Romance is in the Air!

I always like February and the celebration of Valentine's Day. I know there are criticisms of it becoming too commercialized, but I still like it. I know it helps that I'm married to a wonderful man (for 48 years, I might add) and through the years we've celebrated Valentine's Day in any manner of ways. After all is said and…

St. Joseph Hospital Gala Funds Behavioral Health Services

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.

SeniorServ’s Senior Care Hero Awards Gala

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

Share Our Selves’ 26th Annual Celebrity Chef Dinner

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.

Providence Speech & Hearing Center Gala Magical!

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!

True Sioux Hope Inaugural Gala

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 Honors Late Founder

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

February 2017 Around Town

Crystal Cove celebrated its 20th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Winter Family Festival in early December featuring a visit from Santa, carolers and fun for the entire family. The only coastal beach holiday tree display in California is quite the honor. The hundreds that attended also enjoyed a seasonal bazaar featuring handcrafted treasures by local residents and artists, as well…

It’s Bigger Than Just Us

I used to think that watching people riding atop elephants looked like great fun. I once saw an elephant painting with his trunk and was astounded at his dexterity. But then I became involved in a philanthropic project with local chef Pascal Olhats and I had to wrap my head around a whole new way of thinking. What we may…

A Perfect Romance!

The year was 1962 and Susan Wright, a sophomore at UCLA, was attending a Halloween party at the Newman Club, a Catholic center on campus. Tim Strader, a third-year law student at the university, appeared with some of his buddies, and as he remembers.

Passion Projects

Valentine’s Day is one of those looming holidays. There’s so much pressure to secure a prime reservation. Steaks, oysters, Champagne, and chocolate all seem like the perfect recipe for a decadent evening, but there are so many more interesting ways to share your love through food. For Orange County connoisseurs, we are blessed with an abundance of great restaurants. Instead…

One Hundred Years of Girls Selling Cookies

Waiting eagerly outside your local grocery, or strolling through your neighborhood, red wagons in tow, it’s Girl Scout Cookie season, and our local scouts are looking forward to selling these toothsome treats. This year, more than 1 million Girl Scouts will gain valuable life and business experience through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, and 50 million households will purchase their…

Table for 10 Raises Funds for Nonprofits Annually

Table for 10, orchestrated annually by KM Productions for deserving nonprofits, held its 10th annual culinary spectacular for a sold-out crowd of 300 at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa in Dana Point on March 6, 2016. Vocational Visions and The Teen Project were the recipients of the $300,000 netted for the fundraiser.

The Legacy of Our Parents and What Is In-Between

We grow up with great expectations and a tendency to fantasize about our future. Soon enough, the brutal interference of our own experiences changes our perspective, polishes our personality and defines a new course for our life. Erich Meltvedt, CEO of Costa Mesa-based Integrity Media Corp, was born and raised in Hollywood. Erich is the son of Dick Meltvedt, a…

February: The Month of the Heart

The heart is often referred to as the symbol of love. While love is vital to a fulfilling life, a healthy heart is crucial to it. A healthy heart functions without us having to even think about it. It beats about 100,000 times per day and pumps 1.5 gallons of blood through the body per minute. The more in shape…

Glide on the Open Road

The 2016 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra leaves no stone unturned when it comes to an all-inclusive cruising bike. It was built for touring and that's exactly what it excels in. Fully loaded with copious storage compartments, hard-case saddlebags, trunk and luggage rack, the Road Glide Ultra is conscious when it comes to functionality and style.

Romantic Rendezvous!

It’s that wonderful time of the year when romance blossoms, boxes of fine chocolates abound and restaurant reservations are in full swing. However, for me, romance is all about three things: being with the person I love, discovering a unique setting to enjoy some alone time, and making it all a big surprise.

What’s Cooking: A Chocolate Surprise for Your Sweetheart

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to spoil your sweetie with a sweet dessert! Nothing says “Love” like a delicious homemade treat. This recipe tastes decadent and difficult, but it is incredibly easy, so even non-cooks can quickly impress a special love. These romantic red velvet cupcakes are filled with a sweet surprise: a creamy chocolate filling!