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The Crowd: Hot Havana Nights at Island Hotel

June 23, 2010|B.W. Cook
  • David and Kyle Team, Lucie and Geoff Moore help raise $606,000 for CASA.
David and Kyle Team, Lucie and Geoff Moore help raise $606,000… (Handin, Handin )

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.

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South Coast Plaza presented the second annual Stars of Santa Barbara, a food and wine event held al fresco at the posh shopping center's Garden Terrace.

More than 40 wineries from Santa Barbara County were front and center, pouring their wine selections for an enthusiastic crowd of more than several hundred patrons who had paid upwards of $100 per person, all of which will benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.

Participating restaurants included AnQi, Marché Moderne, Charlie Palmers, Pizzeria Ortica, Morton's, Antonello Ristorante, Pinot Provence, Hamamori, Quattro Café, and Signature Kitchen to name a few.

Newport Coast billionaire and Broadcom co-founder Henry T. Nicholas III once again opened his majestic estate to welcome the students and their families from throughout Orange County graduating from The Nicholas Academic Centers in Santa Ana.

The dinner party and graduation ceremony attracted hundreds of jubilant young people from inner-city high schools who are all graduating and college bound.

Speakers included Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido, retired Orange County Judge Jack Mandel, educator Corina Espinoza, and host Henry Nicholas.

The enormous crowd was treated to a buffet supper prior to the graduation ceremony and a presentation of awards and honors for students representing the two Nicholas Academic Centers.

It was the 50th "End of the Rainbow" luncheon thrown by The National Charity League, Newport Chapter.

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