January 2018 Around Town 3

Journey Back to a Simpler Time

Tom Stillwell started his own Facebook site in 2010 called “I Grew Up In Newport Beach BEFORE it was the OC,” and it now has 14,000 followers. He was recently the featured speaker at the Balboa Island Museum’s Speaker’s Series in collaboration with the City of Newport Beach Arts Commission, and 150 people showed up to the sold-out affair. Held in the Central Library Friends Room, Stillwell entertained with his amazing collection of photos and creatively produced videos to show a simpler time. He introduced the NBB4OC Project, where he will work with the Museum to interview people and preserve memories.

Twenty Years of Giving 
and Nurturing

The Orangewood Foundation’s 20th Annual Ambassador Luncheon, held at the Hilton Orange County in Costa Mesa, drew 550 guests to net more than $50,000 for the foundation’s programs. This year’s recipient of the General William Lyon Crystal Vision Philanthropy Award (named after the foundation’s founding chairman) was longtime board member Bill Healey. Dr. Emily Harris inspired as the foundation’s youth speaker by telling how she overcame challenges to become a doctor, and keynote speaker and NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott congratulated the foundation for its amazing donors and programs that help foster youth.

New Permanent School 
Pantry in Anaheim

Community Action Partnership of Orange County, in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank, has launched its new Permanent School Pantry, La Colonia Market, in the Anaheim Independencia Family Resource Center. The mission of the School Pantry Program is to help alleviate hunger in America through the provision of food to children and their families. They are located on the grounds of a school or community-based organization to provide a more readily accessible source of food assistance.

A Celebration of Cable

Talented jeweler and sculptor David Yurman, well-known for creating a cable motif in his jewelry designs, has authored his first book called, David Yurman: Cable. He made a personal appearance at the David Yurman store in South Coast Plaza in celebration of his book launch, and the packed crowd of Yurman lovers, 170-strong, bought every book! General Manager Jill Glick was ecstatic. The humble man, always thankful for his amazing success, began his cable pursuit in 1983 when he twisted 52 feet of gold strands into helix-shaped bracelets, and the rest is history.

Success All-Round

The 2017 KidWorks’ Foundation for Success Luncheon held at the Doubletree Hotel in Santa Ana set a record by netting $731,000 to help fund its afterschool education and leadership development programs. Philanthropist David A. Pyle was presented the 2017 Dan Donahue Leadership Award for his fervent support for KidWorks’ youth and families. Alfred Padilla, one of the nonprofit’s amazing success stories, was also recognized, while keynote speaker Chad Williams, author of the best-selling book, SEAL of God, spoke about coming to terms with the direction of his life and his subsequent journey through the grueling Naval Ops training.