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Exciting events take shape at South Coast

October 16, 2009|By B.W. Cook

South Coast Plaza is becoming Grand Central Station for fabulous events.

This week a Wednesday night affair in a tent erected on the northwest side of the center was possibly the most lavish of Orange County extravaganzas created to introduce the community to the upcoming partnership between Carnegie Hall and the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and in particular the Chinese cultural explosion set to be presented to Orange County audiences this coming season.

A few days prior, one of Orange County’s longest-running and most admired charitable groups, the Angelitos de Oro, also came together in the jewel court at South Coast Plaza to launch their holiday shopping spree.

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The crowd descended upon the jewel court at dusk for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and to buy the $60 Angelitos card, which entitles the bearer to 20% discounts at more than 125 participating South Coast Plaza boutiques Wednesday to Oct. 28. The $60 Angelitos card purchase goes to Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Orange County and the holiday savings at all the stores benefit the consumers as well as the merchants.

Last year the Angelitos raised $190,000 from the card sales. Since the group was founded in 1961, the women have raised and donated more than $3.7 million to support the programs of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Orange County. Each and every year more than 1,500 children are assisted by the organization in this community alone.

Spotted in the South Coast Plaza crowd were Janet Hackett, Kelly Mazzo, Pamela Schmider, Laura Frasier, Ali Ramser, Gigi and Sam Spragins, Dave and Marilyn Wooten, Jackie Glass, Toni Berlinger, Bonnie McClellan, David and Laraine Eggleston, Beth Bidna, Diana Lorenzi, and Twyla and Chuck Martin. To purchase an Angelitos card call (949) 642-9883 or visit any South Coast Plaza concierge desk.

In the social and charitable world there are a few dominant names on the national map associated with raising major funds and awareness for causes that effect multimillions of Americans.

On the East Coast one such name is that of the late cosmetics giant Estee Lauder and her daughter-in-law, Evelyn Lauder, who have perhaps more than any other women in recent history had an impact on the prevention and cure for breast cancer.

In 1989, Evelyn Lauder launched a fund drive to raise more than $18 million to establish a breast center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital in New York.

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