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Benefit: Hoag Christmas Carol Ball Sets Fundraising Record

Hoag Hospital ushered in the holiday season on December 12 with its 49th annual Christmas Carol Ball, held at the St. Regis Resort Monarch Beach. More than 650 guests attended the black tie event, which raised a record $1.5 million in support of the Hoag Promise Campaign, a $627...

Benefit: Friends of CASA Set Record at Holiday Luncheon

Friends of CASA, a fundraising auxiliary of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), hosted its 2015 Holiday Luncheon on Dec. 10, 2015 at The St. Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point. The Luncheon and Fashion Show smashed all previous records and budget expectations, netting more...

Benefit: Candlelight Concert Glows Bright for Segerstrom Center

In 1974, several hundred Orange County arts supporters held an event to raise money for a major performing arts center. The inaugural fundraiser, which featured dinner and a concert, was held in a vacant Kresge five-and-dime store that was transformed into an elegant ballroom...

Benefit: 30th Annual Philanthropy Day Luncheon

Orange County’s top philanthropists, business leaders and individuals were honored at the 30th Annual National Philanthropy Day Orange County Awards Luncheon, held on Thursday, November 19, at Hotel Irvine. Attended by 820 guests and hosted by the Association of Fundraising...

Benefit: Crystal Cove Alliance Hosts Gala by Moonlight

As the sun set on Saturday, Sept. 26, more than 400 guests gathered on a bluff overlooking Crystal Cove to celebrate the Crystal Cove Alliance’s 13th annual Moonlight Gala, presented by The Resort at Pelican Hill. After an al fresco cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres provided by...

Benefit: Newport Philanthropists Honored at Discovery Cube Gala

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  Science and the Silver Screen joined forces on Sept. 26 for Discovery Cube Orange County’s glamorous Hollywood-themed gala, “Premiere – A Red Carpet Affair,” held inside the interactive science center in Santa Ana. The...

Benefit: Stars and Stripes Fishing Tournament Reels In $2.8 Million for Children’s Charities

Some people like fishing for compliments, but the organizers of the 19th annual Stars and Stripes fishing, golf and music fundraiser held in Los Cabos, Mexico, were fishing for funds to support five Orange County-based charities. This year, more than 600 people attended the...

Benefit: OC Museum of Art Serves “Art of Dining” Gala

The Orange County Museum of Art unveiled a tasty masterpiece on May 30 when 350 supporters enjoyed Art of Dining 2015, the museum’s most important fundraiser and one of Orange County’s more sought-after social events. Presented by Louis Vuitton, this year’s...

Benefit: Life’s a Beach as Pacific Symphony Gala Raises Record $1.6 Million

Orange County was a different place in 1990. The population was 2.4 million, the county’s various arts organizations were still considered in their infancy, and a young conductor named Carl St.Clair was hired by the Pacific Symphony to be its new conductor and music director....

United Cerebral Palsy Gala Nets $518K

United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County held its annual “Life Without Limits” black tie gala on April 25 at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach. Over 400 guests showed their support of UCP-OC by helping to raise $518,000 for the nonprofit that provides a range of vital programs...

Benefit: CHOC Children’s Benefit Party at Port Theatre

Jointly celebrating CHOC Children’s and the unveiling of a clothing line, the Carol Rachelle Boutique in collaboration with a new CHOC Children’s Guild, hosted The Carol Rachelle Benefit for CHOC. The event “An Evening of Music, Champagne, & Fashion,” took place on...

Benefit: “iheartoc Giving Day” Raises $1.8 Million for Local Charities

The Newport Beach-based Orange County Community Foundation raised $1,813,460 for Orange County nonprofits during iheartoc Giving Day, the inaugural county-wide day of giving held from 6 a.m. Tuesday, April 21 through noon Wednesday, April 22. The goal was to inspire members of...

Benefit: CHOC Follies raises over $650,000 for CHOC Children’s

It’s become an institution in Orange County, and it’s raised millions of dollars for charity. It’s CHOC Follies, which last month presented its 18th annual production, this year titled “CHOCAGO, An Orange County Vaudeville of Guys, Dames and Debutantes!” Over the past 18 years,...

Benefit: Olive Crest Gala Goes Nautical at Balboa Pavilion

Olive Crest’s nautically-themed fundraiser at the Balboa Pavilion in Newport Beach on April 18 was a heartwarming affair that garnered more than $250,000 to benefit its Project Independence program for at-risk youth and young adults. The program’s message was brought home at the...

Benefit: CASA Black & White Ball Nets $1 Million

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Court Appointed Special Advocates (also known as CASA) is celebrating 30 years of advocating for abused and neglected children going through the court system. As part of that celebration CASA held its annual Celebration of...

Benefit: ‘Table for 10’ Shines a Light on Illumination Foundation

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy One of the most anticipated charity events of the year is the annual “Table for 10” culinary extravaganza that benefits Illumination Foundation, whose mission is to provide targeted, interdisciplinary services for the most...
Posted On 03 Apr 2015

Benefit: Pacific Coast Wine Festival Nets 200K for Pacific Symphony

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy Music and wine are a perfect pairing, as evidenced by the 8th annual Pacific Coast Wine Festival that raised $200,000 for the Pacific Symphony artistic and education programs. Held last weekend at the Island Hotel in...

Benefit: Napa in Newport Raises $680K for CureDuchenne

Nearly 300 guests enjoyed the fun and flavor of Napa Valley wineries on Feb. 28 as they gathered at the Balboa Bay Resort with a common goal of saving the lives of thousands of boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The Napa in Newport Wine Auction raised more than $680,000 to...

Benefit: Hoag Hospital Raises $850K at Christmas Carol Ball

More than 500 guests joined event chairs Tracy and Roger Kirwan at the St. Regis Resort, Monarch Beach last month to celebrate the Hoag Hospital Foundation’s 48th Annual Christmas Carol Ball. A tradition since 1966, the event raised $850,000 for Hoag to support a variety of needs...

Benefit: Laguna Playhouse Hosts ‘A Night at Cocoanut Grove’

Laguna Playhouse went back in time for its annual Gala last month, which pleased supporters so much that the gala brought in a record $196,500. Dubbed “A Night at the Cocoanut Grove,” the Big Band Gala was held at the Island Hotel in Fashion Island and chaired by Michelle...