THE CROWD:Fundraisers benefit children's programs

January 13, 2007|By B.W. COOK

The Balboa Bay Club & Resort was the setting for a gala luncheon enjoyed by 200 local women supporting Court Appointed Special Advocates, otherwise known as CASA.

The Orange County-based children's charitable organization is led by Susie Luer, Friends of CASA president, in conjunction with Anne Milligan, executive director.

Luer also chaired the luncheon, which featured an informal fashion presentation by Tory Burch and special addresses by two dedicated CASA advocates: Laurie Di Giovanni and Theresa Barta.


Also in the crowd were event committee members Linda Colton, Deborah Keillor, Stacy Holder, Ellen Small, Kimberly Prado and Danusia Keusder. Dina Solomon, Katherine Bland, Robin Barker, Joyce Piercey, Cathy Bart, Stacy Jones, Julie Brennan, Carolyn Luttio and Sandra Gee also participated in the fundraiser, which brought in more than $65,000 for programs to assist abused, abandoned and neglected children.

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In other children's charity news, the Child Abuse Prevention Center hosted wives of professional athletes at "Luck Be a Lady" casino night, held at Joe's Garage automotive museum in Tustin.

The event was chaired by Jendy and Robb Nen, a former San Francisco Giants pitcher, and attracted other athletes, such as Scott Covington, Nelson Emerson, Darin Erstad, Danny Farmer, Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Craig Greback, Bobby Grich, Trigger Gumm and Mickey Hatcher.

Other local athletes joining the fun were Rob Johnson, Adam Kennedy, John Lackey, Mark McGwire, Sammy Pahlsson, Teemu Selanne, Aaron Sele, Brett Tomko and Clyde Wright.

The party was a casual affair, featuring a live and silent auction with — you guessed it — specialty items from the world of sports memorabilia. Joe's Garage, which is normally filled with spectacular exotic sports cars, overflowed with athletic prowess helping to raise significant funds. Tickets ranged in price from $150 to more than $500 per person, with proceeds benefiting the family support programs of the Child Abuse Prevention Center that serves some 165,000 at-risk children and families in Orange County.

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The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce will come together for a lively dinner Friday at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort in Newport Beach.

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