$167,000 to support The Orangewood Children's Foundation.
The invited crowd actually contributed between $5,000 and $25,000
per couple, arriving in black tie and ushered to the party via
limousine. A magnificent tent was erected on the lawn facing the
Pacific Ocean. It was adorned with twinkling white holiday lights,
draped with white organza fabric and overflowing with an abundance of
crimson red roses.
Cocktails were served at sunset, followed by a catered dinner
served by Susan Samueli's cherished Sun-dried Tomato Cafe.
The first course featured a chopped baby green salad and
pan-seared sea bass. The main course was a filet of beef accompanied
by a grilled vegetable stack. And for dessert, a flowerless chocolate
cake with raspberry confit delighted the exclusive gathering.
As after-dinner drinks were served, Cole made her entrance in an
elegant silver-beaded top over a floor-length silk skirt and sang her
emotional heart out.
The repertoire included selections from her album "Snowfall on the
Sahara," as well as from her latest release, "Ask a Woman Who Knows."
Cole also preformed jazz standards made world famous by artists
including Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington and, of course, her own
beloved father, the late Nat King Cole. She ended the set with "This
Will Be an Everlasting Love," receiving a standing ovation from her
The magical evening was produced by Orangewood Foundation board
members Cindy Dillion, Frank Foster, John Hagestad, General William
Lyon, Jim McNamara, Pat Poss and led by hostess and event chair Susan
The 100 guests comprised a formidable list of Orange Coast power.
International businessman Peter Ueberroth was in the crowd, as was
Ken Potalivo, president of Northern Trust; Paul Musco, chairman and
CEO of Gemini Industries; and the philanthropic Paul Folino, chairman
and CEO of Emulex.
Folino serves as chairman of the board of the Orange County
Performing Arts Center. The South Coast Repertory Theatre complex has
been named in his honor.
Also in the crowd were prominent Orangewood supporters Doug and
Sandi Jackson, Marvin and Sherri Winkler, Vahid and Regina Manian,
John Stratman, Dale and Ted Bremmer, Bob and Suzy Barth, Suzanne and
Peter Desforges and Joan Irvine Smith, enjoying the evening with her
dynamic daughter-in-law Madeline Swinden.
Martin Hubbard, executive director of Opera Pacific, another of
the Samueli charities of choice, also attended the gathering, along
with U.S. Representatives Loretta Sanchez and Christopher Cox.
Sheriff Michael Corona and County Supervisor Tom Wilson also graced
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