The Palm Garden at The Island Hotel, Newport Beach, welcomed 110 guests this past Saturday evening for "Hot, Hot Havana Nights." The Big Canyon/ Spyglass Hill Philharmonic Society of Orange County produced the lively affair, which included dinner and dancing, ultimately raising $25,000 for The Philharmonic Society. The honors of the evening, named for the late Kim Grubman, went to Christel Schar for her "unselfish dedication on every committee supporting The Philharmonic Society."
"Christel Schar is quiet but mighty," said Margaret Clark, a society member and event coordinator
Flower arraignments were provided courtesy of Newport Beach hairstylist Craig Brown. The evening's auction helped to bring in additional funds, thanks to the hard work of Barbara Taylor. Spotted in the crowd were Martha and Malcolm Green, Barbara and Paul Penrose, Joan and Richard Stevens, JoAnn Kenton, Ollie Hill and her fiancé John Oxenham, Al and Joyce Dieda, and Al and Margaret Clark.