The Children's Bureau is a child welfare agency -- the oldest in
Southern California -- opened about 100 years ago in Los Angeles. For
most of the 20th century, it was primarily an adoption agency.
Societal changes have necessitated a shift toward child welfare,
abuse protection and social services beyond placement.
Donna Crean brought the agency to Orange County some decade ago,
and the upcoming clambake -- set for June 11 at the Hyatt Newporter
in Newport Beach -- is all about raising money to help local children
The event takes place around the pool. It's casual, comfortable
and the lobster buffet is superb. There are a few tables left and
organizers promise an evening of fun, food and friendship under the
Newport stars. Tickets are $150 per person. Call the Children's
Bureau at (714) 517-1900, Ext. 213, for reservations.
Newport Beach's Barbara Nielsen joined prominent and charitable
SoCal women for the 30th annual spring benefit for the Luminaires, a
fundraising arm of the respected Doheny Eye Institute.
Founded in 1947 by Mrs. Edward L. Doheny, the institute became
affiliated with the University of Southern California. A half century
later, it is a major center for eye research, education, and patient
The afternoon at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Pasadena raised more
than $100,000, and was co-chaired by Gail Boskovich and Libby de
Juan. Nielsen coordinated the fashion show, billed as "Traveling In
Style," featuring clothing from designers around the world.
Newport and L.A. gals who supported the cause included Betty Ann
Brooks, Bobbie Galpin, Cinda Hoeven, Caroline Kinkle, Mary Lane,
Ollie Lynn and Susan Wofford.
Popular upscale clothier Gary's of Fashion Island stepped up to
the plate for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, hosting an in-store
cocktail reception for some 300 well-dressed guests who helped raise
$50,000 to fight cancer.
The upbeat evening featured local music legend Bill Medley of the
Righteous Brothers, who sang "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" to the
delight of the crowd. Medley was then joined by his daughter McKenna
to perform a duet, "I Had The Time Of My Life."
Gary's marketing director Michelle Roeder recently lost her dad
Richard Roeder, also a fashion and retail executive, and the evening
was dedicated to his loving memory. Additional sponsorship came from
Cole Haan, David Wilhelm's Culinary Adventures and Rodnik Vodka.
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