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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...

Benefit: The Tradition Continues for Christmas at the Ritz

For 27 years, the Women of Chapman support group of Chapman University held its annual Christmas at the Ritz fundraiser luuncheon at the Ritz Restaurant in Fashion Island. Because The Ritz closed its doors earlier this year, Women of Chapman had to find a new venue for th...

Benefit: Dazzling Candlelight Concert Raises $1.9 Million for Segerstrom Center

Four decades ago, an event dubbed the Candlelight Concert was held to raise money to build a major performing arts center in Orange County. The event was held in a vacant Kresge five-and-dime store that was transformed into an elegant ballroom with the use of candles. Several...

Benefit: Girl Scouts Gala Nets $270K for Leadership Program

Nearly 350 guests came together to recognize six extraordinary local female leaders, all Girl Scouts alumnae, and raise over $270,000 for Girl Scouts of Orange County at its Fifth Annual Celebrate Leadership event on November 7 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. Each honoree...

Benefit: Big Brothers Big Sisters Raises $900K at Balboa Bay Resort Gala

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County celebrated its 50th Annual “Gourmet Dinner” black-tie gala on October 23 at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach with more than 450 of Southern California’s top business and community leaders, who helped to raise over $900,000 to...

Benefit: Newport Beach Auxiliary Angelitos de Oro Raises 300K for Charity

With the sole purpose of raising funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County’s “High School Bigs” mentoring program, Angelitos de Oro, a Newport Beach-based volunteer women’s auxiliary group, raised $300,000 for the nonprofit during its 13th annual Angelitos Card fashion...

Benefit: Ronald McDonald House Hosts Tea and Fashion

By Christopher Trela & Sonali Lodhia | NB Indy Tea and Fashion were in the spotlight last month when more than 400 people attended the 25th annual High Tea & Fashion Show on Oct. 24, produced by Orange County Ronald McDonald House at the Balboa Bay Resort. Orange County...

Benefit for Newport Tennis Pro Nets $25,000

Christopher Burkhardt | Special to the NB Indy The Palisades Tennis Club of Newport Beach held a fundraiser last weekend for one of its own. Renowned pro tennis stringer Greg “Homer” Lauter recently underwent a splenectomy at Hoag Hospital after a tennis-related...

Benefit: Signature Chefs Auction Raises $265K for March of Dimes

More than a dozen of Orange County’s top chefs participated in the 2014 March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction at The Westin South Coast Plaza, which raised $265,000 to benefit education, research and advocacy programs designed to ensure all babies receive a healthy start in...

Benefit: Pacific Symphony Celebrates Maestro Carl St.Clair’s 25th Anniversary Season

Pacific Symphony’s season opening concerts are always a special occasion, but this year’s season opener was extra special: it heralded Maestro Carl St.Clair’s 25th Anniversary season as music director and conductor of the Pacific Symphony. I first met St.Clair more than 20 years...