SPIN’s 28th Annual Gala Rallies to End Homelessness

SPIN (Serving People in Need) hosted its "Gourmet Wine Pairing Dinner" for 200 supporters at Big Canyon Country Club to raise funds to help fund and assist OC families with permanent housing to avoid homelessness. The elegant affair, which included a gourmet repast, also featured a Lugano Diamonds bauble.

Arts Orange County Presents 2017 Arts Awards

ArtsOC's 18th Annual Orange County Arts Awards drew 260 guests to Segerstrom Center's Samueli Theater to honor community standouts for their exemplary arts contributions and netted $100,000 for the nonprofit's outstanding arts programs. OC Fair & Event Center CEO Kathy Kramer and ArtsOC President/CEO were event emcees. 

Wine Soiree Benefits Southern California Hospice Foundation

SCHF, dedicated to helping enhance the quality of life for terminally ill patients, held its Eighth Annual "Wine Soirée Spectacular" at the Marconi Automotive Museum in Tustin, where 200 supporters gathered to sip wines, enjoy dinner, auctions and a "Start Your Own Cellar" raffle, raising nearly $100,000 for the cause.

A Huge Bravo to Irvine Barclay Theatre Supporters

Bravo Barclay! members and Irvine Barclay Theatre supporters attended a complimentary soiree hosted by Andrei's Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails in Irvine, where the theatre's 2017-18 season was highlighted, supporters were thanked and Emmy Award-winning actor/singer Keith David, who performed at the Barclay the next evening, was introduced. Photography Doug Gifford

Ethos Contemporary Art Gallery Celebrates Second Anniversary

More than 100 art lovers attended the "Looking Forward/Looking Back" Georgeana Ireland One Woman Show in celebration of the Second Anniversary of Ethos Contemporary Art in Newport Beach. Live music and delectable hors d'oeuvres and wines were part of the mix, with 10% of sales benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank.

Discovery Cube’s “Beyond the Tide” Gala Supports Science Education

Celebrating Discovery Cube's third campus, Discovery Cube's Ocean Quest in Newport Beach, this year's ocean-themed gala drew 300 supporters and raised more than $530,000 for science education. It was announced the Hoag Foundation had awarded the Ocean Crest Cube a $550,000 grant to support its "Dive Into Citizen Science" program.

Fundraising for Literacy

The Literacy Project, dedicated to raising funds to enable disadvantaged children to increase their reading skills, held its Eighth Annual "What Dreams Are Made Of" gala at the Newport Beach Country Club. The event showcased three young students representing the thousands helped through TLP's gift of literacy. Photography Tony Florez

Nation’s One-Day Charity Car Show

The 18th Annual "Cruisin' for a Cure" car show returned to the OC Fairgrounds to showcase 3,500 vehicles and offer free prostate cancer screenings, with 864 men tested and 143 advised to to seek additional help. Event founder Debbie Baker presented KSK Cancer Center of Irvine a check for $100,000. 

“Zoofari” Celebrates its Silver Anniversary

Friends of the Santa Ana Zoo's big fundraiser, "Zoofari," celebrated its 25th anniversary and netted $100,000 ($24,000 more than last year) to help with its River Otter Habitat. With zoo animals greeting guests, a whopping silent auction and sumptuous catered dinner by Parties by Panache, smiles abounded. Photography Ann Chatillon

“Priceless” Luncheon Raises Awareness on 
Issue of Human Trafficking

Vanguard University's Global Center for Women and Justice held its fifth annual "Priceless" luncheon to raise awareness of the issue of human trafficking and to recognize individuals, businesses and organizations who have worked to protect and defend survivors. The center carries out its mission through education, research, advocacy and collaboration.

Mission San Juan Capistrano’s 
”Romance of the Mission Gala” a Magical Affair!

