Gala Nets $110K for Pacific Chorale

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By Lynn Selich | Society Editor


Following Pacific Chorale’s recent annual “’Tis the Season!” holiday concert at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 200 guests crossed the Arts Plaza to continue the festivities at “A Dickens Feast,” the Chorale’s annual gala fundraising dinner at The Center Club.

To kick off the celebration, event chair Valerie Imhof invited the inimitable Carver Cossey to lead a hilarious competitive sing-along of “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” with each table encouraged to out-sing their neighbors when the song mentioned their assigned gift. (The “five gold rings” table was ultimately judged the most enthusiastic.)

In attendance: Imhof and husband, Hans; Chorale Artistic Director John Alexander, President and CEO Kelly Ruggirello and Board Chairman Martin Hubbard and wife, Margie; Mary and Phil Lyons; Lori and John Loftus; Warren Coy; Kimberly and Robert Bernatz; Margaret Gates; Bill Gillespie; Janice Johnson; Maralou and Jerry Harrington; Elaine and Hunter Keck; Jan Landstrom; Darrellyn and David Melilli; Stephanie and Mark Nielsen; Mary and Pete Tennyson; Gail and John Ueberroth; and Tom and Vina Williams Slattery.

“A Dickens Feast” netted $110,000 to support Pacific Chorale’s award-winning education and community programs. Generous underwriting commitments will allow nearly all proceeds from the dinner to go directly toward enhancing the Chorale’s mission to enrich and educate communities through choral music.





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