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
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
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.
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
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
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 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.
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
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
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
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.
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 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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.”
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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, 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
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 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 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.
"Enter a World of Pure Imagination…Expect the Unexpected" was Orange County School of the Arts' theme for its 30th Anniversary Gala at Hotel Irvine, and the 200 students who entertained delivered! It was a thrill-packed evening, with net proceeds reaching a cool $1 million. Emeritus Board members were the honorees.
ABT premiered its whimsical ballet, "Whipped Cream," choreographed by Artist-in-Residence Alexei Ratmansky with marvelous sets and costumes by pop-surrealist Mark Ryden, at Segerstrom Hall to delighted packed houses. The post-performance party at South Coast Plaza's Jewel Court wowed the taste buds with its out-of-this-world desserts. Photography Doug Gifford
More than 500 wine lovers and Community Service Programs' supporters gathered at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa to enjoy unique wines and food pairings from local restaurants. Event proceeds benefited CSP's Huntington Beach Youth Shelter and its emergency and therapeutic programs.
The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders hosted its second annual Hope & Help Gala at The Resort at Pelican Hill. The sold out event netted $347,439 to benefit the Center’s services. “It was incredible to see the continued support from families and friends,” Executive Director Catherine Brock said.
The 108th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Awards Dinner recognized the Boat Parade and Ring of Lights winners at its 300-guest dinner at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. Hosted by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, the event's proceeds were delegated for next year's gala awards dinner.
Committed to helping veterans find employment through its VetNet program, Working Wardrobes' annual gala, themed "That's The Spirit," raised significant funds for the cause. Held at Mission San Juan Capistrano, the 300 guests enjoyed Spanish-themed cuisine, a professional salsa performance, tempting auctions and dancing under the stars.
Seven outstanding female leaders and Girl Scout alumnae were recognized at the Island Hotel fundraiser for more than 250 guests, netting $225,000 for local Scout programs. Each honoree was paired with a Girl Scout, who created a unique art piece illustrating the woman’s leadership characteristics. Photography Laurel Hungerford
Hoag's "Christmas Carol Ball," started in 1966 as the "Voices of Christmas," was held at Monarch Beach Resort, where 640 black-tie attired guests gathered to celebrate the golden anniversary. A lavish dinner, followed by a "Dancing Through the Decades" show by the NRG Band, captured the celebratory moment.
Hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, National Philanthropy Day Orange County's 31st Annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon, held at the City National Grove of Anaheim, drew 800+ guests to honor nine individuals and businesses who represent the best in giving to others. Photography Tony Lattimore, Carla Rhea
Women of Chapman's nutcracker-themed 30th Annual "Christmas at The Ritz" holiday luncheonÂ drewÂ 375 guests to the Island Hotel for a festive celebration,Â netting more than $308,000 for Chapman University's Dodge College, Musco Center and the Center for Science and Technology. Photography Tony Lattimore, Peggy O'Donnell
Segerstrom Center for the Arts' 43rd Annual Candlelight Concert drew accolades from its 460 guests for the onstage elegant all-white giant paper flower decor, sparkling chandeliers and stunning table design. Together with King's performance and Lugano Diamonds' strand of pearls, it was memorable! Photography Kimberly April, Joesan Diche, Doug Gifford
Friends of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) hosted its annual holiday luncheon at Monarch Beach Resort for a sold crowd of 600, showcasing an engaging Ted Baker London runway fashion show, great auction items and a heartfelt CASA story by volunteer Rhonda Beylik. Photography Xuon Do/Happy Photos
Six hundred guests attended the Tracy Family Celebration, presented by Ron & Marsha Moeller, at the City National Grove of Anaheim, where record net proceeds of $575,000 were raised for mental health services. Donor honors, dining, auctions, and a wine wall were de rigueur, as the legendary Stevie Nicks entertained.
The Sixth Annual Senior Care Hero Awards, held at The City National Grove of Anaheim, drew 550 guests and recognized the senior care industry's unsung heroes, while raising net proceeds of $250,000 in support of SeriorServ, Orange County's largest nonprofit senior nutrition Meals on Wheels provider. Photography SeniorServ
Thirteen outstanding local chefs created a memorable dinner with specialty wines for 300 guests attending the annual SOS Celebrity Chef Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort. The evening altogether netted $183,000 to support the SOS Food Pantry and programs that support the vulnerable and homeless in our community.