Katherine McPhee Wows Ocean Loving Audience

Oceana’s 11th SeaChange Summer Party drew a sold-out contingent of 400 guests to a private Laguna Beach villa overlooking the Pacific Ocean, where singer/songwriter/actress Katherine McPhee entertained. A superb dinner and over-the-top silent and live auctions were highlights, and more than $1 million was netted for local ocean conservation efforts. Chair Emeriti and ocean conservation … Continued

Smooth Jazz at its Best!

The 20th Annual Eric Marienthal & Friends Concert at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach drew a sold-out crowd of 1,000+ jazz-loving guests to benefit the High Hopes Brain Injury Program. Marienthal entertained along with special guests Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band and Johnny Mathis. Funds raised were designated to helping individual’s recover from traumatic brain … Continued

“Bring on the Rhythm” Gala Delights

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County’s annual gala showcased students performing from Travis Ranch Middle School’s Advanced Orchestra, who have been helped by PSOC’s “Strike Up the Band” program. Held at Samueli Theater, 100 guests enjoyed a superb dinner, bidding on eight tempting live auction items and dancing to the pulsating rhythms of Project M. … Continued

Miracle of Mobility Gala Nets $1.63 Million!

Funding more than 20,000 free wheelchairs was the result of netting $1.63 million at Free Wheelchair Mission’s 15th Annual Miracle of Mobility Gala held at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Keynote speaker Swati Dlamini Mandela, granddaughter of Nelson Mandela, lauded FWM’s efforts, which has  provided more than 1 million wheelchairs to those with disabilities in … Continued

Gala Proceeds Cap Space Redesign Project

More than 400 physicians, philanthropists and community supporters attended Saddleback Memorial Foundation’s Spring Gala held at Monarch Beach Resort. An impressive $285,000 was netted for I’Magine, the space redesign project for MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center, bringing the three-year total to $8.25 million, surpassing the $7 million goal for the $16 million project. Photography Paul Gero

Scholarship Luncheon a Heartwarming Affair

44 Women for Orangewood’s 14th Annual Scholarship Luncheon attracted 300 guests to the Fashion Island Hotel, where former Orangewood foster youth and scholarship recipient Orlando spoke about his success earning bachelor’s and masters degrees, ultimately also helping his sister Desiree. Youth advocate and best-selling author Steve Pemberton touched hearts telling his journey through the foster care … Continued

TMS Opens Offices for Treatment of Depression

NewEra TMS celebrated its grand opening with a reception at its new office located at Bella Terra Medical Building in Huntington Beach. In addition, the company is opening another office in Newport Beach/Costa Mesa. The practice offers safe and effective transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for the treatment of depression. The innovative solution represents an alternative … Continued

Rivals Cup Inaugural Golf Tournament a Sell-Out

Kure It Cancer Research's inaugural golf tournament drew a full contingent of golfers to Pelican Hill Golf Club for a great day of golfing followed by an awards banquet and auction. Competitive UCLA and USC alums vied for the trophy, which went to USC. The effort netted more than $135,000 for underfunded cancer research. Photography … Continued

Latin-Inspired ‘Life Without Limits’ Gala

United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County held its annual "Life Without Limits" gala with Tarek El Moussa of HGTV's popular Flip or Flop as guest host and with 2018 American Idol finalist Effie Passero entertaining. The 300-guest, Latin-themed benefit honored longtime supporter Scott Pievac as the individual Impact Award recipient and loanDepot as the Corporate Impact recipient. 

