OCSA’s “Big Time in the Big Easy” Wows!

Orange County School of the Arts’s New Orleans-themed gala thrilled 600 guests as students from the nationally-renowned school performed a scintillating show. Spirits were high as $1.6 million was netted, thanks in large part by generous donors Julia and Lisa Argyros and Mohamed El-Erian. The performance was dedicated to late supporter Lew Webb. Photography Yunuen … Continued

Culinary Extravaganza Draws Raves

The 12th Annual Table for Ten drew a sold-out crowd of 320 to Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort, where 32 chefs and their restaurants provided gourmet dinners for 10 at beautifully decorated tables. Balboa Bay Resort’s Executive Chef Rachel Haggstrom was honored, and $450,000 in net proceeds was garnered for Vocation Visions and The Teen Project. … Continued

“Dancing for Tomorrow’s Stars” Entertains

The Assistance League of Newport-Mesa’s 10th annual dance competition featuring high-profile community leaders and dance professionals drew kudos all-round from the 250 guests at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Net proceeds of $82,000 were designated for the community philanthropic programs the league supports benefiting underserved children and their families. Photography Ann Chatillon, Sandy Zimmer

Salute to St. Patrick’s Day Benefits Olive Crest

Olive Crest’s St. Paddy’s Day Celebration drew a sold-out crowd of 435 guests to the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort on St. Patrick’s Day to net $125,000 for its children and families programs. An Irish band and dancers, whiskey tasting, tempting auctions, and a chance to win a Vince Farragamo-autographed football from Super Bowl XIV drew … Continued

St. Michael’s Abbey Breaks Ground

Nearly 200 benefactors joined the Norbertine community of St. Michel’s Abbey at the site of their new home for a groundbreaking and to celebrate the amazing achievement of raising $120 million in the campaign for the new abbey. The new abbey will feature the abbey church, monastery and cloister, convent, administration building, guest facilities and … Continued

CASA Ball’s Net Proceeds Record Breaking

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Orange County hosted its Celebration of Children: Black & White Ball at the Pasea Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach and for the fourth year in a row broke its net proceeds record with $1,165.800. With a “Back in Time” theme, guests dressed in roaring 1920s attire as longtime supporters … Continued

Childhelp’s 32nd “For the Love of a Child” Fashion Show & Luncheon

Four hundred attendees attended Childhelp’s annual fundraiser at the Fashion Island Hotel, where Tilly Levine received the Children’s Friend Award and Beverly Cohen the Inspirational Award. South Coast Plaza’s runway fashion show drew praise, with a $2,500 shopping spree at the venerable retail paradise a hot ticket item. More than $375,000 in net proceeds were … Continued

Pacific Symphony Gala Celebrates its Carnegie Hall Debut

In celebration of Pacific Symphony’s Carnegie Hall debut, a 1940s New York theme drew 400 guests to the Hotel Irvine for its “On the Town” gala. Vignettes of iconic New York scenes and cuisine greeted guests, and a sumptuous ballroom dazzled. Singing sensation Katherine McPhee entertained, and $1.55 million was raised for symphony music and … Continued

Adoption Guild’s 57th Patroness Spring Luncheon

With a “Celebrating Family” theme, the Adoption Guild of Southern Orange County hosted its Patroness Spring Luncheon for 250 women at Balboa Bay Resort. Highlighted by a lively runway fashion show of spring fashions from Grayse in Fashion Island, monies raised supported Holy Family Services Adoption and Foster Care Agency founded by Dolores Hope in … Continued

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Awards 
Dinner & Auction

Three hundred people gathered at the Fashion Island Hotel to celebrate the 109th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights winners. The annual event, which raises money for next year's parade, is hosted by The Commodores of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce and its President/CEO Steve Rosansky. 

Women Helping Women

Each year the Beauty in Grace giving circle pools its membership gifts to make a donation to a women's health program at Saddleback Medical Center. This year's annual luncheon, which drew 60 women, saw $68,000 given to purchase video streaming equipment for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Photography Paul Gero

Nonprofit Merger Celebrated

A Casino Night was held to celebrate the merger of Acacia Adult Day Services and its 38 years of extensive social and healthcare day services for aging adults with the local nonprofit Alzheimer's Orange County. Nearly 300 guests attended the casino night at the adult day center. Photography Sarah Chavez

‘Let’s Celebrate!’

Providence Speech and Hearing Center's (PSHC) 52nd Annual Gala drew 315 guests to the City National Grove of Anaheim for an evening of fine food, incredible entertainment (thanks to JT & Friends) and raising money to enrich the lives of those with speech and hearing problems through its amazing programs.