The Mission Gala showcased a magnificent concert in the ruins of the Great Stone Church by Tony/Grammy vocalist Heather Headley and presented a superb gourmet repast in the Mission's Central Courtyard for 450 guests. Net proceeds of $221,000 helped the Mission 
Preservation Foundation. Photography Lisa Renee Baker, Carla Rhea

Guests Boogie on Down at Saturday Night Fever-Themed Gala

Many of the 300 guests attending the "Saturday Night Fever at Club Laura's House" gala at the Island Hotel donned Disco attire to raise money for the services Laura's House provides domestic violence victims. Underwriting, auction items and the "Rebuild a Life" ask raised $530,000 for the nonprofit, which pleased CEO/Executive Director Margaret Bayston.

Free Wheelchair Mission Celebrates One Million Lives Changed Through the Gift of Mobility

Free Wheelchair Mission's "Miracle of Mobility Gala" with 700 supporters raised $1.5 million to fund nearly 19,000 free wheelchairs, thus 
putting in motion the march to providing the second million wheelchairs. Founder/President of the faith-based, humanitarian 
organization, Don Schoendorfer, pledged to provide the second million in half the time.

CANSTRUCTION OC Winners Announced

Thirteen local architectural, construction, engineering, planning and design teams participated in the 10th Annual CANSTRUCTION competition by using cans of food to create art. The total amount of cans (77,333) utilized were donated to the OC Food Bank to feed the hungry in Orange County. Photography Pixel That!/Brian Carter

Celebrity Benefit Fitting Finale to Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters Season

Festival of Arts' 85th season ended with a Celebrity Benefit Concert headlining legendary performers Herb Alpert and Lani Hall, 
while the sold-out crowd viewed the festival's amazing art show and ended up in Irvine Bowl entertained by the 84th Pageant of the Masters hosted by acclaimed actor Bryan Cranston.

La Scala Ballet’s “Giselle” Wows Audiences

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

AIA Orange County Hosts Eighth Annual Artwalk

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

SeaChange Summer Party Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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.

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

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

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

“Art of Dining” Celebrates 30 Years

With Louis Vuitton as Presenter of Orange County Museum of Art's "Art of Dining" for the fourth year running, it was again a creative, artistic affair for 250 guests. The 30th anniversary gourmet dining/honored artist benefit saluted Beijing-based artist Sun Xun and netted $350,000 for the museum. Photography Ryan Miller

Working Wardrobes Hosts a Spectacular Patriotic Evening

Working Wardrobes annual gala, themed "Red, White, Blue and You!" drew 350 guests to The Resort at Pelican Hill to honor the military and its VetNet program, a safety net for veterans. VetNet founder Harry Humphries was honored, with the nonprofit netting approximately $350,000 for the program.

Arts & Business Leadership Awards Includes “The Bodyguard”

A Distinguished Leader Award awaited Charles Zhang, Zion Enterprises Principal Founder, and a Rising Leader Award for Jesse D. Bagley, Interior Office Solutions Founder/President, at Segerstrom Center's Arts & Business Leadership Awards Dinner, followed by the "The Bodyguard" at Segerstrom Hall and post-party at Water Grill. Photography Doug Gifford

‘Gotta Have Heart’

The Big Canyon Spyglass Hill Philharmonic Committee held its annual benefit, "Gotta Have Heart," at the Island Hotel, with 67 guests enjoying the festive dinner dance. The Retros band entertained as guests dined and bid on auction items, which helped garner $22,000 for the Philharmonic's children's programs. Photography Peggy O'Donnell

“Taste of Barcelona” Dinner & Auction

Art & Creativity for Healing's annual Palette of Colors benefit took more than 300 guests to the Lyon Art Museum Hangar to help net $80,000 to support the nonprofit's emotional healing programs utilizing art and creative expression for individuals living in pain, grief, fear and stress. Photography Rick Chatillon

Pink Tie Ball is a Great Success

The 11th Annual Komen Orange County Pink Tie Ball at the Paséa Hotel in Huntington Beach was a sell-out and raised $635,000 towards the next generation of cancer research and local initiatives towards the goal of reducing the number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026.

