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Benefit: Pelican Hill Hosts Orangewood Foundation’s 44 Women Luncheon

 There was laughter and a few tears at the Orangewood Foundation’s 44 Women for Orangewood auxiliary luncheon, held June 10 at The Resort at Pelican Hill. Nearly 300 women (and a handful of men) attended the luncheon to raise money for scholarships so that local foster teens can...

Benefit: Dining as Art at OCMA’s “Art of Dining” Gala

Dining has truly become an art form—chefs have turned into culinary artists whose canvas is an empty plate waiting to be filled with gastronomic delights. It’s fitting that the Orange County Museum of Art’s annual fundraiser is dubbed Art of Dining, because it successfully...

Benefit: Dazzling Philharmonic Gala Features Yo-Yo Ma Concert

It was a dazzling evening of fabulous cuisine and spectacular music as The Philharmonic Society of Orange County presented its 2016 benefit gala featuring multi-Grammy Award-winning artist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott on Saturday, May 14, at Segerstrom Center for the Arts....

Pacific Symphony Gala Guests Spend a Night in Tahiti

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy The Pacific Symphony has performed concerts in countries around the world, but this time it was symphony supporters who traveled to an exotic land during the Pacific Symphony’s 2016 gala, “Je t’aime Tahiti, Some Enchanted...

Benefit: Country Concert Benefits Olive Crest

Country musician and author Jimmy Wayne performed a sold-out concert for 320 guests at Downtown Disney’s House of Blues in Anaheim on Saturday, May 7, 2016, to benefit Olive Crest’s Project Independence program. Wayne’s performance included his hits, “Sara Smile,” “Do You Believe...

Benefit: Pink Tie Ball Raises $700K for Komen Orange County

An emotional tribute to a beloved wife and mother lost to breast cancer 12 years ago was the catalyst for an outpouring of both tears and donations at Susan G. Komen Orange County’s 10th annual Pink Tie Ball, held last weekend at AV Irvine. Father and son duo, Harald Herrmann and...

Benefit: Anti-Gala Nets $250K for Project Hope Alliance

Most nonprofit organizations hold an annual gala, but Project Hope Alliance, which is dedicated to ending the cycle of homelessness for Orange County children and families through innovative education and rapid rehousing programs, decided to go in a different direction several...

CASA Celebration of Children Gala Nets Record $1 Million

It was a dazzling, heartfelt and occasionally tear-inducing evening when Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) held its annual Celebration of Children: Black & White Ball on Saturday, April 16, at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Over 400 guests attended to support CASA’s...

Benefit: Alzheimer’s OC Gala Raises $378K

There were several exciting “firsts” at the annual Alzheimer’s Orange County’s “Creating Hope” gala, held March 18. Although the event was the organization’s 18th annual gala, it was the first since Alzheimer’s OC split from the national Alzheimer’s Association and became an...

Table for Ten Culinary Event Serves Donations for Charity

By Christopher Trela & Catherine Del Casale | NB Indy  One of the tastiest charity events in Orange County is the annual Table for Ten culinary experience, held this year at the at Laguna Cliffs Resort & Spa on March 6. This extravagant affair benefits two Orange County...

Pacific Coast Wine Fest Raises $350K for Music Programs

 Is there a more perfect pairing than music and wine? Not if you ask Pacific Symphony board chairman Mike Kerr, founder of the symphony’s annual Pacific Coast Wine Festival, which raises funds in support of the Pacific Symphony’s education and music programming. “With this year’s...

“Napa in Newport” Raises $700,000 for CureDuchenne

More than 400 guests gathered at the St. Regis Resort on Saturday, Feb. 27 to enjoy tastings from more than 40 top Napa Valley wineries and raise funds for CureDuchenne, a national nonprofit organization based in Newport Beach that is dedicated to finding a cure for Duchenne, the...

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...