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Loggins by candlelight at Center fund-raiser

December 12, 2002

A 1959 Cadillac convertible, white with red leather seats, top

down, greeted patrons of the 2002 Candlelight Concert at the front

door of the Orange County Performing Arts Center. It was nothing less

than a kitsch interpretation of Santa's sleigh.

Many in the arriving crush of some 500 major donors to the Center

posed for a photograph in front of the sleigh before entering for a

dazzling evening.

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Candlelight Concert, now 29 years running, is a tradition started

by founding patron Tom Moon in a empty Kresge store in a mall, where

patrons were served a spaghetti dinner. Some in the glittering

black-tie crowd remembered the simpler times, while others could not

even imagine the way it used to be.

Chaired by the very lovely and talented Marsha Anderson, attending

the gala dressed in a spectacular French couture gown on the arm of

her dashing husband, Darrel Anderson, the Candlelight Concert was

considered by many to be the best event of the year on the Orange

Coast.

Anderson and co-chair Elizabeth Tierney, who will rise to the task

of chairmanship in 2003, placed a major emphasis on fun this season,

taking what has in recent memory been a very glamorous evening and

adding a number of ingredients to make the party swing.

The evening began with the customary cocktail reception on the

second tier of the Center foyer with creative holiday decorations

putting everyone in the proper mood to mingle.

Patrons Pat and Richard Allen, Roberta and Howard Ahmanson,

Barbara and Alex Bowie, Karen and Michael Carroll, Sally and Randy

Crockett, Eleanor and Michael Gordon, Ninetta and Gavin Herbert, Dr.

Howard House and Elizabeth Colyear Vincent, Jeri and Danny McKenna

and Irene and William Mathews shared holiday cheer.

As the Center bells chimed, the dedicated ushers in their burgundy

blazers opened the doors for the patrons to be seated in Segerstrom

Hall and partake in a private concert delivered by singer/songwriter

Kenny Loggins and his band.

Loggins began his career with former partner Jim Messina and

rocketed to fame in the early 1970s with hits that included "Love

Song" and "Your Momma Don't Dance." Loggins struck out on his own in

1976, recording such songs as "Footloose," "Whenever I Call You

Friend," and "Heart To Heart."

Loggins and his band rocked Segerstrom Hall with these and other

songs familiar to most of the audience. By the end of the very

personal hour-and-a-quarter concert, Loggins had many of the patrons

dancing in their seats.

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