Olympic Gold Medalist Simone Biles Speaks for Foster Youth

Simone Biles, once a foster youth herself, was the featured speaker at Orangewood Foundation's 44 Women for Orangewood's 13th annual Scholarship Luncheon at the Disneyland Hotel, where 400 guests enjoyed the question and answer session with her mother Nellie led by NBC4's Vikki Vargas. Photography Ann Chatillon, Robert Rooks

Women of Chapman Present $425,000 to Chapman University

Women of Chapman presented $425,000 to Chapman University at Balboa Bay Resort to honor support of Musco Center for the Arts, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts and the Center for Science and Engineering. The group's Student Filmmaker Endowment presented $50,000 to deserving Dodge College students. Photography Tony Lattimore

“I’Magine” Gala Benefits Space Redesign Project

Saddleback Memorial Foundation's Spring Gala at Monarch Beach Resort drew 400 physicians, philanthropists and supporters to net $300,000 for Saddleback Memorial Medical Center's redesign project. The heartwarming evening featured SMMC patients telling their stories of how their lives were saved by world-class physicians, nurses and staff. Photography Paul F. Gero

“Living with Heart” Gala Benefits Mercy House

Mercy House, one of Southern California's premier advocates for the homeless, drew 340 guests to the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel for its annual "Living with Heart" gala. Together with underwriting, silent and live auctions and "Lift Your Heart" pledges, an estimated $240,000 
was netted for the nonprofit's programs.

SOS Rolls Out its 24th Annual “Wild and Crazy Taco Night!”

Share Our Selves' annual "Wild and Crazy Taco Night" drew an estimated 750 guests to taste some amazing gourmet tacos and raise money for a good cause. The approximate $100,000 netted will support the SOS Food Pantry to help feed Orange County residents at risk of going hungry.

OCBJ Honors Five Outstanding Businesswomen

Orange County Business Journal's 23rd Annual Women in Business Luncheon never ceases to amaze. The 191 women nominated for the five top slots are all impressive, and when you hear the accomplishments of the winners, you are bowled over. The 750 guests at 
Hotel Irvine all agreed. Photography Laurel Hungerford

Pacific Symphony Opts for 1920s Gala

The Jazz Age was well served as 430 guests enjoyed a night of flappers and speakeasies at Pacific Symphony's annual gala at Hotel Irvine. With a jam-packed auction and fund-a-dream bringing in more than $800,000, net proceeds were realized of more than $1.5 million for 
symphony programs. Photography Ann Chatillon

Decorative Arts Society Celebrates Famed Designer Mark D. Sikes

DARTS' "Beautiful" luncheon, named in honor of nationally-known interior designer Mark D. Sikes' best-selling book, drew more than 200 guests to the Newport Beach Country Club, where tables were gorgeous in classic blue and white decor. In a surprise gesture, Honorary Chair Julia Argyros generously donated $250,000. Photography Ann Chatillon

Balboa Island Artwalk Delights!

The 23rd Annual Balboa Island Artwalk brought out hundreds of people to ogle the works of more than 100 participating artists offering paintings, jewelry, pottery, blown glass, sculpture and photography. Added live music along the way only made the picture perfect day more perfect. Photography Ana Launes

Surfing Icon Laird Hamilton’s Documentary Opens Newport Beach Film Festival

The 18th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival proved once again that people love film, as 50,000 people attended the eight-day extravaganza, which showcased the West Coast Premiere on opening night of "Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton." The festival screened more than 350 films, representing 58 countries.

United Cerebral Palsy Honors Dr. Jennifer Simpson and Hoag Hospital

UCP-OC held its "Life Without Limits" gala at the Balboa Bay Resort, where $275,000 was netted to help children and families affected by cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome and developmental delays. Dr. Jennifer Simpson received the Individual Impact Award and Hoag Hospital the Community Impact Award. Photography Jon Didier

Circle 1000 Celebrates its 30th Annual Founders’ Brunch

The 30th Annual Circle 1000 Founders' Celebration Brunch, held at the Balboa Bay Resort, drew 350 guests to hear featured sparker Joan Lunden, award-winning journalist, bestselling author and cancer survivor. Circle 1000 has raised more than $18 million for the Hoag Family Cancer Institute. Photography Ann Chatillon and Kevin Warn

CHOC Follies XX Nets More Than 
$1 Million for CHOC Children’s

More than 2,500 people took a trip back to the 1950s at the Robert B. Moore Theatre in Costa Mesa to enjoy 85 volunteer business and civic leaders performing in the 20th Annual CHOC Follies, dubbed “CHOC Around the Clock–We’re Twistin’ and Returnin’ to the Happiest Days in OC.”