‘Christmas Carol Ball’ Celebrates 51 Years!

The Hoag Hospital Foundation's "Christmas Carol Ball" observed 51 years for the popular holiday gala, held at the Monarch Beach Resort. The 600 festively-attired guests enjoyed a gourmet repast, tempting auction items, a lively Rat Pack show and dancing to the NRG band, while raising impressive funds to support Hoag.

Newport Beach Restaurant Week Kick-Off

The 12th Annual Newport Beach Restaurant Week (actually two weeks this year), themed "Beyond the Menu: A Culinary Journey," launched at a dine-around experience at Fashion Island's Lincoln Experience Center with 100 guests. The event is presented by Dine Newport Beach and the Newport Beach Restaurant Association. Photography Robert Rooks

A Windy City Candlelight

With a nod to Chicago, thanks to award-winning rock band Chicago and Event Co-Chair Carol Perry's Windy City roots, the 44th Annual Candlelight Concert on the stage of Segerstrom Hall surrounded 460 guests with a star-studded Chicago skyline. Perry's husband and fellow Co-Chair Mark Perry is incoming board chairman.

American Ballet Theatre Honors 
Segerstrom Center’s Judy Morr

ABT honored Segerstrom Center Executive Vice President Judy Morr at its annual Holiday Benefit at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Some of ABT’s biggest names, including principal dancers, joined the party and performed. Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie lauded Morr's efforts in "curating a world-renowned international dance program of the highest quality." 

SOKA University of America 13th Annual Peace Gala

"Celebrating the Vision of Peace" was the theme for SOKA's Peace Gala held at the esteemed university in Aliso Viejo. The Voice finalist Chris Mann entertained and NBC4 weather-caster Fritz Coleman was master of ceremonies for the 488 guests. An impressive $806,692 was netted for student scholarships. Photography Robert Rooks

Girl Scouts of Orange County Honor 
Six Extraordinary Women

Local Girl Scout alumnae were honored at the 280-guest Eighth Annual "Celebrate Leadership" event at the Island Hotel. Each honoree was paired with a Girl Scout, who created a custom art piece representative of her mentor's leadership journey. Net proceeds of $275,000 were raised to support scouting. Photography Laurel Hungerford

Court Appointed Special Advocates Holiday 
Luncheon Sets Record Net

Friends of CASA hosted its 22nd Annual Holiday Luncheon for 620 guests at Monarch Beach Resort and netted a record $426,000 for mentoring and advocating for foster care children. The runway fashion show was presented by Intermix, Jimmy Choo and South Coast Plaza. Photography John Watkins

“Christmas at The Ritz” Dazzles!

Mona Lee Nesseth and her committee created a dazzling 31st Annual "Christmas at The Ritz" for Women of Chapman and netted nearly $291,000 for support of Chapman University. Snow sprites, toy soldiers, sparkling Christmas trees and Santa himself heralded the season for the 380 guests. Photography Tony Lattimore, Peggy O'Donnell

Harvesters Net More Than $1 Million 
at 25th Anniversary Benefit

South Coast Plaza, celebrating its 50th Anniversary, hosted the Harvesters 25th Annual Fashion Show & Luncheon in a plaza-based pavillon, which drew 450 guests to enjoy the latest fall/winter fashions and a delicious Water Grill-catered lunch. The proceeds provided three million meals for the hungry through Second Harvest Food Bank.

Vocational Visions’ “Masquerade Ball” Delights!

Many of the 290 guests wore masks and enjoyed world-famous magician Johnny "Ace" Palmer's rabbit out-of-a-hat trick, while the evening's highlight was a performance by Vocational Visions' clients dancing to Michael Jackson's "Thriller." The much-needed $60,000 provides programs, services and support to help adults with disabilities. 
Photography Ann Chatillon

“Chapman Celebrates” Wows with Honors, 
Entertainment and Gala Dinner

The Duffer Brothers '07 of Netflix fame for showstopper "Stranger Things" and extraordinary donors Sarah Ann and Dale Fowler '58 were honored at the 37th Annual "Chapman Celebrates" scholarship benefit (raising $1.5 million), while 100 Chapman student performers wowed guests. Dinner and dancing was the frosting on the cake! 

National Philanthropy Day Inspires!

Nearly 800 guests attended the 32nd National Philanthropy Day of Orange County's Awards Luncheon at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals' Orange County Chapter, the "Celebrating Passion for a Cause"- themed event honored standouts in philanthropy. 
Photography Tony Lattimore and Carla Rhea 

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