Giving Thanks

This time of year always brings thoughts of Thanksgiving Day and all that special day means–sumptuous aromas from the kitchen, the time spent with loved ones and a chance to ponder the things for which we are truly thankful.

CF Guild Hosts Annual Luncheon

The Cystic Fibrosis Guild welcomed 210 guests to its Annual Luncheon held at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel, netting more than $75,000 for research and a cure. An impressive silent auction featured tickets to Dancing with the Stars, The Voice, premier wines from Caymus, and an autographed Maroon 5 guitar.

Biking Down Bolivia’s “Death Road”

Bolivia is one of the least visited countries in South America by North American tourists, let alone anyone from outside of the continent. For years, it’s been a destination for backpackers and the more adventurous types, as not a lot was known about the small landlocked country. Today, tourism has picked up some, but the country still struggles mostly due…

Zoofari’s 24th Annual Gala Delights!

Friends of the Santa Ana Zoo (FOSAZ) hosted Zoofari, themed "Year of the Monkey," and netted nearly $100,000 for the Giant River Otter Habitat and Zoo Improvements. Zoo animals greeted the 300 guests as did the specialty drink, the "Rickshaw Ricky," and longtime supporters Howard and Karen Hall were honored.

Family Secrets For A Successful Thanksgiving Dinner

Having happily orchestrated the family Thanksgiving dinner for almost 30 years, it is now time for me to pass the baton (or drum stick) to our next generation. The kids in our family now have careers, are purchasing homes and establishing their own traditions. I do want to continue to welcome the family to our home for Thanksgiving; however I…

Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Sides

Time is a valuable commodity around Thanksgiving! There never seems to be enough time to get all the trimmings for Thanksgiving dinner finished at the same time. These quick and easy sides are a life saver! They can easily be prepared ahead, and they are sure to earn rave reviews from your guests. Try a new twist on traditional stuffing…

Newport Rises Up for Ben

For seasoned Newport Beach lifeguard Ben Carlson, July 6, 2014 started out like any other sunny southern California day at the beach. But, on this day, the swells pealing in from the tumultuous, white-capped ocean were larger than usual, driven by an offshore hurricane pounding the coast. Up and down the 6 ½ miles of Newport’s coastline, red warning flags…

Taking it to the Extreme

On paper, the path Kaleigh Gilchrist took that led her to a gold medal in Rio seems to be a series of natural transitions. She got her start at Newport Harbor High School, where she led her team to first place at CIF Championships in 2008. In college, Gilchrist played for USC, and during her junior year, she made the…

KidSingers’ 20th Annual Gala Benefit

One Hundred and ten attendees celebrated the KidSingers’ 20th annual Gala Benefit & Auction themed "Imagine" at the Wyndham Hotel in Irvine, where longtime supporter Rhea Zakich was the Ovation honoree. More than $41,000 was raised for the award-winning after-school youth chorus for at-risk youth in Santa Ana.

The Physical Dimension of Wellness

The state or condition of being in good physical and mental health is what we call wellness. Wellness is something of a buzzword these days, touted and tossed about in pop culture and in many different fields. It has been described by Dr. Bill Hettler, co-founder and president of the board of directors of the National Wellness Institute, as a…

The World is Your Oyster

On a recent afternoon, I found myself sitting at Driftwood Kitchen’s open-air dining room overlooking the blue Pacific Ocean. My companion on that blissfully warm day was my dear friend, Tae, who was visiting from New York. The two of us had first met in Manhattan as aspiring writers with a passion for the burgeoning epicurean world. Back then–nearly a…

SeaChange Summer Party Celebrates Nine!

Nearly 400 guests gathered at a private, ocean-view estate in Laguna Beach to party for ocean conservation. With the likes of Ted Danson, Sam Waterston, Jeff Goldblum and honoree Seth MacFarlane attending, oodles of tempting auction items and a banquet of delicious food, it was a night to cherish!

Tebow a Treat!

Free Wheelchair Mission's "Miracle of Mobility" gala with hundreds attending at the Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall featured a dinner reception and silent auction in the lobby and presentation by guest speaker Tim Tebow in the concert hall. Funds raised provide wheelchairs to people with disabilities in developing nations.

November 2016 Around Town

Newport Beach native Agnes Su, who now dances with Stuttgart Ballet, got her start at Southland Ballet Academy, the dance company affiliated with Festival Ballet Theatre. Recently, FBT held an exceptional night of dance at the Irvine Barclay Theatre at its ninth annual Gala of the Stars, where Su was showcased in the West Coast premiere of a John Cranko…

A Philanthropy Match Made in Heaven!

Elizabeth and Tom Tierney strongly agree that any positive contributions they have made to their family and the community have been a direct result of them creating it together. “We’ve been in escrow a long time,” Tom quips, regarding the couple’s 38-year marriage.

Last Woman Standing

“I can’t believe I’m 94,” Ruth Ann Segerstrom Moriarty says, as she reflects upon her life. Ruth Ann’s father, Anton Segerstrom, was one of 11 children that Charles John (C.J.) and Bertha Segerstrom brought into the world. Anton Segerstrom married Ruth Thomas, a native of Indianapolis, Indiana in 1920. They had two children: Ruth Ann, born in 1922, and her…

Jane Lynch Hosts and Performs at Pageant

Popular actress/comedian Jane Lynch entertained at the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters Celebrity Benefit for 3,000 guests and hosted the critically acclaimed Pageant production themed "Partners." A contingent of stars walked the red carpet as an added highlight, and funds raised benefited the facility's Building Fund.