Happy Holidays!

Always a joyous time of year, Christmas and the holidays bring smiles to just about everyone's faces. There are two holiday traditions that stand out every year that originated right here in Newport Beach–Hoag Hospital's "Christmas Carol Ball," this year celebrating its 50th year–and Women of Chapman's "Christmas at The Ritz" holiday soiree commemorating 30 years this year. Either benefit,…

‘Love in any Language’

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 Nets $1.1 Million for Science Education

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 British Invasion Rocks Laura’s House

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.

Advocacy to End Human Trafficking and Slavery

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.

American Idol Finalist Clark Beckham 
Featured at Mission Gala

American Idol finalist Clark Beckham rocked Mission San Juan Capistrano's Great Stone Church for 450 guests at the Mission Preservation Founation's "Romance of the Mission" gala. Longtime community partner, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, was honored for its commitment, as $236,000 was netted for Mission preservation. Photography Lisa Renee Photography

Honoring Our Fire and Lifeguard Personnel

Always a highlight, the 19th Annual Newport Beach Fire & Lifeguard Appreciation Dinner, held on the lawn in the Rose Garden at Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, drew 300 people to see the city's firefighters and lifeguards honored. 
A sumptuous buffet, live band and Balboa Bars drew raves.

CANstruction Competition Feeds the Hungry

CANstruction Orange County combined the fun of a design/build competition with an ingenious way to feed hungry people with architectural, engineering, planning and design teams creating phenomenal structures built of canned food. The exhibit was viewed at South Coast Plaza in September in conjunction with Festival of Children. PixelThat! Photography

‘What Dreams Are Made Of’

The Literacy Project's "What Dreams Are Made Of" gala at the Island Hotel honored TLP Founder Sue Grant, as she segued from running the organization to board chair, and Angels Baseball Chairman Dennis Kuhl for his volunteerism. 
Cindy Galardi Culpepper, CEO of Wienerschnitzel, presented a $50,000 check to TLP.

December 2016 Around Town

The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders held its second annual Hope & Help Gala, themed “Extraordinary Talent. Exceptional People,” at The Resort at Pelican Hill, raising $512,000 to benefit Center services. Pacific Symphony President Jon Forsyte was guest of honor for his dedication to bringing music to the autism community. He credited the Thompson Family Foundation for making the…

Holiday Happenings

Every year, around this time, when the cool night’s air hits my skin as I stroll down the boardwalk, I recall my earliest memory of Newport Beach: my first Corona del Mar bondfire. I remember the brilliant orange and yellow-hued fire as it danced against the wooden logs that crackled beneath. The embers floated into the ether. The charred caramel…

Festive Candy Cane Christmas Cake

Christmas is a time of traditions, old and new, and this spectacular Candy Cane Layer Cake is sure to become a new favorite annual addition to your holiday table! Snowy white peppermint cake layers are nestled between creamy white chocolate frosting, tinted festive red and green in the Christmas spirit. Decorated with crushed candy canes, this recipe can easily be…

A Holiday Tradition

The Fashionables, a support group for Chapman College (later Chapman University) was 15 years old in 1986 when President Mary Lou Hopkins Hornsby asked founding member Dori de Kruif to create a fundraiser to support the college. Up until that time, the group’s dues provided scholarships for Chapman students, but there was no other fundraising.

Enticements Await!

You may have attended a “tree-lighting” ceremony or two, but what about a “bay-lighting” ceremony? Newport Dunes’ 26th Annual “Lighting of the Bay” showcases the lighting of 50 Christmas trees that float around the bay. The three-day extravaganza kicks off on November 25th with live musical performances, Santa’s arrival and the Lighting of the Bay, followed by the family movie,…

Chapman University Inaugurates a New President

Chapman University welcomed its new president, Daniele C. Struppa, Ph.D., with all the pomp and pageantry of the academic tradition at an official inauguration ceremony before a capacity crowd of 1,044 at the Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts on September 30.

Keeping a Promise: 50 Years and Counting

Fifty years seems like a long time. Looking back at highlights from 1966 brings perspective. It was the year that cigarette manufacturers were required to print the warning, "Caution: Cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your health," on every pack. Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence” rose to #1 on Billboard charts; the first operational weather satellite was launched; 215,000…

Holidays in London

London is one of the few cities in the world where cold, snow and sleet actually enhance your visit. The city is never as atmospheric (and uncrowded) as it is around the holidays.

‘Red Carpet’

If you are planning a trip this fall or winter, and you happen to be a foody and a motorcar fan, we highly recommend that you visit Modena, Italy. This northern Italian town, known for being the homeland of delicious Lambrusco grapes, parmigiana reggiano cheese and authentic (no alcohol added or infused) balsamic vinegar, is also the town of two…

The Best Holiday Gift Of All Is Giving Back

Last time I checked, I have every cooking gadget known to man, shelves of cookbooks and travel guides, biographies and DVD’s galore. I don’t need anything except a million dollars–now that would be really cool! But, as the holidays approach and I have taken care of our important family members, my attention turns to others. I focus on these two…