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Honoree Julian Movsesian, with his wife, Aleen, addresses the crowd at the 48th Annual Gourment Dinner for Big Brothers Big Sisters of OC. The event raised more than a half-million dollars for the BBBS programs.

The 48th Annual Gourmet Dinner drew 470 guests to Balboa Bay Club & Resort to help Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County raise more than $520,000 to support their mentoring programs.

Long time supporter, and honoree, Julian Movsesian, CEO of Succession Capital Alliance, received the Joel K. Rubenstein award in front of a crowd made up of the who’s-who of Orange County.

The crowd at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort.

Among the local and national supporters of the gala, Auction.com was the presenting sponsor, with Pacific Life, Farmers & Merchants Bank and the Albert J. Crosson Family, each coming in as a title sponsor.

The black-tie gala, which has come to be known as the “premier networking event in Orange County,” began with a reception featuring cocktail tastings and a selection of hand-rolled cigars for guests to enjoy.

Guests were captivated by Big Brother Richard Tripp and the story of his Little Brother, Julio, who as overcome the obstacles of cerebral palsy and grown into a successful high school junior. Having just received a $30,000 college scholarship with the help of his Big Brother, Julio took to the stage for a few moments to thank Richard and all who contribute to the organization that has allowed him to excel, and was honored with a standing ovation from the crowd.

Led by a belief that there is nothing more important than providing children the environment needed to live safe and fruitful lives, Movsesian is committed to his involvement with many Orange County youth organizations. For more than 10 years, he has generously provided both personal and corporate donations to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County to address the needs of children facing adversity, and allow them to enhance their productive lives. In addition to financial support, Movsesian has served an integral role as a dedicated member of the Gourmet Dinner Committee.

Proceeds of the 48th Annual Gourmet Dinner will support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County’s one-to-one mentoring programs for children in our community who are facing adversity, by providing them with strong and enduring, professionally-supported relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

– Special to the Indy from OCSocialScene.com

Event Chairman, Rudy J. Baldoni, CEO, Newport Investment Associates; Michael Bell, EVP Life Insurance Division, Pacific Life; James Corrum, president, Auction.com; Event Chairman, Rob Friedman, chairman, Auction.com; Henry Walker, president, Farmers & Merchants Bank; Tim Crosson, Albert J. Crosson Family; Keith Rhodes, CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County.

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