October 2018

Katherine McPhee Wows Ocean Loving Audience

Oceana’s 11th SeaChange Summer Party drew a sold-out contingent of 400 guests to a private Laguna Beach villa overlooking the Pacific Ocean, where singer/songwriter/actress Katherine McPhee entertained. A superb dinner and over-the-top silent and live auctions were highlights, and more than $1 million was netted for local ocean conservation efforts. Chair Emeriti and ocean conservation … Continued

Smooth Jazz at its Best!

The 20th Annual Eric Marienthal & Friends Concert at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach drew a sold-out crowd of 1,000+ jazz-loving guests to benefit the High Hopes Brain Injury Program. Marienthal entertained along with special guests Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band and Johnny Mathis. Funds raised were designated to helping individual’s recover from traumatic brain … Continued

Miracle of Mobility Gala Nets $1.63 Million!

Funding more than 20,000 free wheelchairs was the result of netting $1.63 million at Free Wheelchair Mission’s 15th Annual Miracle of Mobility Gala held at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Keynote speaker Swati Dlamini Mandela, granddaughter of Nelson Mandela, lauded FWM’s efforts, which has  provided more than 1 million wheelchairs to those with disabilities in … Continued

“Bring on the Rhythm” Gala Delights

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County’s annual gala showcased students performing from Travis Ranch Middle School’s Advanced Orchestra, who have been helped by PSOC’s “Strike Up the Band” program. Held at Samueli Theater, 100 guests enjoyed a superb dinner, bidding on eight tempting live auction items and dancing to the pulsating rhythms of Project M. … Continued

Scholarship Luncheon a Heartwarming Affair

44 Women for Orangewood’s 14th Annual Scholarship Luncheon attracted 300 guests to the Fashion Island Hotel, where former Orangewood foster youth and scholarship recipient Orlando spoke about his success earning bachelor’s and masters degrees, ultimately also helping his sister Desiree. Youth advocate and best-selling author Steve Pemberton touched hearts telling his journey through the foster care … Continued

Gala Proceeds Cap Space Redesign Project

More than 400 physicians, philanthropists and community supporters attended Saddleback Memorial Foundation’s Spring Gala held at Monarch Beach Resort. An impressive $285,000 was netted for I’Magine, the space redesign project for MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center, bringing the three-year total to $8.25 million, surpassing the $7 million goal for the $16 million project. Photography Paul Gero