Heartfelt Luncheon Raises Funds for CF Research

The Cystic Fibrosis Guild's Annual Luncheon drew 280 guests to the Hilton Orange County, where nearly $100,000 was netted for cystic fibrosis research. Brice Baumgartner spoke about living with CF and surviving a recent lung transplant, and 14-year-old Grace Rose Bauer, who has CF, showcased her fashions. Photographer Sebastian Moreno

OC Heart & Stroke Ball Touts Healthy Diet

The 36th Annual OC Heart & Stroke Ball, hosted by the American Heart Association, drew 300 guests to The Ritz-Carlton for a “Color Your Life”–themed black-tie affair. The healthy dinner featured vegetables and fruits encouraged by AHA to help prevent heart disease and stroke. Photographer Rich Lasalle

Childhelp’s 31st Annual “For the Love of a Child” Benefit

Close to 400 people attended this year’s Childhelp “For the Love of a Child” Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Island Hotel. South Coast Plaza sponsored a fabulous runway fashion show, and longtime supporter Julia Argyros was presented the chapter’s Inspirational Award for her leadership and philanthropy. Photography Ann Chatillon

Leading Alzheimer’s Supporters Honored at AOC Gala

Alzheimer’s Orange County’s 19th Annual “Care Support Cure” Gala, held at the Pelican Hill Golf Pavilion, drew nearly 300 guests to raise funds for the nonprofit’s no-cost care and support programs and services. Guest speaker Kim Campbell spoke about her role as caregiver to legendary country music star Glen Campbell.

Adoption Guild Features Fashion Island Fashions at Luncheon

The 56th Annual Spring Adoption Guild Patroness Luncheon at the Newport Beach Country Club attracted 260 guests for a lively fashion show, tasty lunch and tempting silent auction. More than $100,000 was raised for Holy Family Services Adoption and Foster Care outreach. Photography Ann Chatillon

Art Stars Shine at 11th Art Star Awards

Held at event sponsor's [seven degrees] digs in Laguna Beach, 260 community and cultural leaders gathered to celebrate 
Laguna Beach Art Alliance's Art Stars. Aside from the photos, the Best Arts Program was Sawdust Art Festival 50th Anniversary and 
Laguna Beach Band and Elementary Music Program won Outstanding Arts Collaboration.

CASA’s Black and White Ball Nets More Than $1 Million

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) held its annual Black & White Ball at the Island Hotel, attracting 370 guests and netting $1,047,000 to support and serve abused, abandoned and neglected children. The black-tie affair featured a superb repast, tempting silent and live auction items and lively casino games.

Table for 10’s Culinary Extravaganza Delivers!

Table for 10, orchestrated by KM Productions for deserving nonprofits, held its 11th annual culinary extravaganza for a sold-out crowd of 350 gourmands at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa in Dana Point. More than $300,000 was divided between Vocational Visions and The Teen Project. Photography Bob Hodson, Tony Lattimore

‘Fiddlin’ Around in Ragtime’

The Hutchins Consort featured The G Burns Jug Band in a performance featuring ragtime favorites at Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, where 107 Hutchins' supporters gathered for dinner and an auction. The $41,000 netted supports the octet, who perform on violins designed and built by Dr. Carleen Hutchins. Photography Ann Chatillon

Laguna Art Museum’s 35th Annual Art Auction

Laguna Art Museum's popular art auction, themed "California Cool," drew 350 art lovers to enjoy, purchase and bid on the works of more than 100 California artists. Together with a silent and Bonhams-orchestrated live auction, as well as a Fund-A-Need campaign benefiting LAM's K-12 children's education programs, proceeds reached $366,000.

Olive Crest’s St. Paddy’s Day Celebration Shines!

Olive Crest's St. Paddy's Day Celebration rocked the house on March 17th at Newport Beach Country Club, with a sold-out crowd of 336 eager to celebrate the Irish holiday. The festive affair showcased an Irish band, whiskey sampling, and fun prizes and auction items, helping raise $200,000 for Project Independence.