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.
This group loves to party and proved it again at Providence's 51st annual gala at the Disneyland Hotel, at the same time raising thousands to continue the nonprofit's mission as the leading provider of speech, hearing and language services to adults and children. JT & Friends' 40-piece show band rocked!
The Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe of Pine Ridge, South Dakota were recipients of more than $400,000 at the inaugural True Sioux Hope Gala at the Balboa Bay Resort. Organized by Twila True, a tribal member, and local philanthropist Donna Pickup, 350 guests enjoyed a great party with traditional Sioux dances.
Rivals United for a Kure, the largest fundraiser for Kure It Cancer Research, held its fifth annual fundraiser to raise funds for underfunded cancers. The late Barry Hoeven, founder of Kure It and co-founder of Rivals, was honored and CommonWealth Partners was recognized for its unprecedented support. Photography Carla Rhea
ArtsOC's 17th Annual Orange County Arts Awards drew 250 people to its sold-out event at Segerstrom Center for the Arts' Samueli Theater, where community standouts were honored for their arts contributions. ArtsOC board member William London was chair, while Jennifer Backhaus of Backhausdance and ArtsOC Executive Director Richard Stein emceed.
South Coast Plaza's longtime friendship with Serving People in Need prompted its annual gala's dedication to the luxury retail center. An Italian-themed dinner was orchestrated by restaurateur Antonio Cagnolo of Antonello Ristorante and top vocalists Pia Toscano from American Idol and Dez Duron from The Voice entertained. Photography Davis Lisenbee
Chapman University's 35th annual black-tie gala's "Chapman Celebrates" noted a new president, Daniele Struppa, and a new venue, Musco Center for the Arts. College of Performing Arts students entertained guests, staunch supporters were honored and a sumptuous dinner followed in the gala tent. Photography Troy Nikolic, John Saade, Nathan Worden
More than 330 guests gathered at the City National Grove of Anaheim to support the Orange County Ronald McDonald House, known as a "home away from home" to families whose children are receiving treatment at local hospitals. The custom car show, cocktail party, tasty hors d'oeuvres, and elegant fashion presentation enthralled.
Gathering at Crystal Cove, 420 guests celebrated oceanside to net record-breaking funds to preserve Crystal Cove State Park. The Resort at Pelican Hill's culinary team created a delicious farm-to-table dinner, and the three-night stay in the South Beach Suite was a highlight. Photography J. Christopher Launi and Paul F. Gero
Harvesters' 24th Annual Fashion Show & Luncheon at Segerstrom Center for the Arts wowed 400 guests with the season's fall/winter looks from top designer brands, thanks to presenter and sponsor South Coast Plaza. Monies raised benefited Second Harvest Food Bank's mission to end hunger.
The Festival of Children Foundation's 15th Annual Festival of Children opening night party at South Coast Plaza's Garden Terrace drew 450 guests to celebrate the 75 nonprofits helping children. Founder/Executive Director Sandy Segerstrom Daniels awarded Jessica Carscadden the FRED Award for her "We Care Bears" project. Photography Scott Smeltzer
Discovery Cube's "Wild West at the Cube" gala on-site in Santa Ana honored the Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club with its Arnold O. Beckman Award and retired Boeing executive Jay Witzling with the Spirit of Discovery Award for their outstanding contributions. President/CEO Joe Adams said, "This has been an amazing year."
The Laura's House gala took a British theme as more than 300 guests gathered at the Island Hotel to raise money for domestic violence victims. Wende Zomnir, co-founder of Urban Decay Cosmetics, and Pam Jacobson, founder of The Healing Sanctuary, received Crystal Heart Awards for their unwavering support.
More than 350 supporters of Vanguard University's Global Center for Women and Justice gathered at the Island Hotel for an inspiring program to honor victims and community members and educate attendees about the startling fact of human trafficking. The Priceless Luncheon to End Human Trafficking raised $165,149 for the center.