“Brighter Futures Luncheon” Brings Awareness

Laura's House held its third annual "Brighter Futures Luncheon," with 220 guests helping net $86,000 to help with domestic violence-related services. The keynote speaker was Cyber Cop, Clayton Cranford, who spoke on cyber safety. The Girl Scouts of Orange County and budding advocate and philanthropist Ali Shimabuku were honored for their support of the Laura's House mission. Photographer … Continued

Prominent Film Industry Women Featured

Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts held its 19th Annual "Women in Focus" luncheon and conference at Dodge with five??? of the film industry's most prominent women leading a panel discussion for 400 luncheon attendees and Chapman students. Featured were Dorothy Fortenberry, Amanda Barclay, Bonnie Pan, Rachel Skidmore, and Winnie Kemp. Photography Tony Lattimore, Olivia Dom

“Women of the Year Awards”

The 24th Annual "Women of the Year Awards" luncheon, hosted by Orange County Business Journal at Hotel Irvine, honored five remarkable women: Patty Avielo, President, New American Funding; Sheng Wang, Chief Technology Officer, AutoGravity; Shelly Hoss, President, Orange County Community Foundation; Nicole Suydam, CEO, Second Harvest Food Bank; Joni Rogers-Kante, Founder/CEO/Chairwoman, SeneGence International, Inc. Photography Laurel … Continued

Special Olympics Orange County Celebrates 50 Years

The "Heart of a Champion" gala celebrated Special Olympics Orange County's 50th anniversary and lauded its late Founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Honorees included NFL Hall of Famer and longtime Special Olympics supporter Vince Ferragamo, who was awarded the nonprofit's inaugural Hall of Fame Award, and Rebecca Nerney, honored as Outstanding Athlete, with the Betty Belden Palmer Award. Photography … Continued

Art Shines at Balboa Island Artwalk

The 24th Annual Balboa Island Artwalk, held on a beautiful sunny day in May, showcased talented artists and marked the start of Balboa Island's summer season. Held along the South Bayfront Promenade, 100 artists were featured exhibiting paintings, sculpture, blown glass, fine and fashion jewelry, and photography, with performing musicians entertaining along the way. 

“Hamilton” Finale for Arts & Business Leadership Awards Dinner

Segerstrom Center for the Arts' Fifth Annual Arts & Business Leadership Awards Dinner served the carrot on the stick as its finale – tickets to the Tony Award-winning "Hamitlon" at Segerstrom Center. The dinner, held at Samueli Theater, honored Samuel Tang with the Rising Star Award and Moti Ferder with the Distinguished Leader Award. Photography Doug Gifford, … Continued

Newport Beach Film Festival Celebrates 19 Years

Featuring more than 350 films from 50 countries, the 19th Newport Beach Film Festival opened with the West Coast Premiere of Sundance hit, "American Animals," and proceeded during its eight-day run to also present nightly special events, red carpet galas, conversations with renowned filmmakers and international spotlight events and seminars. Celebrity attendess and festival honorees were the … Continued

A Salute to Barry Hoeven

A reception in Newport Coast was held celebrating the vision of the late Barry Hoeven, who founded Kure It Cancer Research 10 years ago to raise funds for research for underfunded cancers. More than 130 friends and supporters gathered to honor Hoeven's legacy and commit to his goal of donating $1 million a year to cancer research. Photography Reggie Ige

Twenty-Five Years of Wild & Crazy Tacos

Share Our Selves' (SOS) 25th Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night drew 650 guests to its Costa Mesa campus to sample delicious tacos from 23 local chefs. The popular fundraiser netted $82,800 to support the SOS Food Pantry to help feed Orange County residents at risk of going hungry. Photography Andy Templeton

The Follies Fun Continues

CHOC Follies' 21st annual original musical production featuring 85 volunteer cast members showcased a toe-tapping "Footloose Follies" theme this year. The four performances, held at the Robert B. Moore Theater in Costa Mesa drew 2,150 attendees and netted more than $710,000 for CHOC Children's KidsCare Fund. Photography Michael Munson and Robert Rooks

The Literacy Project’s Fourth Annual “Readers in the Outfield”

The Literacy Project (TLP) and Angels Baseball came together to honor 100 students from schools in Anaheim and Santa Ana, who recently graduated from TLP's reading program. The kids enjoyed a hot dog lunch at Angel Stadium's Lexus Diamond Club, where they showed off their new reading skills to volunteers, sponsors and Angels Baseball alumni. Photography Tony … Continued

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.