It’s Romance Month!

Yes, Valentine's Day is upon us. However you celebrate it, I hope it is with remembering someone very special in your life. We not only recognize our romantic counterparts but also those people in our lives who we love very much–our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, godchildren, and so on. It's pretty expensive buying a card for everyone, but…

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.

February 2018 Around Town

 Debut of Book Detailing South Coast Plaza’s 50 Years  South Coast Plaza, a limited-edition art book by Assouline, is a retrospective that celebrates South Coast Plaza’s 50 years and traces the heritage and transformation of the incredible landmark into an unparalleled commercial and cultural icon. The beautiful book details how the Segerstrom family created a world-wide shopping destination from humble…

Cross Canada Train Journey – Destination and Hotel Gulde

Canada just celebrated its 150th anniversary, and our northern neighbor saw an influx in visitors from all parts of the globe to every corner of their expansive country. Canada has much to offer and each region of the country is so diverse and different from one another. From majestic natural landscapes to skyscrapers in bustling cities, an incredible way to…

Incredibly Sweet Indulgences

As we approach Valentine’s week and all things delicious, I am pleased to share with you some of the best homemade sweets available locally. These three entrepreneurs are “best of class” in confections and baking. I know each one of them personally, which makes this extra-sweet.

Enjoy an Island Getaway Here in Your Own Backyard!

Straight from the sandy shores of the Pacific Islands to our own backyard here in Orange County, Irvine Barclay Theatre is bringing an abundance of ‘Aloha’ to SoCal in 2018 with the finest in live Hawaiian music. Performances by Hawaii’s most acclaimed artists, both traditional and contemporary, are a perfect opportunity to experience a mini tropical getaway and a memorable evening…

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

How to Win in any Real Estate Market

We all want to find a deal. As the real estate market continues its historic climb, Newport buyers and sellers wonder whether the time is right for them to make a move. Sellers may be tempted to overprice their property, while buyers may hope to find a bargain based on inaccurate online estimates. Navigating this market successfully takes skill.

A Life Driven by the Passion for Building

Hilton Builders was created from the passion and love of a couple, Patricia and Dan Hilton. Once you meet them, you get to understand the main ingredients for their success. Love and passion for a job well done, unsurpassed attention to detail, professionalism, exquisite taste, and innovation are some of those ingredients.

Pro Currency and iPro Network

The ascent of Bitcoin into the financial mainstream has brought a new asset class known as cryptocurrencies into the spotlight. They enable both commerce and trade through the implementation of advanced blockchain technology. This versatility fosters different views with respect to their classification as either commodities or currencies.

Panther Pride is Alive and Well!

Well-launched careers, memories and lifelong friendships aren’t the only lasting treasures Chapman alumni come away with when they graduate. Many also find wedded bliss.

Destined to be Together

Who would imagine that a part-time job wrapping Christmas presents at the Robert Hall Clothes store in Santa Ana would be the place where Wylie Aitken would meet Bette Robb? With Wylie a freshman at Santa Ana College (SAC) and Bette a senior at Bolsa Grande High School in Huntington Beach, the spark was lit.

“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

Busboy to Executive Chef: Kevin Meyer Dishes Up Exceptional Cuisine for a Worthy Cause

Few of us are fortunate enough to have our career destiny manifested at a young age. This is true of Kevin Meyer, the Executive Chef at Tanner's restaurant at the Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach.