The Guilds of Segerstrom Center’s ‘All That Jazz Casino Night’ Raises $320,000 in Support of Education and Community Initiatives

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Manna Kadar, Sohrab Tavakoli, Parisa Fischback, Jaime & Steve Hong

The Guilds of Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the oldest and largest of the Center support groups, hosted their annual fundraiser on Friday, May 3, 2024, at the Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa.

The event raised over $320,000 to support the Center’s Education and Community Engagement programs throughout Orange County.

“All That Jazz Casino Night” was a celebratory evening of appetizers by the lake, dinner in the ballroom, poker tournaments, and gaming to benefit Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The event kicked off with a picturesque lakeside reception, where guests mingled under the starlit sky, enjoying delectable appetizers and refreshing beverages amidst the serene ambiance.

Guests then made their way to the grand ballroom, transformed into a scene reminiscent of the roaring Twenties, complete with dazzling décor and live jazz performances that filled the air with an infectious energy.

A gourmet dinner was served as the Guilds took the opportunity to honor individuals and organizations whose unwavering dedication has made a profound impact on the arts community.

All honorees and presenters (with the exception of Ave of Arts Hotel) are Guilds members. Wincome Hospitality and Avenue of the Arts Hotel are generous supporters of Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

Award Presentation to Lisa Bhathal-Merage and Marta Bhathal. Accepting for Marta, Betty Huang. Vanessa Moore on Left

This year they recognized Guilds Honorees Marta Bhathal and Lisa Bhathal Merage. Marta Bhathal, business leader and passionate philanthropist, has been a generous supporter of Segerstrom Center for the Arts for more than 30 years. Her daughter, Lisa Bhathal Merage, is an entrepreneur and community leader who represents the next generation of arts advocates.

Eileen Cirillio accepting The Guilds Inspiration Award

Eileen J. Cirillo received the Guilds Inspiration Award and Wincome Hospitality was presented the Guilds Philanthropic Business Award. Eileen J. Cirillo, Guilds member and a founder of Studio D: Arts School for All Abilities, has been a strong supporter of the Center since 1986, and works closely with its education department as an active volunteer and docent.

Kevin Schjei, GM Wincome/Ave of the Arts, Jane Yada, George Wall, Saurav Biswas, Asst GM

The highlight of the evening was undoubtedly the spirited poker tournament and gaming tables, where attendees tested their luck and skill, all in the name of supporting the arts. Laughter and excitement filled the room as participants vied for coveted prizes, adding an element of friendly competition to the festivities.

Raising $320,000 through the “All That Jazz Casino Night” fundraiser represents a significant milestone with a far-reaching impact. The funds raised will support initiatives aimed at making arts education more accessible to individuals of all ages and backgrounds across Orange County.

With increased financial resources, the Center can also broaden its outreach efforts and engage with a more diverse range of communities.

For more information, visit www.SCFTA.org.

Blackjack dealer, Brett Lawrence, Devin Dick, Aria Lawrence, Vanessa Moore
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