A Circle of Love

It takes a village–and, in this case, a large circle of wonderful friends. That is how it all began 30 years ago. Circle 1000 is a philanthropic endeavor benefiting the Hoag Family Cancer Institute. The program was first developed to raise awareness and help the Hoag Family Cancer Center Institute to flourish. The inspiration behind the impactful program is Newport…

It’s Bigger Than Just Us

I used to think that watching people riding atop elephants looked like great fun. I once saw an elephant painting with his trunk and was astounded at his dexterity. But then I became involved in a philanthropic project with local chef Pascal Olhats and I had to wrap my head around a whole new way of thinking. What we may…

Poking Holes in the Darkness

The 1947 Frank Capra Classic, It’s A Wonderful Life, made its Holiday seasonal return to the small screen this past December. If you haven’t seen the movie lately, I encourage you to download the movie. It’s always a wonderful time to see It’s A Wonderful Life.

Newport Rises Up for Ben

For seasoned Newport Beach lifeguard Ben Carlson, July 6, 2014 started out like any other sunny southern California day at the beach. But, on this day, the swells pealing in from the tumultuous, white-capped ocean were larger than usual, driven by an offshore hurricane pounding the coast. Up and down the 6 ½ miles of Newport’s coastline, red warning flags…

Angelitos de Oro’s 55 Years of Service to Big Brothers Big Sisters

What began in 1961 as a suggestion by Big Brothers of Orange County board member Robert Guggenheim, when he asked Mrs. Spencer T. Honig and several of her friends to form an auxiliary in support of the organization, spawned a support group called Angelitos de Oro (“Golden Angels”). Fifty-five years later, the group is still going strong, having contributed nearly…

A Wonderful Partnership

With Festival of Arts celebrating 84 years this summer and Pageant of the Masters a year behind, we are witnessing an extraordinary art partnership right here in Orange County. For many of us, attending the Festival and Pageant at the beautiful Laguna Bowl on the Festival of Arts grounds in Laguna Beach is an annual pilgrimage, one we look forward…

A Transformed Life

You might have run into Bill Bracken at the Peninsula Beverly Hills, the Four Seasons Hotel in Newport Beach (now the Island Hotel) or DivBar restaurant in Newport, where he served as executive chef for a total of 35 years. He is now in charge of Bracken’s Kitchen, a hunger relief organization that provides food to economically deprived people in…

One Man’s Search for Answers

It was a dire diagnosis: stage four kidney cancer. It is not something one wants to hear-ever. When Corona del Mar resident Barry Hoeven got the news from his doctor, he had no idea where that diagnosis would take him. Now, 17 years later, Hoeven is still alive by being just ahead of the curve in new treatments for kidney…

A LIFETIME COMMITMENT

Sue Hook was just 15 and a sophomore at Paramount High School in Los Angeles in 1965 when she and her friend, Nancy Myers, found out about a little boy in their neighborhood who had cystic fibrosis.