Let’s Celebrate Mothers!

It is time to celebrate mothers, as Mother's Day on May14th is the day set aside to do so. My mother passed on 12 years ago, and I cherish all the wonderful, loving memories she gave me throughout my life. Our Mother's Day story in this issue features Isabelle Villaseñor, whose mother demonstrated unconditional love her entire life and gave…

Table for 10’s Culinary Extravaganza Delivers!

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

‘Fiddlin’ Around in Ragtime’

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 35th Annual Art Auction

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 Shines!

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.

OCSA’s 30th Anniversary Gala Dazzles!

"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.

American Ballet Theatre’s World Premiere of “Whipped Cream” at Segerstrom Center

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

May 2017 Around Town

In homage to visionary philanthropist and retailing legend Henry Segerstrom, the documentary film, “Henry Segerstrom: Imagining the Future,” was premiered for an impressive cadre of 300 guests at the Directors Guild of America’s New York Theater recently. Following the private screening, Cartier pages ushered guests to a champagne dinner at the Weill Terrace Room, Carnegie Hall, with featured remarks by…

Skinny Sweets for Mom

cIn homage to visionary philanthropist and retailing legend Henry Segerstrom, the documentary film, “Henry Segerstrom: Imagining the Future,” was premiered for an impressive cadre of 300 guests at the Directors Guild of America’s New York Theater recently. Following the private screening, Cartier pages ushered guests to a champagne dinner at the Weill Terrace Room, Carnegie Hall, with featured remarks by…

Friends Unite to Fight Cancer

Defining moments in one’s life can come at any time. For Ken Ketner, a long-time Newport Beach resident and businessman, his defining moment began years ago when he was a young child. “I suffered a debilitating bone disease and my parents had limited resources, so they turned to Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles for help. The care I got was…

A Mother’s Story

It turns out that Isabelle was introduced to McDonalds in 1967, when at age 21 she married Pat Smith, who with his parents eventually owned and operated stores in Artesia and San Clemente. After Dolorys and Jack Smith passed away by 1976, Pat and Isabelle opened a store in San Juan Capistrano, later selling it before an amicable divorce in…

A Winning Vision

“I was a one-man band,” Sam Goldstein says of launching Art of Dining for the Newport Harbor Art Museum (now known as Orange County Museum of Art), in 1987. “I was on the museum’s acquisition committee, and we needed money to buy art, so I established a fundraiser that would divide the proceeds between acquiring art and the operating fund,”…

The “New” New York

I was born in Manhattan and my mother, a native Californian, logged more than four decades in New York. So, it was with great curiosity that we, together with my 10-year-old daughter, decided to explore a downtown neighborhood located at the narrow tip of the island that spans from the East River to the Hudson River. Locals have started referring…

Hurray For Me…Another Mother’s Day!

Historically, celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele. While versions of Mother’s Day are celebrated throughout the world, traditions vary depending on the country. In Thailand, for example, Mother’s Day is celebrated in August on the birthday of the current…

New Beginnings

Crunch! The grilled bread crackles between my teeth. The toast’s charred exterior gives way to a springy sourdough center. Served beside it are succulent pieces of uni bursting with the essence of Santa Barbara’s salty ocean waters. For this starter, each diner is in charge of constructing his or her perfect bite. We take turns slathering the scorching hot bone…

A Circle of Love

It takes a village–and, in this case, a large circle of wonderful friends. That is how it all began 30 years ago. Circle 1000 is a philanthropic endeavor benefiting the Hoag Family Cancer Institute. The program was first developed to raise awareness and help the Hoag Family Cancer Center Institute to flourish. The inspiration behind the impactful program is Newport…