part-time at Boyce Advertising and part-time at a nonprofit he founded in 1987 called Serving People in Need (SPIN). Later, when Sam became very ill, he closed the agency and asked Jean to take more and more responsibilities with SPIN until the board of directors invited her to become its executive director in 1995, around the time Boyce passed away.

Oktoberfest Comfort Food

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One of Austrians and Bavarians childhood favorites is Wienerschnitzel, a great fit for the Oktoberfest festival. Oktoberfest has a long tradition and is known as the largest Volksfest (People’s Fair) in the world. It is an annual event held in Munich, Germany, with lots of local beer and Bavarian music.

Summer In Patagonia

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This winter, head below the equator and revisit summer, taking advantage of the glorious vastness of Patagonia, with particular focus on Argentina’s most coveted ski destination, Bariloche. Throughout the summertime (December-February), Bariloche is less crowded and just as beautiful, replacing the white blankets of snow with vibrant colors of plant life. Getting to Bariloche is as easy as taking a direct flight in, but taking the long way there can prove to be adventuresome, making your end goal more rewarding.

Giving Back–in a New Way

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In our home, we are very appreciative of the goodness we have and also how hard we have worked over the years. But, above it all, we are extremely grateful. We make an effort to give back and given that this issue focuses on philanthropic endeavors, it seems appropriate to share with all of you my recent epiphany.

2017 Michael Chang Tennis Classic Helping the Community

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Another beautiful summer day in sunny Newport Beach. Excitement is in the air and lots of fun ahead of us at the 2017 Michael Chang Tennis Classic.
Michael Chang, originally from Hoboken, New Jersey, set numerous “youngest player records,” turning pro at just 15 years of age. In 1987, he became the youngest player to win a main draw match at the U.S. Open and the youngest to reach a Tour semifinal. Later in 1989, he became the youngest French Open/Grand Slam Champion ever, ranking among the top five in the world.